Tractor Story – Ford 8N

This is my Ford 8N. I got it from my Grandpa. It’s been neglected for a few years to say the least. I’ve had to rebuild the steering box and now I’m working on s stuck clutch. All the sheet metal is bad so I have to replace it all. My Dad and my son have been helping on the project It’s neat for me to share this with my son cause I remember riding this tractor when I was around his age. There’s been a lot I’ve fixed on it but there’s a lot more to go also. Hopefully soon I will be able to post pictures of it finished. I just think it’s pretty cool keeping the tractor in the family.  As you can see in the pics my son is more than eager to help out. Thanks for reading.

Doug Lohrey
Gratis, Ohio

1953 Golden Jubilee – Think Pink

Matthew-LisI went to a barn sale for a farmer that was retiring. I asked his wife if they had any old tractors for sale. She said that they had an old one in the field. Her husband said he forgot about that one. We went out and looked at it. It was a 1953 Golden Jubilee. I bought the tractor right then and there. I went back the next day with my chain saw and cut it out and brought it home. I was able to get it running 3 weeks later. My wife thinks I am crazy but I always wanted one of these old tractors.

Matthew Lis
Dayton, Ohio



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9N Ford ~ Think Pink

Pam-KirkThis was my wife’s Grandpa tractor it was in the barn 30 years after he passed away. It went to her dad and me and my son restored it for him . When he passed it went to my son . And it is still in the family he got it new in 1943.
Pam Kirk
Marengo, Ohio

Ford 8N – Think Pink

John-AlexanderMy wife and I purchased a house in Northern California with 5 acres. I suggested we needed a tractor and of course she said we didn’t, well you can tell by the look on her face that she loves it !!!!! Not only can I not get her away from it but it is now her profile picture on Facebook and the main topic of most of her posts .
John G. Alexander Jr.
Oroville, California

1941 Ford 9N

Ford_9N_1941_6_I’m retired for two years and I have always loved to refurbish old agricol equipment. Last year I refurbished a New Holland Manner spreader, model 512 and this year it was our Ford 9n 1941. It is thanks to your site and your support that I achieved the results you can see.

Ford-9N-BackMerci une fois de plus pour votre bon travail.

John Shore
Québec, Canada

Father-daughter team customizes a pair of classic Ford tractors

Rachel-Dan-1Dan Gingell has always been a tinkerer. He doesn’t like to go long without a special project in the corner of his shop, and he’s constantly dreaming up new ideas. After a couple of successful flathead V8 conversions, Dan was ready for a new challenge.

Inspiration struck after a visit to a local salvage yard. “It’s just filled with Chevy V6s,” Dan reported. “Everyone around here [near Flint, Michigan] used to work for GM, so the local junkyards are loaded with old Chevys.” Dan selected a 4.3 liter Chevy V6 from an unlikely source – a 1985 Astro Van. Dan explains that he wanted the older model to avoid a fuel-injected system. Why from an Astro Van? “They’ve got hundreds of them!” he explained. “If I took it out of the van, it was a better deal.” Dan loaded up the motor and started dreaming on his way back home.

Unlike a flatehead V8, Dan found that the V6 fit inside his 1951 8N without any structural adjustments – the hood and tie-rods remained the same. Dan upgraded to a racecar-style MSD ignition and used a 4-barrel Holley carburetor. The most difficult challenge was in the clutch. “Ford and Chevy just don’t get along!” Dan explained. With the help of his father-in-law, a skilled machinist, Dan custom-made a pilot bearing to attach the clutch.

While the gas tank was shrunk to accommodate the larger engine, the original fan and radiator remained intact. Exhaust comes straight off the engine – a real attention getter! The tractor gets hot fast, as you’d expect from a showstopper like this. All told, this 8N emerged from the shop jam-packed with around 200 horsepower under the hood.

Rachel-Dan-2Dan’s daughter, Rachel, started to get a little jealous. With the National Ford-Fordson Collectors Association Show coming up soon, Rachel started asking for a special tractor of her own to take. “I’ve wanted a pink tractor for years,” she explained. After finding a 1953 Golden Jubilee in desperate need of a paint job, Rachel knew she had the perfect opportunity – if she could just convince her dad. Eventually she got him to agree to the job, as long as Rachel promised to help along the way.

The first step was finding pink paint. When Rachel told the salesman at the local auto body shop that she wanted to buy some pink paint, he gave her a skeptical look. “This isn’t for one of your dad’s tractors, is it?” he asked. Rachel’s guilty smile prompted him to add, “Don’t answer that,” as he turned to mix the paint.

Dan and Rachel worked together to complete the paint job, using standard Ford grey alongside the custom pink paint. Even the Ford script and the lug nuts were hand-painted pink. The finishing touch, contributed by Rachel’s mother, Jennifer, was leather fringe eyelashes under the headlight beauty rings.

Both tractors were on display at Buckley’s Ford National show a couple years ago, where they were crowd favorites.

By Elizabeth McAdams

How to apply decals to your antique tractor


Watch as Rachel shows you how simple it can be to place decals on your antique tractor. A few easy tips can make your decals go on as smooth as the new paint job on your tractor. Finish your old iron restoration with this last touch to make everything tractor show ready.

Restore your Tractor’s Performance

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