This 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.
My 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.
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.
Dan 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.
Dan’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
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.
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The SCRAP club moves their tractors from their display at the
Sandusky County Fair on the monday evening after the fair ends on a “Tractors on Parade” ride to the clubs show grounds, White Star Park, Gibsonburg, Oh. & for the past several years, as they enter the park form our version of “script Ohio” The 26th annual show starts this labor day w/end, saturday thru monday.
Cleaning out the dairy pens with a 1948 8N was my first job when I was 8 yrs old.
In 2003 my wife found a basket case 8N for sale and bought it for me. I took 4 months to restore it in time to have our 10-yr-old grandson, Luke, drive it in the local parade. He won a blue ribbon. I still had my childhood tractor key for the 8N and over 50 years later it worked in the restored tractor.
Then… I began searching for running gear so we could build a parade wagon for our grandkids. Just 5 miles from our home I found one sitting in the weeds on a farm where the old wagon had been used to haul irrigation pipe. After pumping up the tires (yes they took air) We hauled it home and with a cutting torch stripped it down so a new frame could be made to receive wooden rails and benches. We built a nice step on the back and seats to haul 15 people. We even wired a 12 volt system so we could have LED lights on the wagon. Maiden voyage with the tractor and wagon was for one of our granddaughters 9th birthday with her friends. Then Christmas caroling. By-the-way the 8N serial number is: 24342 (A Palindrome- reads the same backwards). Now we are finished another ’48 8N which will be a twin. Our grandkids (as well as myself) are all learning to drive these great tractors of history. Thank you Henry Ford and Harry. And thank Steiner and others like them who keep this wonderful enjoyment going.!
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