1951 Ford 8N was my first project over the winter of 2017 and 2018. A friend had ask me for help reinforcing a lean-to. The Ford was parked underneath. I was only going to buy it to park outside as lawn art. Well guess what, I had to see why it wouldn’t turn over. One thing led to another and I was hooked. That’s how I caught the bug for restoring old tractors.
The Farmall 100, belongs to a local farmer. It was the first tractor his Dad bought when they started the farm, back in the 50’s. I did a partial restoration on it in return for a Farmall Super A.
I bought this 1954 Ford Jubilee 2 years ago and started buying parts for it. In July of 2018 I started to rebuild and paint it, once I started I just couldn’t stop myself. It is my first tractor restoration and it is very addictive. Now I am looking for the next project.
You can learn exactly when your Ford tractor was manufactured. It just takes a little bit of know-how to find and decipher the codes on your tractor. Here’s how:
First, locate the date code. You’ll find it on the right side of your tractor, imprinted on the flywheel housing. Look just behind the starter and above the lug nut in the flywheel housing.
You should find a series of three codes. The first is the tractor’s model number. The second is the production code. The final is the tractor’s serial number. These three numbers can give you TONS of information about your tractor, but today we’re going to focus on finding out the exact production date of your tractor.
To determine this, look at the tractor production code, also known as the unit date code.
The first digit of the tractor production code gives the production year. For tractors manufactured between 1965 and 1974, the digit corresponds with the last number in the year. So a tractor that is manufactured in 1965 would have a production code that begins with the number 5. A tractor manufactured in 1971 would have a 1 at the start of its production code (shown above on my Ford 3000).
Next comes a letter, which represents the month. January is A, February is B, and so on.
Then comes the day. This is a simple numerical date, 1 through 31.
Finally comes the shift. A tractor made on the midnight shift has a production code that ends with the letter A. The day shift got B, and second (afternoon shift) got C. I know that this method works for Ford models 2000, 3000, 4000, and 5000, but I’m not sure about other models. Let me know what kind of results you get on your own tractor!
My husband wanted an older tractor that was reliable, but also brought back the memories he has of being a kid plowing in his Granddad’s fields. We wanted one that was just the right size for our hobby farm and could pull the old tandem that belonged to his Granddad. Our 8N tractor is the perfect tractor. Not only is it reliable. It is perfect for our hobby farm. Most importantly for me, it brings back those happy memories for my husband.
This 1953 Jubilee is my late Fathers’, … Mr E.O. Knudslien of Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada. Dad passed away In October, 2008.
Dad retired in the mid eighties, but was always very active and had to be doing something, so he started doing groundskeeping maintenance. He started off with smaller contracts, and progressed into larger ones, so he started looking for a larger tractor. He found the ad for the Jubilee from a retired farmer several hours away. Dad was originally a farmer too so he was well versed on tractors and loved the thought of having a Jubilee.
My parents hooked up a trailer to their pickup and went to look at the tractor, and ended up bringing it home. As I mentioned, he bought it from a retired farmer, forced to retire because he became blind. As was told by my parents, the happiest person as a result of the sale of the tractor aside from Dad was the farmer’s wife. Although he was blind, he still wanted to drive the tractor, which meant that she would have to bundle up when required and go along with him, then walk alongside the tractor as he drove it and tell him where to steer and when to stop. There was loader on the Jubilee so of course he would have to operate that as well and I could well imagine that there were some “difference of opinions” on those excursions.
Dad went on to use it for mowing and snow removal, and other chores as business dictated. Dad once told me that he would like to restore the Jubilee as it had a few wounds and the paint was peeling off and very faded, but he never got around to it before he passed.
July, 2015, I decided that I should fulfill Dad’s wish and restore the Jub. I removed the loader, gave it a thorough washing and brought it in my garage to start the restoration. I read quite a bit about the Jubilee and discovered that the grille was not correct, it had the oblong crank hole, which accompanied several other “boo-boos” on the hood and other places. I smiled, thinking back to the old blind gentleman, and wondered how many things he ran into before his wife figured out he was blind. I completed the restoration on October 18th for the most part one day before the 7th year of Dad’s passing. I still have to get the correct grille and replace the hydraulic pump, but that will be next spring.
I would like to thank Steiner Tractor Parts for their excellent service and quality parts that I ordered.
Wishing you and all of my fellow tractor fans a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2016.
Elwin Martens of St Johns Michigan was kind of enough to share this bit of history with us. The picture was taken on August 11th 1947 in St Johns Michigan in front of Egan Tractor Sales. The employees of Egan’s watched as they received their first Ford 8N tractor. Pictured in the window (from left to right) are Jay Egan, George Smith, Larry Burns and Arthur Martens (Elwin’s father), all anxiously awaiting the delivery.