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.
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!
The trivia question for this edition is from our blog. According to guest writer Rachel Gingell’s “12 Fun Things To Do with Your Antique Tractor” what is the #7 most fun thing to do with a restored tractor? Enter your answer here and 10 random participants with the correct answer will receive an exclusive Steiner 100% cotton hoodie with real embroidery. Good luck!
Me and my tractor story: Well anyone that knows me, knows the story of my “wedding ring” tractor. When my husband and I married 20 some years ago, I didn’t have a ring as I wanted to design one. Well, just after getting married, I found this wonderful little Cletrac F crawler and it was just like the cute little crawler I had seen at Oscar’s Dreamland in Billings Montana! I had fallen in love with the one that Oscar Cooke’s wife had found in Canada, and could not get that tractor out of my heart! Just a few miles from home, Roger took me to see a Farmall sitting in a field. I looked next door, and back behind a shed it was there just waiting for me! I could not believe my eyes! I asked the guys that had the Farmall if they knew anything about that little Cletrac, and they told me I didn’t have enough money to buy it. We left, and I saw a for sale sign on the property and called. I told my husband I really wanted to buy that crawler even though it was quite a lot of money. He said, it was a ring or the tractor, and well we know how that turned out! I love my little Cletrac, and it is my priceless treasure.
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Grammy Hallman has been fortunate and blessed to be able to live by herself and to do her yard work. She is 94 years old and mowing up a storm. She uses her John Deere mower to cut her grass in the summer and to mulch her leaves in the winter. She enjoys riding her lawn mower and says that it is therapy for her. This goes to show you that you are never to old to enjoy riding a John Deere!
This is a 1959 John Deere 630 purchased new by my Dad, E. Carl Launius. I restored it with help from McLean Implement, with Scott Dial doing paint and body work. This 630 has been in the family since 1959 and I plan on it staying for many more generations.