In Reply to: Re: Alum hood tractor in sale posted by J52J on November 09, 2017 at 15:39:35:
The first 700-800 9Ns used the aluminum hoods as the steel stamping dies were not made correctly, wrong calculations for shrink factor used, and the Ford engineers had to come up with a quick fix. Fords' right-hand man, Charles Sorenson's son owned a foundry and so they used his place to cast the hoods in aluminum until the steel stamping dies were corrected and put into production. The aluminum hoods were painted same 9N Ford-M2888 Dark Gray as the rest of the tractor. It has become fashionable for some restorers to leave them unpainted now and polish to a bright luster shine. There are no points lost for having either way, but since tractor shows don't judge anyway, it is a moot point. I think the polished ones are done just to show they are aluminum but personally I like to see an early 9N with aluminum hood painted as it was originally.