In Reply to: The Red/Blue Thing posted by RonandMary on December 06, 2017 at 01:23:28:
Like Kirk said, the Ford Vermillion (Red)and Ford Medium Gray paint scheme was used from July, 1947 thru the early 60's when the Thousand Series was introduced -no exceptions. That was the Highland Park production procedure. The Empire Blue and Egg Shell White paint scheme was part of the new Ford look starting in 1962. When a city or community a fleet of models to be used for highway, park, and municipality use, often they were requested to be repainted yellow, or red, or pink, whatever, but only at the dealer -never from the Ford HP Plant. The ad Kirk shows is an example of what was also available and note it says to contact your local dealer. A similar memo was issued by Ford to all dealers when the 8N was first introduced. The bulletin stated that inventory of 2N models could be painted the new Vermillion red and medium gray 8N scheme in order to move the tractors. Prospective new customers would see the red and light gray and may think they were getting a new 8N model. It was kind of a deceit method by Ford, but I doubt if they really sold many models based purely on color. Heck, my uncle painted the family early 9N Blue and White back in the 60's and I still have not put it back to original. I'm concentrating on engine rebuild at the moment and will get to paint at the end of the project.
Tim *PloughNman* Daley(MI)