In Reply to: The Red/Blue Thing posted by RonandMary on December 06, 2017 at 01:23:28:
Fact of the matter is that 8N's, NAA's and 100 Series Fords were the darker red /gray scheme. The '58 and later 101 Series were the lighter red-orange and gray. The 62's were mandated by FMC to paint engines blue as part of a corporate wide "Blue Stands for Quality" ad campaign wherefore all new Ford engines were to receive blue paint as a sign of quality. This was in response to Ford taking a big reputation hit from producing some inferior engines. Since all engines were mandated to be blue and much to the displeasure of the folks at Ford Tractor, tractors switched colors to blue and gray. Not sure about just when but sometime in the '50's actually you could order them in your color scheme, one catch, minimum order was 250 units! Painting older tractors new colors was a highly recommended procedure as much research had been done on just that proving the updated paint helped sell used stock quicker and at substantially higher prices.