In Reply to: Re: Early 39 9N loop rims posted by Farmer Dan on October 04, 2018 at 08:36:48:
Yes, but it still costs $$$ to get any document. The Henry Ford and the Benson Ford Research Center are all run by kids nowadays. No offense but most kids don't have an interest nor care about old stuff. You just can't ask them to find something, they don't know where to begin. You need to have a grocery list of part numbers so they can plug into their computers -remember, they're kids, so they can't even go the bathroom without a laptop computer or cell phone. Don Barkley has set of the original 9N Blueprints so the info MAY be listed in there. There were 12 sets of prints made for the suit -both sides had a team of lawyers and each one got a set, plus the judge in New York where the suit was held. The Henry Ford auctioned off a lot of stuff back around the late 1990's/early 2000's and most sets sold there. Some were said not be complete sets, but I have no proof either way. The problem is Don spends very little time at Just8Ns now since he sold the business to Derek. Back when he did and even after he first handed off the company, we'd talk about once a week on the phone. If I had a question he didn't already know the answer to, he'd dig out the prints and verify by them. You have to remember though when the lawsuit was initiated by Ferguson -after 1946 when he was let go by Henry II. The blueprints then may not have been current versions so might not have had the early info on them anyway. It'd be great if the prints were the original first 9N prints, but only Don can answer that. As Marvin Baumann always said, there will never be a complete list or book written on the Ford Tractor because so much was undocumented, mostly early on, that dates and data are just not available. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Brock in person in June, 2006 at the F/FCA show in Penfield, IL. The three of us and Derek Barkley had a very special time talking of the early 9N.
DON BARKLEY SHOWS HAROLD BROCK AN ORIGINAL SET OF 9N BLUEPRINTS, JUNE 2006: