In Reply to: 1947 ford n series tractor posted by Rick Peiffer on May 25, 2020 at 08:47:58:
Casting date codes can mean little or not a lot. Parts were put in the pipeline and used up where applicable til the new ones came online. early 8N's had '47 date code tags as new 8N parts were cast and ready to machine. Engine block serial number defines just the assembled engine QC passing the break-in test. Engine block also has a date code on the starter pocket. My early 8N has an engine casting date code tag of "I167" which decodes to September 16, 1947 as the date the block was cast, not built. Hydraulic pump base also ha date code tag on the bottom. Other signs yours is a 2N would be: DRAFT CONTROL ONLY; NO FORD script on hood; no air cleaner door; 3-speed trans; cutout and 1-wire generator; 1-wire starter motor; 5-bolt hole pattern front wheels; riveted 6-bolt hole pattern on rears; toolbox on outside LH behind the battery, to name a few. Cannot go by paint colors to ID any tractor as John said.