In Reply to: unknown gear cluster in very front of center section posted by Jack Bud on June 16, 2020 at 16:39:08:
No, no such thing as an 'experimental draft control' in 1951. DRAFT CONTROL was used on the 9N beginning in 1939. Any and all 'experimenting' was done by Ford engineers at the Rouge in 1938/1939. ALL FORD vehicle serial numbers used the STAR (*) symbol for the prefix and the suffix. It was to denote steel cylinder sleeves were used and used up until early 1950 then changed to a DIAMOND SYMBOL (<>) and cast iron liners were now used. Serial numbers were hand stamped one digit and character at a time and thus a lot ended up being weak and unaligned. You can look closer at yours and probably find the leading star on yours, but, a moot point now since steel liners are no longer serviced. Makes one wonder why FORD had to define steel in the first place. We'll get back to that. To answer previous question, NO, Ford didn't have any 'experimental' draft control systems or special markings. The first working DRAFT CONTROL was designed by the Ferguson team on the 1936 Ferguson-Brown Type A Tractor and it was the Ford engineering team who improved and revised it beginning in November, 1938, when Harry Ferguson and Henry Ford shook hands and the 9N was born. ALL 9N and 2N models had DRAFT CONTROL only. It was the FORD team who designed and built the POSITION CONTROL system and first released in conjunction with DRAFT CONTROL (see RH lever under seat?) with the new 8N Model in July, 1947. Any brass plate was most likely added by a dealer -NOT a factory item. JMOR and Bruce(OR) answered the initial question about the Howard Transmission. We have some info on it in our HOW-TO’s forum. What parts books and what web site are you referencing? We have it all on this web site –the NTC. If you want me to post your pictures, email them in jpg and I can put them in your post here.
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