In Reply to: Re: unknown gear cluster in very front of center section posted by Tim Daley(MI) on June 17, 2020 at 05:42:11:
FORD engineers were working on a different hydraulic system practically from the 8N start-up the release of the 8N but never put anything into production until the NAA Model. Ferguson had been fired by Henry Ford II in 1946 when he took over as CEO upon his grandfather's death and his first order of business was to dissolve the 'handshake agreement'. FORD engineers designed the 8N without Ferguson and much, if not all, was kept from him including developing POSITION CONTROL and a better hydraulic system. Ferguson had been bitter about the Ford arrangement as early as 1942 and was secretly seeking a producer for his own tractor. He used FORD 9N Blueprints, with all the Ford logos blotted out but all the manufacturers he approached knew darn well it was the 9N. A few Ford engineers and CEO Kyes were alerted and Ford kept Ferguson in the dark after that. When Ferguson came out with his TE20 and TO-20 models, almost all part numbers were identical to the Ford numbers except the '9N' prefix was deleted. When the Ford-Ferguson team began designing the 9N in November, 1938, Harry wanted an OHV engine, 4-speed transmission, and flip up hood. Ford engineers overruled his request and had to redesign everything about the new 9N including the 3-pt hydraulic system. Ferguson got his wish with his TE and TO tractors with the OHV, not introduced on any Ford model until September, 1952, with the NAA Model, and a 4-speed trans, introduced on the 8N Model. By the time Ferguson won his lawsuit against Ford, the "Ferguson 3-Pt. Draft Design was obsolete and the courts allotted Harry about 1/10th of his original suit price. Contrary to popular myth, Ferguson was not an engineer nor the designer of the 3-PT Draft Control System though he had all the patents in his name. All the credit for the draft control system goes to the Ferguson team of engineers -Willie Sands, Archie Greer, and John Chambers.