In Reply to: Confirming year of 8n posted by Barry on August 28, 2020 at 19:04:39:
From John Smith's site:
1947 (8N) Serial number 8N1 - 8N37907
8N production started July 7th, 1947. These tractors were sold as '48 models, so it's technically not correct to refer to one as a '47 8N. It should probably be referred to as an 8N built in '47. Early models up to serial number 27940 had a clutch pedal linkage consisting of a bolt on the pedal which pushed on a short lever arm to release the clutch. They were prone to breakage and at 27941 the linkage was updated to the style that continued through the NAA tractors. Some of the earliest tractors still had holes in the grille for the Ferguson System badge that was used on the 2N but they were covered with brass plugs. The radius rod front clevis resembled the 2N type, and the PTO engagement lever mounted on a cast iron cover. The engine block was the same as the 2N block and did not yet have the "8N" cast into it on the left side behind the starter.