In Reply to: serial number pad posted by deanostoybox on October 19, 2020 at 16:36:20:
Serial numbers were hand stamped by a human. By the end of the day swinging a 5-10 lb hammer would fatigue even the strongest worker. S/N's were often weak and many are unreadable. No engine block had a machined 'pad' for the s/n. Technical term is 'boss' and it was as cast surface. Casting date code of "D117" denotes block was cast on April 11, 1947. It would have been one of the last 2Ns as Ferguson was gone by the end of 1946 and all '47 2Ns ended production by May as Ford was ramping up for the new 8N. Serial Numbers were hand stamped on the engine blocks AFTER the motors passed QC Inspection. Take date code and add 30 days or more approx to estimate actual tractor build date. Don't sweat the petty stuff, just know what you have - front mt; late steering; oval tube rad rods, and more.