Re: Serial Number help

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Posted by Tim Daley(MI) on October 30, 2020 at 07:13:19 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Serial Number help posted by Robert Eggert on October 29, 2020 at 18:08:25:

Welcome aboard! Don’t see a picture --- you have to use an offsite photo hosting place to link your picture. Try –it’s free. First, before you start buying a bunch of new parts and replacing, hold off until you read the Essential Manuals and then determine if a part is defective and needs to be rebuilt, most major parts can be rebuilt, or purchased new. Next issue is the serial number on the block. Don’t put a whole lot into s/n’s. Unless you have an early 1939 or 1940 9N worthy of a true restoration, just concern yourself with what you have on your tractor. Serial numbers were hand-stamped on the engine block AFTER the assembled engine was built and tested by QC. Many engines got swapped out with blown ones so block may not match the rest of the tractor. What you should be concerned with is that all 9N and 2N models were stamped with the ‘9N’ prefix – there never was a ‘2N’ serial number stamp. All 9N, 2N, and early 8N (all FORDs til 1950) serial numbers had a STAR (*) symbol before and after the s/n to designate steel cylinder sleeves were used. It’s a moot point nowadays because they only make cast iron liners now. Anyway, to list some items, all 9N/2N Models have a 3-Speed trans; DRAFT CONTROL only; the front mounted distributor; 1-Wire Starter Motor with NO SOLENOID; a 1-Wire/3-Brush 11 amp generator, ‘A’ Circuit design, with the round can cutout (after s/n 12500); and all using the 6-VOLT/ POSITIVE GROUND electrical system. Now some guys think 12V is better and will switch it out, often with catastrophic results because they don’t know how to do a conversion correctly. There’s nothing wrong with 12V, nor 6V for that matter just be sure it is wired correctly for that system. We have a ton of info in our HOW-TO’s forum, many OEM Master Parts Catalogs, and more all for FREE download. You need to have ADOBE (also FREE) loaded on your computer as all that info is in pdf format. Search out ‘John Smith’ in the LINKS forum and see his ‘Tractor ID/HISTORY’ document. Learn as much as you can before you even think about grabbing a wrench. Your best investment tool right now is the Essential Manuals.


Tim Daley(MI)

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