Re: Running boards

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Posted by Tim Daley(MI) on November 24, 2020 at 05:51:50 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Running boards posted by Mike Burton on November 22, 2020 at 16:35:47:

FACTS: The Ford-Ferguson 9N Tractor never came with factory installed running boards period. FORD never made them for the 9N either. Running Boards were not introduced until the release of the FORD 8N Tractor in July, 1947. As the 9N popularity increased, farmers were soon coming up with their own and a few aftermarket companies began making and offering their own renditions like the Michler Co. ones seen in Kirk(NJ)'s ad. Dealers would soon supply the aftermarket sets because farmers demanded them, but, again, they were never made by FORD. Also, DEARBORN MOTORS never offered them either. The handshake agreement between Henry Ford and Henry “Harry” Ferguson was officially and legally dissolved on December 31, 1946 by the new FoMoCo CEO, Henry’s grandson, Henry Ford II. Any and all 2N Models sold in 1947 were built with motors made in 1946. DEARBORN MOTORS and a new tractor model had been in the planning stages for at least two years. On January 1, 1947 DEARBORN MOTORS was incorporated and became the new distribution network, replacing the Ferguson Corp for tractors and implements, and the 8N Model would be the first of these, being released on July 2, 1947 to the public. The 9N/2N model was in the past. DEARBORN would distribute the new 8N tractor and all new implements would carry a DEARBORN MOTORS ID Tag with all new models and part numbers. FORD was looking to the future now and everything was geared towards the 8N and the line of implements for it. There was no need for did they ever supply running boards for the 9N. All efforts would from then after be concentrated on and promoting and selling the new 8N Model. When the 9N was designed, items such as the running boards were never considered. The same with headlights. Both were never OEM items at the Rouge factory. They were an oversight by FORD engineers and every tractor with and after the 8N would have running boards. Headlights were still dealer optional kits until the 800 Model. Today every make and model of tractor, along with some type of the 3-PT system, includes running boards or steps and lights. Sensible practicality. Progress.

Tim Daley(MI)

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