Re: Serial Number Identification

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Posted by carl on August 28, 2021 at 05:53:16 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Serial Number Identification posted by Todd Teicheira on August 27, 2021 at 17:51:25:

All 9N and 2N tractors began with a ”9N” in their numbering system of serializing. There were no 2N numbers. They also had a star symbol in the s/n prefix and suffix.
First, don’t rely on a serial number to fully ID your tractor –it only ID’s the engine block and it may have been swapped out with another at some time. Your engine s/n of 114938 indicates it is a late 1943 product, too late to be a 2N War Horse Model as Kirk suggested. You can look for evidence of a warhorse by right dogleg with extra hole for the front choke rod; Marvel-Schebler TSX -38 Carb with dual choke throw lever; magneto; signs that the amp gauge was welded over with a plate; to name a few. If none exist then you never had a warhorse model.
Serial numbers mean nothing of value unless you have an early 9N or a true warhorse you plan on resurrecting to original. You need to go by the important points like front mount distributor, correct generator, correct starter, 6V cutout, or if it was changed over to 12V and the wiring system is correct. The Master Parts Catalogs can help and ID parts. You can get FREE downloads in our MANUALS forum. OEM Owners, Service Manuals, and the I&T FO-4 Manual also have info –electrical diagrams included. Get the ESSENTIAL MANUALS for your shop and coffee table – they are as valuable as any wrench. Here’s a LINK to an old post detailing Ford serial numbers and how they were done.

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