My Other Project: 1947 Ford Tractor





Introduction: My Other Project: 1947 Ford Tractor

About: I am 14 and enjoy pretty much everything old. my talents are baseball and annoying people with cool but useless facts. other than that I am a normal teenage homeschooler that owns a model T.

this project is a little more recent but not super new. this tractor was sitting on my mom and dads property when they bought it. when I saw it I thought it would be neat to get it running. so far I have learned that the engine is not seized (gladly), the starter and generator are both bad, and I need to replace the whole wiring system. I will also need to replace the front tires because the filling tube is filled with sediment. all in all I have a lot of work to do. I would appreciate very much any tips or advice that could be given.



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    Hi there,

    I think that you have pull out the engine to do the dirty job first. As a first step you have to de-rust the chassis and have clean all the pipes, hoses and repair the fittings. When you complete these jobs, try to start the engine after some minor maintenance in BOSCH petrol circuit the stems (perhaps) or some others that must finish before any installment. You have to rewire all the tractor if the engine is working well and without mysterious noises or some unidentified knocks. If you are familiar with machines you have to spend a lot of time before the painting job which is the easiest part. I hope to helped enough. Greetings from Greece. Themos

    I have an old 56 8n. Those tractors are serious work horses, they were overbuilt and will last. All of mine is still original (expect carb, battery, plugs, and distributor cap) and it's still chugging along. Have fun with it and don't forget to take breaks and watch YouTube videos lol. Also be sure to find a Good manual for it

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    I haven't really started rebuilding any of this tractor yet. I have been focusing on my model T ford. I cant wait to get started though. we also have a '56 ferguson. that thing can pull out stumps that the '05 Kubota can't.

    thanks for commenting,


    If you are in the US, Can find a lot of the small engine components from tractor supply co. There are a LOT of these tractors around. There were 3 major versions of this tractor. The original 9N, production start 1939, The 2N, which was modified for consideration of materials and started production in 1942, and the 8N, which started production in 1948. Massey Fergusson built one similar, which is often mistaken for the Fords. Many of the major parts on the Fords are interchangeable, but the standout identifier of a 2N is the rear wheel hubs, which you have. To be certain, you can get the serial from the engine block and google on how to determine type. Many of these were switched from the original magneto/6V system to am alternator/12V system. Most used a common GM Delco Remy alternator for this purpose. The distributor, as I recall was on the face of the Magneto and on the 2N is on the front of the motor. One of the weak spots on most of these is the hydraulics for the 3 point hitch, but there are plenty of sources for rebuilding. If running, as shown, would price out around $1200. You will have about half the price of the tractor in rubber were you to replace it all.

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    thanks I hadn't really searched around to find which model it was I just found a few parts that were stamped 9n so I figured it was. I bet what happened was parts were just replaced by the previous owner. if I get time in the next week I will get the serial # off it and look that up. thanks again and please look at my other projects.

    If you're going for a show piece. Step :1 have your head examined. Step :2 check your bank balance, if less than five places left of decimal, return to step 1. If more than five places, start disassembly, reconsider step 1. Ha ha. Have fun.

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    And finally when taking out starter make sure flywheel is in tact, it not expensive to fix but it does suck putting a new one in, I fixed a seized up farmall for 1800 bucks so it really all depends on your skill and labor, good luck

    Make sure when wiring take pictures of old wires and then follow those when putting in new ones, it makes it much easier to know what is happening, also before hooking it up even with the conversion if it is a negative or positive ground , you will know which it is once hooking up, ones sparks a lot and one work

    I rebuilt a 43 farmall and my neighbor has repaired a 46 9N, biggest things with these projects is finding a local place that carries parts for these which really isn't that hard due to the fact that parts when over a large number of years. Personally I used a local tractor supply that had new parts and old tractors in the back that you can salvage

    Almost 30 years ago I was pastor of a church that had 16 acres of ground, and we had to mow it. We bought a 1947 Ford 9N tractor and a bushhog rotary mower. I cannot tell if yours is a 9N or not. Ours ran, but a weak point was the 6 volt electrical system. One of the men eventually rebuilt the engine one winter. For you a lot depends on whether you want a working tractor to use or a tractor to show that is original in every detail. Ours got a lot of use and was very dependable.

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    mine is a 9n I forgot to put that in there. it has been converted to a 12v circuit. I don't think we will really be using it all that much for work because we have a 1956 massey ferguson and also a 2005 Kubota.

    Just a heads-up, if your tractor is a 1947 then it is a 2n. Good luck with your project!

    Both the 9N (introduced in 1939) and the 2N (introduced in 1942) were in production in 1947. I did not know that, but found it with a search.

    Awesome Henry makes V8 conversion kits for Ford N tractors! I have a friend with one.

    Steiner tractor. com and n-complete. com will be your friend. Those old n series are a dime a dozen in non running shape and I'd suggest finding the cheapest in best shape you can for parts. My 2 toys/waste of money are powermasters (58 and 59) but I enjoy tinkering with the simple tractors. I rebuilt both electrical systems upgrading my wires to bigger gauge and a 12 volt negative ground with 100 amp alternators. I done what I called a working restore. Painted up but I use both on the farm.