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Got A Ford Tractor? Come Join The Club
One of the country's newest "collector groups" is the "Ford 2N, 8N and 9N Preservation Society founded by J. Todd Miles of Milbury, Mass. Miles also publishes a bimonthly newsletter called Small Farmer for members of the new Preservation Society.
Says Miles: "Anyone can advertise in the newsletter. But most want to buy or sell Ford tractors, or parts. Right now, parts are the major concern of anyone wanting to restore these tractors. Ford no longer makes engine blocks for these models and replacement blocks must be obtained from other tractors. Certain other parts are equally hard to find and command a good price on the used market."
Ford Preservation Society membership costs $5 per year and includes six issues of the Small Farmer newsletter. In addition to ads for tractors, parts and similar items, much of the newsletter is devoted to questions and answers on various aspects of Ford tractor renovation. If Miles, or other experts he can call on, is unable to provide answers, the question is printed in the newsletter and readers are invited to send answers - how to solve particular problems, where to find specific parts, does anyone have an original operator's manual, etc.
The 9N Ford-Ferguson was introduced in 1939, followed by the 2N in 1942. The red and gray Ford 8N came
out in 1947 following the separation of Ford and Ferguson. According to Ford Tractor Operations, more than 800,000 "N" series Ford tractors were built from 1939 to 1952, and many are still in use on farms around the world.
Miles says it depends somewhat on the part of the country, but any "N" that even barely runs will bring about $500 today. However, one that's been rebuilt and has good paint may sell for $2,000 or more. At a recent wholesale equipment auction in Alabama, two 1951 8N's in "excellent" condition brought $1,650 each and another of the same age sold for $1,700. A 1948 8N in "good" condition went for $1,400. A recent ad in the Small Farmer offered five "N's" for $1,000 and up apiece.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, J. Todd Miles, Graystone Farm, Milbury, Mass. 01527 (ph 617 754-4612). Miles asks that anyone wishing a sample copy of the Small Farmer newsletter please enclose a stamped selfaddressed, business-size envelope.
If you're interested in the older Fordson tractors, introduced in 1917, contact: Charles R. Hope, Jr., R. 2, Box 1434, Purcellville, Va. 22132 (ph 703 338-2500). In England, a Fordson Owner's Club is headed by Arthur Batelle, editor of Fordson Magazine, Abaston, Derby, England.

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