The Ford 9N Engine Rebuild Chronicle|
by Bill Dakin
The task at hand began small and simple enough - the 9N Ford-Ferguson governor
would not kick in and it needed overhauling. Well, that project proceeded just
fine. While I was at it, I decided I might as well overhaul the carburetor, and replace the axle
pivot, and rebuild the generator, and.... Soon the tractor was down to
a bare block, transmission, and differential. The rest is history, as they say.
Prior to the start of restoration in late August 1998
Restoration complete in February 1999
Perseverance is not an overused term in describing the extent a restorer will go
through in hopes of bringing back a rusting piece of history. Persistence was taught to me
at an early age while helping my grandfather go about the chores on the farm.
Although we did not tear into any of the tractors for complete repairs, he did put me to
work on them plowing wheat stubble, running a disc harrow through the pecan orchard, and
driving a grain truck to the elevator. Perhaps all of these fun chores (fun to a city
kid) caused me to respect the effort involved in farm and ranching. More than this, the
experience permanently recorded the memory of my grandfather that continues today through
IHC and Ford antique tractor restoration.
The 1941 9N described in this engine overhaul chronicle developed a few
performance problems in late 1998. Indications pointed to the ignition,
compression, and moderately low oil pressure which all contributed to a machine
that was not efficient and was not fun to operate or maintain. Now the 9N is a joy to
drive through the pecan orchard, cut grass, haul pruned branches, or rest at
tractor shows. I'm certain my grandfather would be proud today.
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