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Fordson Tractors Discussion Forum

1935 Fordson N in orange?

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Lance Peters

05-09-2010 05:02:19
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We have a Fordson N which dates 1935 according to the engine number and another internet site. It is painted orange even though I am told that Fordson changes to orange from blue in 1937. There is no evidence we can find of it being painted from blue and it has been in the family for quite some time. It also has a water air filter, not the oil air filter that came with the '37 orange models. Can anyone explain why this could be?

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Lance Peters

05-21-2010 16:23:56
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 Re: 1935 Fordson N in orange? in reply to Lance Peters, 05-09-2010 05:02:19  
Thanks all for replies.
The only other thing we've been able to think of is that my Great Grandfather would have bought it approximately 1938-1940 and perhaps the fellow selling it wanted it to look like a newer model than it was. If it were repainted I would have thought there would more evidence of blue paint underneath the orange. Sometimes these things come up in old machinery collection.

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Kav

05-11-2010 16:44:54
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 Re: 1935 Fordson N in orange? in reply to Mike Farmer, 05-09-2010 05:02:19  

Lance Peters said: (quoted from post at 23:02:19 05/09/10) We have a Fordson N which dates 1935 according to the engine number and another internet site. It is painted orange even though I am told that Fordson changes to orange from blue in 1937. There is no evidence we can find of it being painted from blue and it has been in the family for quite some time. It also has a water air filter, not the oil air filter that came with the '37 orange models. Can anyone explain why this could be?


Hi everybody, In 1946-47 my father had a Fordson that was made in Cork which was painted Orange from new. Apparently there were a lot of orange tractors exported to other countries during the war, when the local tractors were repainted green. Best regards - Michael.

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Butch Howe

05-10-2010 17:32:09
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 Re: 1935 Fordson N in orange? in reply to Lance Peters, 05-09-2010 05:02:19  
I would say that I don't have a clue why it would be orange. The last year of the water bath air cleaners was 1936 but I'm sure that they were put on early 1937 Fordsons to use them up. A note about the orange color. At the beginning of WW2 the Germans were attacking England from the air. Those orange Fordsons really stood out in the field. So many were repainted a dark color and production color went to green.

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Mike Farmer

05-11-2010 10:45:22
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 Re: 1935 Fordson N in orange? in reply to Butch Howe, 05-10-2010 17:32:09  
About the colour of your tractor there could be a thousand reasons. So I'm not a lot of help
The bit about them being visible targets is almost true. In fact it was because they were produced at Dagenham, a town on the river Thames estuary and only a few miles from central London. As you will readily see a whole football field sized factory park of bright orange tractors was a beautiful target but also a way marker for the aircraft that were bombing London. Least thats the way I understand it. Incidently I was around then and I honestly can't recall seeing an orange Fordson working in a field. Perhaps all the local guys just up and painted them. Take care MTF

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cdmn

05-09-2010 19:19:21
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 Re: 1935 Fordson N in orange? in reply to Lance Peters, 05-09-2010 05:02:19  
Sometimes if a municipality ordered tractors, they might want a special color. Orange is a common color for equipment that might need extra visibility.



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