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Re: 9N - Dark Blue?

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Tim Daley(MI)

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9Ns and 2ns were ALL painted Ford Dark Gray -M2888 from the factory. In early 1943, the 2N Ford-Ferguson was modified for a war time vehicle using many outside supplied parts to beef it up and it was called the Moto-Tug. Built under contract with US Navy, they were used on carriers, airfields, and various other places to pull WWII airplanes around with. They were designed with a lower o/a height to slip underneath plane wings and such plus had hydraulic brakes -you wouldn"t trust a normal N"s brakes on a carrier would you? The Tug had a BP paint spec that was also advertised in brochures for military and industrial use stating it could be painted olive drab green or Lusterless Ocean Grey -a bluish tinted shade as Tugs on carriers were painted. What is the serial number of your "41? Moto-Tugs used a US Navy code -BNO prefix on the Tugs. Sounds like your tractor was painted by someone using those colors.

Tim "PloughNman" Daley(MI)

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10-05-2013 17:04:57

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 Re: 9N - Dark Blue? in reply to Tim Daley(MI), 10-05-2013 04:28:42  
The serial number of the "41 begins with 9N. It does not appear to be lower than a typical N-series as if it was a moto-tug. I also cannot find any remnants of any military insignia. But certainly if it is a repaint whoever did it was thorough in that they must have totally stripped it - but apparently didn"t use primer.

I plan to repaint the std dark grey but if it came this way from the factory - and from what I am reading it did not - I would consider leaving it this color...


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