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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Forum
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50 years ago

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Ultradog MN

01-03-2014 05:58:47

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I posted this on the Ford board too.

January 1964, Ford Tractor Division was probably hot and heavy in the development of their next generation of tractors. Taking all they'd learned from 25 years of tractor production and putting it to work on a completely new platform. Probably many of the same engineers and technicians who had been young during the development of the 9N.
No one knew at the time how successful it would be. They only knew they were up against some very tough competition in the ag manufacturing world and knew they had better get it right - especially after the disaster of the 6000s and SOS.
Building a World tractor with plants in Belgium and England for a world market.
The tractors they built were bigger and better than anything that had come before with features unheard of when the Ns were made.
I wish there was a place to read about the daily meetings and decisions that were taken then. Things like discussions of horsepower requirements, tranny options, types of PTOs to be offered, axle, steering and braking options and deciding which vendors of pumps and clutches, tachs, starters, pistons, gears, etc would be given contracts I think it would be fascinating to see where engineering had some other great ideas that were deemed too expensive or unprofitable by the bean counters. How the shape and style of the tin and fenders came about and also the planning for a whole new size of implements to fit these tractors were settled.
Some of the day to day, in the trenches kind of stuff.
I'm sure that with sales of the new line only 16 months away there were castings already made and mock ups built and various components being tested in a variety of ways.
I wish I could read it. Read an in depth story of the big step forward Ford was taking then. - the Ford Thousand Series Tractors.

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 Re: 50 years ago in reply to Ultradog MN, 01-03-2014 05:58:47  
I love my 4000------Will post pic later of it. I like the front weights and am afraid mine is "over weighted" in front.

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