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The Ford 9N Engine Rebuild Chronicle
by Bill Dakin

9N before, august 1998
Prior to the start of restoration in late August 1998
9N after, February 1999
Restoration complete in February 1999
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.

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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