First welcome aboard! As a newbie, if you plan on being a Ford Tractor owner/operator, you will need to get all essential manuals once we ID your tractor. There is plenty to know and can be a lot of fun working on and operating these fine old machines. Just read and know correct operations and safety points before firing up. Next, look in the right spot for serial number identification. Some of those numbers mean nothing. Colors mean nothing -many Dark Grey, Red & Grey and even Blue Ford tractors have been painted over, some yellow for municipalities some, ye gads, green and yeller! You said: "...It has a 4 speed transmission and a 4 cylinder valve in head engine...". All Ford N-Series tractors, the 9N, 2N, 8N, used the 4-culinder flat head 120 CID engine. Did you mean yours has an overhead valve type? If so, then that would be the 134 CID OHV "Red Tiger" engine used up thru the Hundred Series. Beginning with the '53 NAA (first released in September, 1952) Ford released the new Red Tiger OHV engine, still a 4-cylinder. The 600 Model, released in 1954, was essentially the NAA/Jubilee Model with some slight modifications, both with the same 134 engine. The NAA nose cone had the wheat straw logo nose cone emblem had the name GOLDEN JUBILEE on the Ford '53 JUBILEE. The '54 NAA had no 'JUBILEE" markings but still had the wheat straw nose cone emblem. ALL Hundred Series Models had a nose cone emblem as well simply ID'g the Model number, i/e 600/800/900. The OEM stnd transmission speed ranges were: 3 FOR/1 REV -all 9N/2N Models; 4 FOR/1 REV -all 8N Models; 4 FOR/1 REV -all NAA Models; 4 FOR/1 REV and 5 FOR/1 REV 600/800/900 - used both depending on Model. That doesn't include any auxiliary optional aftermarket transmissions like a Sherman, Hupp, or Everett so don't get cornfused. Finally, all Ford engines, nit just tractors, used a STAR symbol (*) in the serial number prefixes and suffixes to designate that steel cylinder sleeves were used. Beginning in April, 1950 Ford would revamp the 8N and one change was they now had cast iron cylinder sleeves. The serial numbers would then designate the DIAMOND (<>)symbol to signify cast iron sleeves were in use. It's a moot point nowadays because the industry does not make nor sell steel sleeves anymore, only cast iron. Steel was poor choice and Ford must have knew this otherwise why would they need to ID star symbol? I have my own theory that manufacturing cast iron sleeves were too costly to manufacture until engineering developed the centrifugal casting method. This was a means to spin cast the part all in one sold continuous casting with no seams. Anyway, here is some info to chew on...
FORD TRACTOR NAA (JUBILEE) SERIES; 1953 – 1954; S/N ID:
FORD TRACTOR HUNDRED SERIES; 1954 – 1962 S/N ID:
FORD TRACTOR NAA & HUNDRED SERIES DASH GAUGES:
Tim *PloughNman* Daley(MI)