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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Forum

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10-09-2018 14:33:33

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I am still a newbie and trying to learn more about these old tractors. I look at 9N, 2N and 8N Fords everywhere on the internet. And I know some people owning or selling them really don’t know what they have. One thing I am seeing are lots of 9Ns and 2Ns painted red on the bottom and light gray on top - like a 8N. Was that a common practice? To make them look more “modern”? Of course you see them painted all different colors: red all over, blue, yellow, ...

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tj in ky

10-11-2018 07:28:30

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 Re: Paint colors in reply to 1954Frank, 10-09-2018 14:33:33  
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These are the colors I used
8N colors PPG

Vermillion red. 70075

Light Olive. Gray 902870

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10-12-2018 04:11:42

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 Re: Paint colors in reply to tj in ky, 10-11-2018 07:28:30  

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Tim PloughNman Daley

10-11-2018 04:07:06

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 Re: Paint colors in reply to 1954Frank, 10-09-2018 14:33:33  
As the late sparkie-meister Dell use to say, "...you can paint it enny colour you like, as long as it ain't green n' yeller...". ; > ) When the 8N model was released in July, 1947, dealers were instructed by corporate suits to paint remaining 2N inventory the new Vermillion (red) and Medium Grey shades in an attempt to 'fool' potential new buyers into thinking they were getting the new 8N model. many farmers also painted their tractors as well. My uncles painted their early 1939 9N the new Ford Blue and Off White when the Thousand Series models came out in the early 1960's. Like they did with the 2N/8N, dealers also offered to paint anyone's Hundred Series model the new Blue and White as well. Here's an vintage dealer AD:

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As a newbie, many of us suggest you invest in the essential manuals and read religiously if ya wanna be a successful N-Owner...


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Tim *PloughNman* Daley(MI)

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10-09-2018 17:34:29

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 Re: Paint colors in reply to 1954Frank, 10-09-2018 14:33:33  
It certainly is John!
That's the one I bought from you with the Sherman combo in it.
It now has a newly rebuilt engine and fresh paint.
Some different rear rims, new front tires, gauges, wiring, switches etc.

Otherwise it's the same tractor. Even the hood.
More pictures of it here on YT.

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10-09-2018 16:25:10

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 Re: Paint colors in reply to 1954Frank, 10-09-2018 14:33:33  
It is very common, or was, for tractor flippers to paint them

the colors that they knew would sell better. Many people do
not like the all battleship gray paint scheme of the early N's.

But then, the light gray isn't the correct color either.

Medium gray would be the correct color for an 8N.
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John in Mich

10-09-2018 17:20:40

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 Re: Paint colors in reply to Royse, 10-09-2018 16:25:10  
Hey Royse, is that a tractor that I may be familiar with? Looks great!

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10-09-2018 15:26:22

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 Re: Paint colors in reply to 1954Frank, 10-09-2018 14:33:33  
it's pretty common. a lot of remaining 2Ns at dealers got repainted when the 8 came out, and i don't doubt a lot of owners did it thru the years as well.

i've got a red belly 2N here.

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10-11-2018 03:59:09

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 Re: Paint colors in reply to HFJ, 10-09-2018 15:26:22  
What are the correct color codes or names for the 9N, 2N and 8N paint?

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