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1949 8N Ford Tractor

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cmckinney

11-28-2019 14:54:27




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I just inherited my grandfather's 1949 8N ford. Growing up this tractor was blue and off white color. My father painted it red and grey. You can see the blue showing through under the red where the paint is peeling off. How do I find out the original color of this tractor? The vin is 8n177201. Thank you for your help. I am new to this site and hope to learn a lot about my new project.




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cmckinney

01-03-2020 18:16:33




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
I wondered about that but they looked different from the ones I see for the 8N. Thanks so much Royse!



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Royse

01-03-2020 18:01:47




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Left one looks like the bracket for the stabilizer bars.

Right one a combination bracket for the stabilizer bar and a
sickle bar mower. I'm not sure if Dearborn or Ferguson.



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cmckinney

01-03-2020 17:46:05




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Can anyone tell me what these parts were for? They were mounted under the rear axle with the fender bolts. They are different sizes and shapes. I forgot to take a pic before I took the off.
I managed to figure out the bracket on my new old fender was a grease gun holder.
Thanks for your help!



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cmckinney

12-28-2019 16:49:15




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Thanks for the info Royse!!
I have seen and priced the aftermarket fenders to mount on my brackets but just happened to find these last night with the brackets still attached to them also. Mine had the fenders without the script and from what I had researched that was how it came.

I decided $110 wasn't too bad a deal for 2 fenders with brackets and 2 wheel weights. ( I was only going for the fenders for $60 we had found LOL ) The guy showed us the weights and I knew I could always resell the weights if they weren't what I want or need. Anytime I don't get something and go back for it, it is always gone and I wish I had gotten it.

The weights threw me off by the holes because my wheels aren't predrilled for weights I noticed when I got home.

I was really surprised how well the fenders cleaned up. I was hoping after I got the rust wire brushed off them they would be decent. My husband and I straightened out a few dings and we will work on the few small rust holes they have. I'm just excited that I found some original fenders to save.
My Dad had the original carburetor in a box of extra parts he gave me. My husband got me a rebuild kit for Christmas and I rebuilt the carburetor that night and put it back on the tractor the next day after work. It runs great!!

I'm trying to fix and use all my original parts I can. I love preserving our past and history. I will say that it has been fun rebuild project with my husband.

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Royse

12-28-2019 15:58:46




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
To me, the wheel weights look generic. They would probably fit
on an 8N if you drilled holes in your wheel centers for the bolts.

Used fenders are hard to find in good shape. Think about how
many years they've been around! They are available aftermarket,

as are just the fender skins to put on your support brackets.

Both more than $60.

The Ford script was on the later 8N and Jubilee fenders.

They stopped using it again later, but I don't recall exactly when.

It might have been with the 4 cylinder x000 series.

The fenders will interchanged just fine though.

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cmckinney

12-28-2019 15:26:32




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
The fenders cleaned up nicely. Have to do a little body work but are way better than what was on it. Couldn't believe I found them 15 minutes from home and all he wanted was $60 for both together. I am very happy with them and tickled they have FORD stamped in them.



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cmckinney

12-28-2019 15:22:52




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cmckinney

12-28-2019 15:20:53




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cmckinney

12-28-2019 15:12:37




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Found some good used Ford 8N fenders and he also had some wheel weights. Gentleman told me these were wheel weights for an 8N. I don't need them but they were cheap enough so I bought them. I got them home and they don't look like they would go on an 8N.
Does anyone know what they might go to? Hope I can get the photos to upload.



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cmckinney

12-08-2019 10:26:13




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
I have made a parts list and the prices here aren't too bad. My first purchase for it was a manual. I didn't get it here but I figure this is the first step to rebuilding it right!!



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1 Acre Warrior

12-08-2019 09:49:52




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
You may pay a little more for parts here than from Fleabay or Scamazon, but from everything I read here, the support you get is more than worth it.



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cmckinney

11-29-2019 16:13:01




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
That was how I found this forum! I plan on ordering a lot of them from here.
I guess that's why I'm more excited about getting it rebuilt. I thought I would have a very hard time finding parts.



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showcrop

11-29-2019 15:55:02




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

CM, Most of us here at YT get a lot of our parts right here at YT.



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cmckinney

11-29-2019 14:33:58




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Paint will be the last project for sure. Has your normal wear and tear to fix and replace. New rims, tires and such to keep it running. I know I will eventually have more than it is worth in it but it will be worth it to me. I hope to hand it down to my daughter and that she will enjoy it also.
I have made a list and Googling on the computer for places to get parts. My husband knows I'm in it for the long haul. With his help of course. :wink:
My little 8N fits in perfect between my other 2 John Deere.
:)

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Kid Shileen

11-29-2019 10:12:29




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Get her running first. That way you have a useful tractor. The paint is part of your family history and wonít make it run any better. If you have to take off major parts to get it running paint as you go along. A full restoration will cost more than the tractor is worth. The value is in what it means to you and to you and your family.



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popsh

11-29-2019 09:34:40




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Leroy - 1962 Ford 2000's came blue and grey.



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8NHENRY

11-29-2019 07:26:33




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Cmckinney, I am sure you know this but you will enjoy the 8n, they are useful and fun to tool around on. I liked having one 8n so much I thought I needed another.



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Leroy

11-29-2019 07:20:06




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Not sure if the 62 to 64 2000 and 4000 had any blue on them or if it came in 65 on anything except the tractors labled Fordson like the English built Fordson from the 30's thru the end of the Fordson Major and Dexta production. I think Ford started with blue on implements in 62 with anyting implements 48 through 61 being red. Anything Blue before 62 was built overseas. and your tractor was built in Michigan.

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cmckinney

11-29-2019 04:57:17




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Runs pretty good. My Dad converted it to a 12 volt.
Going to change all the fluids and recheck everything. It has mostly sat under the shed the past 3 yrs.
Tires are dry rotted so will be looking for new ones.
I hope to use it on the farm dragging the arena and the hay rake maybe next year!



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8NHENRY

11-29-2019 04:21:06




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Nice looking tractor and it is really cool it's been in the family so long. Does it run?



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cmckinney

11-29-2019 04:01:05




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Colin King

11-29-2019 14:09:26




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-29-2019 04:01:05  
That's a great looking tractor! I also have a '49. Made the same year my folks were born.

Have fun with your project!

Colin



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cmckinney

11-29-2019 03:47:10




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
I'm hoping I figured out how to reply to posts correctly? Thank you everyone for the comments!

Beautiful tractor Royse!! I hope mine will look as nice. I think I will go with the red and gray. I can see under the blue paint and there is no other color showing so I figure it was probably sand blasted to be painted blue by someone professional or by a dealership.
I asked my father where my grandfather bought the tractor and he didn't know where he purchased it. I just know it has been in the family prior to 1971 when I was born.

I'm wanting to restore it back original color. I know it will take me a while to get it fixed and finished but it will definitely be a fun project. :D :D

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Tomatoboy

11-28-2019 18:40:39




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
My 49 8N has AT LEAST three different paint jobs if I scratch it. I suspect there may even be four in total.

If yours is anything like mine, and our S/Ns arenít that far off, it came in Vermilion Red and Ford Medium Gray from the factory, as Royse noted. Then, a while later, somebody painted it blue to match the newer Fords. This could have happened at a dealer on trade-in or your grandfather could have done it to match his newer tractors. And then, somebody else decided the blue wasnít right and painted it Vermilion Red and Ford Medium Gray again. Iíd stick with the red and gray.

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showcrop

11-28-2019 18:32:06




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Exactly as Royse said.



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Royse

11-28-2019 15:07:55




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 Re: 1949 8N Ford Tractor in reply to cmckinney, 11-28-2019 14:54:27  
Welcome to the forum and happy thanksgiving!

Congrats on the new tractor!

The 8Ns were originally Vermilion Red and Ford Medium Gray.

I have heard that they were painted blue later to match Ford's
newer product line, but as far as I know, that was not original.

With that said, it's your tractor. Paint it however you like! :)

Mine is vermilion red and medium gray.

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