Ford Tractor Promotion ~ 1964 Ford Motor Company
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The Ford N-Series tractors were a series of farm tractors produced by Ford Motor Company between 1939 and 1952, spanning the 9N, 2N, and 8N models.
The 9N was the first American-made production-model tractor to incorporate Harry Ferguson’s three-point hitch system, a design still used on most modern tractors today. It was released in October 1939. The 2N, introduced in 1942, was the 9N with some improved details. The 8N, which debuted in July 1947, was a largely new machine featuring more power and an improved transmission. It proved to be the most popular farm tractor of all time in North America…
The first genuine Ford tractor, called the Fordson tractor (because a misleading Ford brand not related to Henry Ford was squatting on the Ford name at the time), was a tremendous success in North America and Europe from 1917 to 1928. Ford of the U.S. left the tractor business in 1928. Ford Ltd of Britain continued thrive with the Fordson from 1928 onward. Some British Fordsons were imported to the U.S. during the following decade. Henry Ford continued tractor R&D in the U.S. after 1928…
In Ireland, businessman Harry Ferguson had been developing and selling various improved hitches, implements, and tractors since the 1910s. His first tractors were adapted from Model T cars. In 1920 and 1921 he gave demonstrations at Cork and Dearborn of his hitches and implements as aftermarket attachments to Fordson tractors. The hitches were mechanical at the time. By 1926, he and a team of longtime colleagues (including Willie Sands and Archie Greer) had developed a good hydraulic three-point hitch. Ferguson put such hitches on Fordsons throughout the 1920s and early 1930s. In the mid-1930s, he had David Brown Ltd build Ferguson-brand tractors with his hitches and implements. In 1938, Eber Sherman, importer of Fordsons from England to the US and a friend of both Ford and Ferguson, arranged to have Ferguson demonstrate his tractor for Henry Ford…
Ford Motor Company invested $12 million in tooling to finance Ferguson’s new distribution company. The investment resulted in the production of the 9N tractor which was introduced on June 29, 1939. It was officially called a “Ford tractor with the Ferguson system”, although the name Ford-Ferguson was widely used. It sold for $585 including rubber tires, power take-off, Ferguson hydraulics, an electric starter, generator, and battery; lights were optional… The 9N weighed 2340 pounds and had 13 drawbar horsepower, which could pull a two-bottom plow. It was designed to be safe, quiet and easy to operate…
Approximately 750,000 9Ns were built, and it was estimated in 2001 that nearly half of these were still in regular use…
Official production of the 8N tractor began in July 1947. Equipped with a 4-speed transmission, this model was destined to become the top-selling individual tractor of all time in North America. The most noticeable differences between the 8N and its predecessors was the inclusion of a 4-speed transmission instead of a 3-speed in the 9N and 2N, and an increase in both PTO and drawbar horsepower. The other big change on the 8N was the addition of a ‘Position-control’ setting for the hydraulics…
The Ford 3000 is a tractor that was introduced by Ford in the spring of 1965. It was part of Ford’s Thousand Series of tractors. This was a “ground up” new platform designed to replace the “Prior” or “Hundred Series” Fords built from 1955 through 1964. It has a 3-cylinder OHV, water-cooled engine. It could be ordered with a Ford-built 158-cubic-inch gas or 175-cubic-inch diesel engine. It was rated at 37 horsepower at the PTO. Optional transmissions were a 4-speed, 6-speed (3-speed with high and low), 8-speed (4-seed with high and low) and a 10-speed ‘Select O Speed’ power shift transmission. Some of the available options were differential lock, power steering, Live PTO and hydraulic remote valves. Standard front tires were 5.5X16 and two options were available for the rear tires – either 13.6X28 or 14.9X24.
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