Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rare aluminum Ford 9n tractor parts were made, due to tooling delays with the steel parts

Early in 1939, as Ford and Ferguson rolled out the first 9N tractors, a tooling delay prevented Ford from having several of the stamped-steel components available for the assembly line. As a result, the first production run of about 700 9N tractors featured aluminum hoods, timing covers, steering columns, grilles and several other parts, which were then painted gray like the rest of the tractor before being sold. As these tractors continued their working life on the farm, many of the aluminum components became dented or mangled and by then, replacements were available from Ford parts suppliers. Replacement parts in steel, that is. 

1 comment:

  1. The aluminium is very interesting looking, although it is a good thing other ford parts made in a more durable material were available.