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The 9N was revised a number of times, until being relaunched as the 2N in 1942. The 2N still came in dark grey, but now had added improvements, including a larger cooling fan and a pressurized radiator. However, the 2N, like the 9N, still had only a 3-speed transmission, a disadvantage compared to many tractors at the time, such as the Farmall A and M. By this time, wartime regulations had imposed manufacturing economies, and some 2Ns can be seen with all-steel wheels. Batteries were reserved for the war effort, so the all-steel wheel tractors came with a magneto ignition system instead of a battery and had to be started with a hand-crank.In 1953 The N-series tractor was replaced with the all-new model dubbed the Golden Jubilee, also known as the Ford NAA. The NAA designation was a reference to the first three digits of the serial style used starting with this tractor. Larger than the 8N, the Golden Jubilee featured live hydraulics and an all-new overhead valve engine. The new tractor was four inches longer, four inches higher and 100 pounds heavier at 2,840 pounds than the N series. The following 600 series and later numbered model tractors were derived from the NAA. The ‘N’ in the serial number sometimes causes confusion that the Golden Jubilee tractor was a continuation of the N series.

The 8N was equipped with running boards and was painted lighter gray on the sheetmetal and red on the body. It was the first Ford tractor to feature a clutch on the left side and independent brakes on the right. The wide-spaced front wheel design of the 9N and 2N was retained. In 1950 the 8N design changed to feature a side-mounted distributor, as well a Proofmeter (combined speedometer, tachometer, hour meter) located on the lower right portion of the dash.
The finished tractor weighed 2,340 pounds (1,060 kg), and initially sold for US$585. This was an advantage, as tractors from other manufacturers cost almost twice as much. Beginning in 2009, New Holland produced a retro-styled tractor designed to resemble the Ford 8N. The tractor was based on the Boomer 3050-series tractor. The tractor featured a hood styled after the 8N and a gray and red paint scheme similar to the 8N. The tractor was produced for three years through 2011. The tractor had no parts in common with the original Ford 8N. 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. This change was made partially to improve flexibility in varying soil conditions, and partially to evade Harry Ferguson’s patent on the hydraulic system. The original automatic draft control on the Ferguson system would allow the depth of the implement to vary based on soil conditions, which did not work well for some implements. The new Position Control setting bypassed the draft control and allowed the implement to remain at a consistent position relative to the position of the Touch Control lever. A continued drawback to this series of tractor, was the lack of a “live” PTO. Without a live PTO certain implements such as brush cutters which store inertial energy could send that back into the transmission. This would cause the tractor to surge forward if the clutch were disengaged. This was addressed with the advent of the PTO overrunning coupler.

Harry Ferguson had understood that the handshake agreement had included the manufacture of the 9N in Britain. World War II intervened and prevented this, although one explanation was that Ford UK was uninterested in the plan.
The original 9N engine was a four-cylinder engine and was designed to be powered by distillate fuels. The engine shares the same bore and stroke sizes as one bank of the Ford V8 automobile engines. A few standard Ford auto and truck parts, such as timing gears and valve tappets, were used in this engine.The ford 9N engine was a side-valve, four-cylinder engine, with a 3.19-inch (81 mm) bore, 3.75-inch (95 mm) stroke, providing a displacement of 120 cubic inches (2,000 cm). The transmission was the standard three-speed.

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. Ford’s 9N further improved the cantankerous Model F by updating the ignition with a distributor and coil. An innovative system of tire mounts for the rear wheels and versatile axle mounts for the fronts enabled farmers to accommodate any width row-crop work they needed. 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. Ford once said “Our competition is the horse.”; the 9N was intended for farmers who were not mechanically minded.
The first genuine Ford tractor was called the Fordson because a misleading Ford brand not related to Henry Ford was squatting on the Ford name at the time (Ford Tractor Company). The Fordson 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 to 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. During the 1930s, experiments were made at Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan and Richmond Plantation, Georgia facilities, creating prototypes of row-crop tricycle Fordsons, V8-powered tractors, one-wheel-drive tractors, and other ideas. But Henry Ford waited to reenter the market, planning to have the right new tractor at the right time to achieve a market-changing success.

How much HP does an 8N have?
The 8N tractor features a 18.35 horsepower engine.
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 United States and a friend of both Ford and Ferguson, arranged to have Ferguson demonstrate his tractor for Henry Ford. In October 1938 the Ferguson tractor was put through a demonstration before Ford and his engineers. It was light in weight relative to its power, which impressed Ford. Ferguson’s successful tractor demonstration led to a handshake agreement with Ford in 1938, whereby Ford would manufacture tractors using the Ferguson three-point hitch system.The first tractor of the series was the 9N, the first tractor to have both three-point hitch and a rear power take-off (PTO). The 9N was first demonstrated in Dearborn, Michigan on June 29, 1939. Its model name reflected a model-naming system using the last digit of the year of introduction and a letter for product type, with “N” for tractors (hence 9N). Like the Farmall, it was designed to be a general-purpose row-crop tractor for use on smaller farms. An extremely simple tractor, the 9N was fitted with the Ferguson system three-point hitch, a three-speed transmission, and featured footpegs instead of running boards. The 9N’s relatively tall and wide-spaced front wheel design resulted in somewhat sluggish steering and reduced maneuverability compared to competing machines such as John Deere’s Models A and B, and the Farmall “Letter series”. The 9N had variable front track, a valuable feature for row-crop cultivation, via front half-axles that could be slid in and out and pinned in place. It also had variable rear track via the reversible offset of the rear wheel design (flipping the rear wheels around 180°, moving the formerly inboard side to the outboard side, widened the rear track). Uniquely, the exhaust was routed underneath the tractor, much like an automobile. All 9N tractors were painted dark grey. This tractor has a rear PTO, which could be used to drive three-point or towed implements. The Ferguson hitch was designed to solve some of the problems found in the earlier Fordson tractors, such as flipping over if the plow hit an obstruction. The upper link also would adjust the hydraulic lift to use the drag of the plow to improve traction. This was known as draft control. During the Second World War, the US Navy used the 9N on board their aircraft carriers for towing aircraft and was nicknamed the “Moto Tug”. The United States Air Force and RAF also used it for towing aircraft.

Introducing a new model name also allowed Ford to raise the price of the tractor. Wartime price controls prevented the raising of prices on existing models, but they could not determine the price of a “new” model. Despite the model name change, the serial numbers continued to be prefixed with “9N”.
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. By some measures the 8N became the most popular farm tractor of all time in North America. Over 530,000 units of 8N were sold worldwide; the Fordson Model F had sold over 650,000 units worldwide, but in North American sales the 8N surpassed it in popular acclaim and units sold.

How many 8 N Ford tractors were made?
Another feature of this series was a 20-horsepower engine, approximately the same as that on Ford vehicles of the time. During the 15-year tenure of the N-Series, close to 1,000,000 of these tractors were produced and sold.
In 1945 due to Henry Ford’s failing health, Henry Ford II, his grandson, took over the Ford Motor Company. Since the original agreement between Ford and Ferguson was sealed with a handshake (versus a written contract) and included the notion that either party could terminate it at any time without reason, Henry Ford II didn’t feel the need to continue to honor it. Ferguson was furious and sued Ford Motor Company. A few years later his Ferguson interests were merged with Massey Harris, a Canadian company, to become Massey Ferguson.An immediate success, the 9N’s configuration became an industry standard, which was followed by other tractor manufacturers for fifteen years. Henry Ford passed leadership of his company to grandson Henry Ford II in 1945. By 1946, the younger Ford discovered that, despite its success, the Model N lost Ford Motor Company over $25 million in six years. He reacted by forming Dearborn Motors in November 1946, which took over tractor distribution from Ferguson. Ford informed Ferguson that after July 1947 they would no longer supply tractors to his company. Ferguson sued Henry Ford II, Dearborn Motors and Ford Motor Company and others for $251 million in damages on the basis of patent infringements and conspiracy to monopolize the farm tractor business. Ford Motor Company claimed the patents had already expired by the time of Dearborn Motors’ incorporation. Approximately 750,000 9Ns were built, and it was estimated in 2001 that nearly half of these were still in regular use.

Is Ford 8N or 9n better?
The engines on the 8n tractors are generally a bit more powerful than those on 9n tractors. Aside from the engine, there are also several changes in the design of the 8n tractors. For starts, the 8n tractors have a four speed transmission while the order 9n tractors had a three speed transmission.
Donohue originally wanted to take the world tractor title on Jenkins’ home turf – the Booneville Salt Flats – but severe weather canceled racing at the western Utah speedway for two years in a row. Both Wilmington and Bonneville speedways are officially timed and sanctioned by the land speed record authority.Donohue shattered Jenkins’ record on a concrete landing strip in Wilmington, Ohio, known as the “Ohio Mile.” Spectators amused at the sight of a farm tractor showing up for the Land Speed Record competition, and became wildly supportive when they learned that Donohue was there to take the word tractor speed record.

How much HP does a 8N have?
Ford 8NFord 8N PowerDrawbar (claimed)23.16 hp 17.3 kWDrawbar (tested)21.95 hp 16.4 kWPTO (tested)23.24 hp 17.3 kWBelt (tested)25.77 hp 19.2 kW
Donohue’s 8NCREDIBLE is the world’s only farm tractor officially certified to compete in the Land Speed Record Competition, a competition that began in 1898. Jenkins and Donohue are the only people to compete on farm tractors.With an official speed of 96.3185 miles per hour, the title of Fastest Farm Tractor in the World belongs to the 1952 Ford 8N Flathead V8 powered tractor known as the 8NCREDIBLE.

Jenkins was known as the king of land speed racing, spending his entire life racing everything with wheels. He still holds several land speed records, including a 24-hour endurance run in 1940, where he covered 2,868 miles at an average speed of 161 mph. Of all the record and achievements during his lifetime, Jenkins is best remembered for his 1935 tractor run. The same Allis Chalmers tractor would play a part in Jenkins untimely demise.
The previous world speed record was set by David Abbot “Ab” Jenkins, former Salt Lake City mayor and renowned Bonneville Salt Flats land speed racer. His 1932 Allis Chalmers Model U farm tractor clocked 67.667 mph, a speed record that went unchallenged for 81 years.The tractor was built and driven by former NASCAR driver and Fletcher resident Jack Donohue. The Ford Flathead V8 engine was a dealer add-on option in ’51 and ’52 8N tractors.

Jenkins only attempted the land speed record once, claiming that driving his Allis Chalmers was, “like riding a frightened bison.” Donohue plans to take his 8NCREDIBLE back to Ohio in April 2016 for the annual Hot Rod magazine land speed record event, where he feels his tractor should top 100 mph.In August 1956, 21 years after his land speed record, after making an appearance at the Road America Speedway in Wisconsin, Jenkins was traveling back to his hotel with a group of press members. He pointed up to a billboard featuring his record-setting tractor and commented that of all the speed runs, that tractor run was the scariest. He then suddenly clutched his chest and died of a heart attack.

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They are generally easy to repair, and their replacement parts are not difficult to find, making them an excellent option for those just starting out in farming or who do not require large tractors to get the job done on their land.

Because of his background, Ford practically made it a mission to create the best tractor that the world had ever seen to help keep farm production at its peak. Henry Ford accomplished just that with the Ford N-Series tractors.
Unlike cars and trucks, tractors have an extremely long lifespan if appropriately maintained. Even if they are abused or mistreated, some models that are seven to eight decades old can be salvaged and perform as needed on the farm.Something that set Henry Ford apart from many tractor manufacturers is that he grew up on a farm, and he fully grasped the importance that tractors had for the overall performance of the farm.Because current tractors are simply more expensive, modified versions of these Ford N-Series tractors will undoubtedly keep farms across America running at peak performance for years to come.

Out of all tractors in farming history, the Ford N8 model has been the most popular tractor in the world for over seventy years running. Its uncanny ability to “take a licking and keep on ticking,” coupled with its incredible versatility, especially for its time, make it an unquestionable piece of sought-after machinery for farmers across the country.Though initially met with resistance from “the powers that be” at the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford pushed forward with his plans to create one of the most essential, versatile pieces of farming equipment the industry had ever known. He was successful in that venture with the Ford N-Series of tractors, and especially the N8.

These are also great machines for those who are in the market to collect and display pieces of Americana or farming equipment. They can be restored almost to their original grandeur, making for incredible collectibles.

Minor differences also added to noticeable changes, including removing the Ferguson System logo that was formally found under the Ford oval even though the tractor still supported the Ferguson three-point hitch system, used for easy removal and easy addition of the accessories that made the tractor more user-friendly.Rather than a 3-speed transmission, the N8 came with a 4-speed. This increased the tractor’s take-off speed and the amount of horsepower it could supply.

What engine is in a Ford 8N tractor?
Ford 8N. Hemmings wrote a nice piece about this one. Most recently, Brian Rogers’ utterly INSANE 800-horsepower twin-turbo 7.3L Power Stroke V8 Ford 8N.
It also came with adjustable hydraulics that were useful for working different soil types. To help secure the tires, the rear wheels now came with eight lugnuts rather than the standard and customary six. Once Ford won the battle and began producing the N-Series tractors, the manufacturing of this piece of farming equipment was revolutionized, as was the entire machine itself. These marvels of machinery completely changed the face of farming. This series offered many features that hadn’t been previously available, including a hydraulic system and the ability to add multiple accessories in order to make farming easier.Hitting the farm in 1947, the Ford N8 tractor offered significantly more power than its predecessors, though it used basically the same engine and lift system as the other N-Series models.

Regardless of his past track record, it was an uphill battle for Ford to convince his board and investors to see the importance of mass tractor production with the assembly line.

The removal of this logo did end up causing an issue with the Ferguson company, and within a year or so of this change, Ferguson ended up suing Ford, thus causing Ford to make more changes to their tractors, ending the run of the N8 Series.
Additionally, this new model came with a completely different paint job. Rather than solid red, the N8 came in a two-tone, red and white, paint scheme.

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Experience Ryan grew up on a fruit growing operation in West Michigan. Since moving to Iowa in 2002, he’s developed his marketing and communication skills in technology, commercial printing, and motorsports photography and social media. Since 2019, Ryan has built and managed Tractor Zoom’s social media channels, and really found his niche with storytelling. If you ask him, he’ll tell you that he gets paid to play with tractors on the internet all day. At the end of the day, Ryan believes that every tractor has a story to tell. Whether it’s entertaining, inspiring, or educational (or a combo of all three), there’s always a story to tell. Accomplishments Contributing author – John Deere Evolution Education BS in Elementary Ed. (Math & History) from Central Michigan University in 2002
Nicer examples that have been cleaned up with straight tin work, $2,000 to $2,500 give or take. Funk conversions (and more common conversions with modern small block V-8s) are all over the board. For instance, we’ve got sales data in our Iron Comps database for Funk inline sixes selling for $4,000 and up, and a few V8s starting at $6,000 and up.

How much HP does a Ford 8N make?
Ford 8NFord 8N PowerDrawbar (claimed)23.16 hp 17.3 kWDrawbar (tested)21.95 hp 16.4 kWPTO (tested)23.24 hp 17.3 kWBelt (tested)25.77 hp 19.2 kW
Since then, the little Ford 8N has become something of a blank canvas for re-powers. I sat down yesterday and jotted down a list of every Ford 8N conversion I knew of, and I think I came up with about 15. I’m sure there are more out there (I’m certain somebody’s stuffed a Detroit under the hood of an 8N before.), but these are the ones I know of.This is one of 100 to 200 Funk-converted Ford 8N tractors with the 100 HP flathead V8. The folks at Henslin Auctions sold this one for $11,250 in July 2021 at a collector auction.This tractor comes from a massive collection of old Ford tractors out of an estate in Northeast Iowa up by Decorah. When I talked to Joel Everitt the other day, he told me this was one of nearly 100 Ford 8Ns in this gentleman’s collection. Surely there were some parts, tractors, and probably a few carcasses in that number, but still, that’s a ton of Fords!

The one downfall of the Ford 8N is that it wasn’t exactly a powerhouse. It was only rated at 30 HP, which wasn’t a lot for 1950. There were plenty of farmers asking for more, too. Fortunately for them, there were the Funk brothers.When Commander Cody re-recorded it in 1974, he changed a few things in the song — the V8 being one of them — to make it work better. (And it certainly did.)

What HP is an 8N?
The 8N tractor features a 18.35 horsepower engine.
John, one of our Tractor Zoom Auction Success Team guys, texted me a photo of this little monster on Sunday. He asked, “What in the Commander Cody and his hot rod Lincoln is going on here?”Without a doubt, though, this will sell for less money than it would cost to build one today. It runs and drives, and all the body modifications have already been done. That’s worth a lot.

It didn’t take long before word started getting around that a Ford 8N with a Funk conversion was a whole different animal in the field. Where the original tractor’s four-cylinder was adequate to pull a two-bottom plow, a Funk Ford 8N had enough oomph to pull a three-bottom plow with power to spare!
Despite selling these conversions for just a few years, the Funk brothers were on to something. They may not have been the first or the most successful — Kinze probably owns that title — but they were among the first to really make a viable business out of it. They proved the process could be repeatable and there were gains to be made from wrenching on stuff like this.When you visit the site, Dotdash Meredith and its partners may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Cookies collect information about your preferences and your devices and are used to make the site work as you expect it to, to understand how you interact with the site, and to show advertisements that are targeted to your interests. You can find out more about our use, change your default settings, and withdraw your consent at any time with effect for the future by visiting Cookies Settings, which can also be found in the footer of the site.

When the airplane building market went south after WWII, the Funk Aircraft Co. went into the business of re-powering 8Ns. This one, an inline six, sold last fall at a ProTEAM Auction consignment sale for $4,000.
At any rate, as I understand it, the tractor was built in 2017. Overall, I think it’s pretty well done. The bodywork is nice and straight (The chassis and the hood have been stretched about a foot or maybe a few inches longer.), and the tires are also in good shape. If you wanted to get nit-picky, you could probably find a run in the paint somewhere. It probably has a scratch here and there as well — these things happen. Still, on the whole, it’s a neat hot rod!Joe Funk and his twin brother Howard grew up in Ohio and were completely fascinated with all things mechanical, including airplanes. In 1934, at just 24-years-old, they built their first airplane, and a business took off. (See what I did there?) For the next few years, the Funk Aircraft Co. built airplanes in Ohio, but after some issues with a nervous lender in 1940, they relocated the business to Coffeyville, Kansas. Unfortunately for them, the timing of the move wasn’t good, and between the war and increased civilian competition when it ended in 1945, the airplane business kind of fizzled out.The Ford 8N wasn’t exactly a powerhouse, leaving plenty of farmers asking for more out of the tractor. Fortunately for them, they had the Funk brothers.

As I understand it, the V-12 was a staple in Lincoln’s lineup for about a dozen or so years. They were good engines for the most part, however, they got a bad rap because of a few issues early on in production. Early examples of the engine suffered from oiling problems at low RPM (In other words, they suffered from sludge buildup.). Furthermore, the engine’s cooling system had some issues as well, which resulted in a few warped aluminum heads. Fortunately, Lincoln caught the issues fairly early and evidently was able to address them pretty quickly.
Most recently, Brian Rogers’ utterly INSANE 800-horsepower twin-turbo 7.3L Power Stroke V8 Ford 8N. (Oh, and it has two nitrous kits on it, too. Y’know, just in case a twin turbo set up isn’t enough.) Near the end of 1948, they pivoted. Farmers with Ford 8Ns were looking for more power to increase their capabilities on the farm, and the Funk brothers knew Ford engines. They started messing around with swapping engines to give them the power that they wanted. They developed two kits — one with a Ford industrial inline six making about 95 HP, and one with a flathead Ford V8 that made 100 HP or more — and started selling them. The Flathead V-12 engine came from a Lincoln Zephyr, a streamlined mid-size luxury car introduced in 1936 to compete with Packards and LaSalles. It was, and still is, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous car in person. There’s even one on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York! It was only in production for a few years, eventually being replaced by the Lincoln Continental, a name that nearly everybody recognizes today.

How much HP does a Ford 9N have?
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. Ford once said “Our competition is the horse.”; the 9N was intended for farmers who were not mechanically minded.
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How much HP does a Ford 8N have?
Ford 8NFord 8N PowerDrawbar (claimed)23.16 hp 17.3 kWDrawbar (tested)21.95 hp 16.4 kWPTO (tested)23.24 hp 17.3 kWBelt (tested)25.77 hp 19.2 kW
Title: Social Media Strategist & Interesting Iron, Tractor Zoom Resides In: West Des Moines, IA Hometown: Fremont, MI Education: Central Michigan University Expertise: Social Media, motorsports, and ag-related storytelling SummaryBy some accounts, the Ford 8N was the most popular farm tractor in North America. Fragodt Auction Co. sold this one for $1,850 at a collector auction on June 29, 2020.

Joel told me that he’d taken the tractor for a spin not too long ago (for research purposes) and that it was a hoot to drive! Honestly, it made me want to take a drive up there to see if he’d toss me the keys! Come to think of it, there’s a tractor pull in Hillsboro, Wisconsin this weekend, too. Surely there’s a way that I could take the long way up there and stop to see it.
Sadly, I don’t think we’ll ever know the total history on this tractor, as the owner has passed away, and I don’t know that there’s a lot of documentation on it. I asked Joel, and he said he hadn’t seen anything. (That said, if you’re reading this and you know the story on it, please reach out! I’d love to be able to work with you to update the article and get the rest of the story out there.)To put it bluntly, I have no idea. Furthermore, I don’t think anybody knows what to expect for this tractor. Generally speaking, for a garden-variety, plain-Jane Ford 8N, you’ll probably pay between $1,000 to $1,500.Funk only sold these conversion kits for about five years, though, and records are spotty thanks to a fire that burned the building to the ground. However, those who have researched it far more than I figure there were about 4,500 Ford 8Ns converted with the inline six, 100 to 200 of the flathead V8s, and a few oddball test conversions for other models.

However, nobody’s got a Blue Book value on these exotic conversions, mainly because there aren’t many of them out there. I know for fact that this is the first V-12 powered 8N that will go into our database, and we’ve got more auction price data than anybody on the planet.At over a half million of them built and sold between 1947, and the end of the run in 1952, the Ford 8N is probably the best-selling tractor in North America (especially if you count second-hand sales). If you’re reading this, I will guarantee you can think of at least two people who have owned an 8N. I’m fairly certain we had one on our orchard at one point, and my father-in-law had one for a while, too.