Introducing our new, old tractor!
My husband has been watching tractor sales in the area
and came home with this beauty the other day.
It's a 1951 Ford 8N and has a beautiful look to it.
The N series started back in the 30s
and was designed to be a tractor the average guy could work on.
The 8N was the last of the N series.
It has a 4-speed transmission and multi position
hydraulics. The clutch is on the left with independent
brakes on the right. These are used for complete stopping or brake steering.
I love the classic look
but it will need some touch up painting since it is not a very good paint job.
Perhaps they intended to paint around the letters but never finished ?
This is where the oil filter goes.
The tractor seat and gear shift.
Our friend wanted to try our his new truck so he towed it home for us.
It started right up and was ready to take a spin.
Up to that point we've been so very dry,
there's always dust floating in the road
after a car goes by.
Tom started grading the road, getting all those holes smoothed out.
It came with the orange, slow moving vehicle sign.
This is the three point hitch.
There is also a power take off (PTO),
a shaft with splines on it which
will attach to a drive shaft on an implement
so you can use the tractor to power things
like bush hogs, balers, etc.
There can also be a belt drive that connects to the PTO
which will run things such as a saw mill.
I had my driving lesson yesterday.
It is much easier to shift than a car; however,
I was a little thrown by the brake-steering system,
thinking that I was doing something wrong
based on the feel and sound of it turning.
No, I was doing just fine, it was doing exactly
what it was supposed to.
These things can really turn on a dime!
Funny how a day of work always ends up
with friends gathering for a beer or two!