This 1947 Ford 2N tractor at the Historic Preservation of Antique Tractors and Equipment of Eastern Michigan’s (H.P.A.T.E.E.M) show is painted in the light grey and red that’s familiar from postwar Ford tractors, but the owner told me that Ford didn’t actually start the two-tone paint scheme until 1948. Either way, its looks great. Henry Ford was a farm boy who never forgot his roots. He started Henry Ford & Son Inc. in 1917 to produce Fordson tractors. Three years later that firm was merged into Ford Motor Company and Fordson tractors stayed in production in the U.S. until 1928. Much of the next decade was devoted to developing cars like the landmar ’32 Ford and the flathead V8 engine but in 1939, Ford Motor Company started building the N series of tractors, licensing hydraulic technology from the Ferguson company. The Ford N introduced the three-point hitch, which is still used by tractors today and a power take off unit in the back.
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