Model 8N

This old tractor, sitting beside a hedgerow, caught my eye this morning. The Ford 8N was manufactured between 1947 and 1952, and more than half a million were sold during that period. The script logo is just one way to distinguish this model from both the 9N and 2N which were produced between 1939 and 1946. Importantly, all of these early machines were some of the first to employ a three-point hitch system which allowed farmers to quickly and easily attach implements to the rear of the tractor. The original 8N was painted gray and red. Late model Fords are blue, so the color here is clearly the result of restoration. I have written recently about old tractors and about old barns, and admitted my admiration for such things. There really is something special about walking through an old barn, or riding an antique tractor. Moreover, there is much reward in renovation and in making these old things like new (or nearly so). Breathing new life into a barn by shoring its sills, or an old tractor by sandblasting and painting are pleasures which cannot be described to those who have not experienced them. Next time you think about throwing something out and buying a new one, do yourself and the earth a favor and consider making like new, you’ll be glad you did.

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