Twenty-one years after Henry Ford first revolutionized the farming tractor industry with the Fordson F, he did it again with the Ford 9N. Produced from 1939 to 1942, the Ford 9N was the first tractor to be designed with the three-point hitching system. This new system, developed by Harry Ferguson, allowed tractors to easily be attached to implements, making farming quite easier.
As for the power behind the 9N, the gasoline engines were produced by Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. The engines had four inline cylinders and were liquid cooled. Oil baths served as air cleaners. Eighty-four pounds of torque were produced at 1500 rpms.
The Ford 9N was a two-wheel drive tractor with manual steering and a three-speed sliding gear transmission. With 8×32 rear tires, the highest speed one could reach was 3.9mph in first gear, 5.1mph in second gear, 11.8mph in third gear, and 4.3mph in reverse. Maximum belt power was 23.56 horsepower, maximum drawbar power was 16.31 horsepower, and maximum drawbar pull was 2,236 pounds.
The 9N was a smaller tractor, only weighing about 2,140 pounds when dry. When full of the necessary liquids, the 9N weighed approximately 3,375 pounds. The 9N was 9.58 feet long, 5.33 feet wide, and 4.3 feet tall. It had a wheelbase of 5.83 feet, and ground clearance of 13 inches. Despite the size, the 9N made a huge impact on the farming community. It could do just as much work as tractors twice its size, and for a much smaller cost. When the 9N was released in 1939, it was only $585.
There were 99,002 Ford 9Ns built as a result of its great popularity. Their serial numbers can be found on the left side of the engine block, right behind the oil filter. Production years correspond with the following serial numbers:
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