On this page we have listed the various models of Ford tractors produced between 1939 and 1964. We will show unique features and list serial numbers and other identifying marks. We will attempt to list some, but certainly not all, of the noticeable changes made to each of the models throughout the years. By documenting these changes and features it will hopefully aid in correctly identifying the tractors and be a help to restorers who want their tractors to be "as original".
Model 9N 1939 - 1942The Ford model 9N tractor was introduced in mid-year 1939 as a joint venture after a handshake agreement between Henry Ford and Harry Ferguson. Commonly known as the Ford - Ferguson tractor, Harry Ferguson designed the 3 point hitch and hydraulic system while Ford's engineers designed and built the tractor and made it all work together. The 9 was for the year, 1939, and N was Ford's designation for tractor. The original price was $585.
|9N-2N hood emblems||Early 1939 9N with aluminum grille|
The best way to identify a tractor is by the serial number. Serial numbers on the 9N-2N and 8N tractors are located on the left side of the engine block, just below the head and behind the oil filter.
9N-2N Serial number locationThe numbers are usually not stamped very deep (or very straight). Try different angles and light sources to make the number visible. There will always be either a star or a diamond at the beginning and at the end of the serial number. You will only see the diamonds on 8N tractors with a serial number after 8N 433578. All earlier 9N-2N-8N models have the stars. All models made after the 8N will have the diamond markers. The format for the serial number on the 9N-2N-8N tractors is *8N12345*. All serial numbers will begin with either 9N or 8N followed by the number.
|1939 9N||1945 2N|
Model 2N 1942 - 1947
|9N-2N pre '44 "I"beam style radius rod||'44 2N-'52 8N oval tube radius rod|
Model 8N 1947 - 1952
|8N hood emblem||8N tractor|
8N Serial number locationThe serial numbers are usually not stamped very deep (or very straight). Try different angles and light sources to make the number visible. There will always be either a star or a diamond at the beginning and at the end of the serial number. You will only see the diamonds on 8N tractors with a serial number after 8N 433578. All earlier 8N models have the stars. All models made after the 8N will have the diamond markers. The format for the serial number on the 8N tractors is *8N12345*. All serial numbers will begin with 8N followed by the number. The exception to this is the 8NAN prefix which identifies a kerosene burning tractor. These are common in Europe, but extremely rare in the US. Note that the "font" used on the number stamps was a little unusual. The uppercase letter "I" was used as number "1", and a lower case letter "b" was used a the number "6". That same "b" was turned over to become the number "9".
|The 8N toolbox mounts under the hood||Embossed Ford script was added to the 8N hood|
|Early '47 8N clutch linkage||'48-'54 clutch linkage|
|The 8N 4 speed transmission||The 8N seat was hinged to flip up|
|'47 - mid '48 radius rod||Mid '48 -'52 radius rod|
|The early 8N grille||8N engine block marking|
|'47-'49 8N steering box||'49-'52 8N steering box|
The 3 hole top rocker and |
the 8N486A "long pin"
| The 3rd version of the 8N |
dash panel with Proofmeter
|'39-'50 front mount distributor||'50-'52 side mount distributor|
|Early 8N "plain" fender||Late 8N "script" fender|
|Early 8N generator right side||Late 8N generator left side|
|'47-mid'52 8N transmission housing||Late '52 8N transmission housing|
|'47-mid'52 8N upper lift arm||Late '52 8N upper lift arm|
In late '52 Ford introduced the all new, completely redesigned NAA series tractor for '53 which marked the end of 8N production and started a new chapter in Ford tractor history. 1953 was Ford's 50th anniversary, so the new tractor was called the Golden Jubilee in celebration of that event. The NAA - Jubilee had a more powerful 134 cubic inch overhead valve engine, live hydraulics, and redesigned front sheet metal with the "cyclops" medallion in the center of the hood. It is slightly taller, longer, and heavier than the 8N.
|The 1953 NAA Jubilee||Click the ad for Jubilee features|
The serial numbers on the first 22,238 NAA models were stamped on the left front
of the engine block just below the head as shown in the photo below.
Serial number location on later NAA models was on the left side of the transmission case
just below the flat above the starter bulge as shown in the photo below.
Serial numbers on all NAA models start and end with a diamond symbol. Because of the two locations for the serial number and the common practice of owners buying rebuilt engines on an exchange basis , it's possible to have an early NAA with a later engine that will have no serial number at all. It's also possible to have a later NAA with an early engine and the tractor will have 2 serial numbers. Another curiosity with NAA serial numbers that is unique to the NAA model is that preceeding zeroes were used on the the low numbers so all have 5 digits (6 on the last ones built). The lowest verified serial number we've heard of is NAA00034 - three zeroes and 34, the 34th production NAA.
|1953 NAA Jubilee hood emblem||1954 NAA hood emblem|
In late '54 Ford introduced the new expanded line up of the hundred series tractors for '55. First came the 600 and 800 models followed by the 700 and 900 models. The 600 series was basically the 134 cubic inch NAA with a few updates. The hydraulic lift was improved and the rear axles were redesigned as one piece to eliminate the separate axle and hub used on the 8N and NAA. The 800 series had a 172 cubic inch engine which provided a lot more power. It's hood was raised 2 inches to allow for a larger gas tank and the rear differential and housing was larger and stronger than the one on the 600 series. The 700 series was the row crop tricycle version of the 600 series and the 900 series was the row crop tricycle version of the 800. A wide front end option was available for the row crop tractors. Two transmission options were available, a standard 4 speed and a 5 speed that could be had with or without the two stage clutch live pto option. The model number identifies the tractor options within each series. For example, a model 640 tractor is a 600 series with a 4 speed transmission (non-live pto), hydraulics and a pto.
|Hundred series utility tractor||Hundred series row crop tractor|
In late '57 Ford introduced another expanded line up for '58 renamed the "01" series. These included the 501 (offset) 601, 701, 801, and 901 series tractors. Several improvements were made and new options such as power steering appeared. Horsepower increased across the line and the color schemes were changed. The 134 cubic inch gas or 144 cubic inch diesel engined 501,601, and 701 series became known as the Workmaster tractors and had an all red hood with gray only on the grille, fenders and wheels. They retained the earlier NAA-600 style grille. The 172 cubic inch gas or diesel engined 801 and 901 were known as the Powermaster tractors. Their paint scheme included a red hood center with gray sides and new "egg crate" style grille. All got a new medallion for the front of the hood and new styled rear fenders.
|The 601 Workmaster series tractor||The 801 Powermaster series tractor|
|The 541 offset tractor||Steering, seat and pedals on the right side|
|The 5 speed transmission shifter||The Select-O-Speed transmission shifter|
|1963-64 2000 series||1963-64 4000 series|
|A 4000 Industrial w/ Elenco 4wd||A newer blue Commander 6000|