9-21-02 The main part of the tractor and some of the bolt on parts are painted red.
10-21-02 The remaining red parts, black parts, and the small gray parts are all painted and ready to install. All that remains to be finish painted is the sheetmetal and wheels, then the new tires can be mounted and the final assembly of the tractor can begin. Fall is here and it's cold, so we're hoping for just a couple of warmer, sunny days to allow the last of the painting before the snow falls.
11-2-02 The final assembly of the bolt on parts has begun. Starter, generator, manifold, carburetor, exhaust, dash and wiring, linkages, and lots more have been installed. We're nearly ready to start the engine up for the first time.
11-2-02 The weather is still too cold here and not getting better. Thanks to a local business who donated the use of their paint booth for a couple of days, the sheet metal and other gray parts are finally painted.
11-4-02 All the working parts are assembled and we've got about 40 minutes running time on the engine. It sounds great, and runs very smooth and quiet.
11-4-02 The engine timing has been set, carburetor adjusted, and the head and manifold bolts retorqued after cool down.
11-4-02 We're ready to install the rear wheels and the hood assembly. Only a few hours more work and we can take it for it's first trip up the road.
11-14-02 Finished! A friend with a steady hand volunteered to paint the Ford script on the hood and fenders which was the last detail on this project. As weather conditions permit, we will try to get some good quality "completed" photos of the tractor taken outside.
11-24-02 We managed to get outside and snap a couple of pictures before
the weather turned colder and it started snowing.
11-24-02 The tractor runs and drives really nice. The hourmeter now shows "1.0".
We've had many people ask how much it cost to do this restoration. Since so many of the parts, materials, and services were donated or discounted, we can only estimate that the cost for the tractor itself and all parts and materials purchased at retail price would be about $7500. There was approximately 800-850 man-hours of labor invested.
- Final auction update -
On April 12th, 2003 at 7:15 pm the tractor was sold at the annual St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital dinner and charity auction at the Brimfield Grade School gym in
Brimfield, Illinois. We wish to thank everyone for their wonderful support and the bidders
from around the country who called to place their bids during the auction. The results
were overwhelming to say the least. The final bid - $17,200 for St Jude.
The winning bidder and new 8N owner Steve Schmidgall of Peoria, IL (left).
The following have made contributions to help offset the cost of this project.
Their generosity is greatly appreciated.
Marvin Baumann (MI) |
Mark Favero (IL)
Bump Steidinger (IL)
Ford/Fordson Collectors Association
Ed Gooding (VA)
John Sanderson (MI)
Wall's Industrial Services (IL)
Automotive Finishes (IL)
Born Paint Co. (IL)
George & Paula Cooley (IL)
Lyle Lamprecht (IL)
Phil Smith (IA)
Bearing Distributors Inc (IL)
Steve Parker (IL)|
Don Barkley Just8Ns (NC)
Charlie Hardesty (IN)
Danny Norman (GA)
Kevin Cassidy (AK)
Roger Elwood (CT)
Al Claeys (MI)
Dean Lake (IL)
Larry Satterfield (IL)
Automotive Spring Co. (IL)
Timber Tractor Sales (IL)
Peoria Tire and Vulcanizing (IL)
Givens Machine Shop (IL)
|Caterpillar Inc Mossville Plant Maintenance Department Employees (IL)|