Date: February 2009.
Thinking I needed to get a project going to kill some idle time. Decided to to look at restoring a old tractor. Found one hidden back in a barn, and this what followed me home.http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv21 ... 25_opt.jpg
Most individuals would look at this and tell me to haul it to the junk heap. But, I had visions of something else. So, after many days, nights working late and having to clean hands, finger nails from the grease that collected from removing all the rusted nuts, bolts, screws, with parts of the tractor scattered all over the big garage, and second guessing my thoughts what in the world was I thinking about taking on a project as this large. Having the engine, transmission, hydraulics rebuilt, and many parts to be discarded due to their beyond repair, it seem it was taking too long. Than this happen...
August 2nd. wife had to have back surgery that required five days in the most expensive hospital in the country, and some $67,480.00 later she came home for 3-1/2 months of recuperating. Due to the fact my project set idle, all due to the project manager had to become the best nurse maid around. During the times at being a nurse maid and restoring the tractor, the tractor parts had to be sand blasted, primed, and painted with three coats of acrylics enamel. During this time, the wife was asking why so many UPS shipments was arriving, and how much was this tractor restoring bit was costing. Not to worry honey, you see I have my own bank account. Although, I didn't think the account would deplete so much.
So, after 3-1/2 months, and a few hundred(s) or more dollars later. and on October 6th, 2009 the restored 8N ...I call her Ruby Ann now, came out of the big garage to show the world what a 1949 Ford 8N tractor looked like when it rolled off the Ford Dearborn, Michigan assemby line in June 1949. Here is Ruby Ann. http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv21 ... tor025.jpghttp://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv21 ... tor019.jpghttp://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv21 ... r012-1.jpghttp://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv21 ... tor024.jpg