Episode 3: 1946 2N – Serial 9N237092

2nsideThis acquisition arrived at the American Tractor shop in early February 2004. Prior to its purchase, our crew had been advised that the unit was running and had been used for snow removal. Its usefulness to its owner came to an end and it was time for it to go.
So, a trip to central Ontario, Canada was planned, just north of a town called Barrie which is approximately an hour north of Toronto.

The most obvious thing that was incorrect, even to the most novice tractor aficionado, was the color scheme. Although there was a short time frame in 1947 whereby some 2N’s were painted in the more fashionable 8N colors, according to the VIN number on this baby it did not fall into that time frame.

“I thought I’d take a short cut to speed things up, but instead it turned into a short circuit.”

The hood had the scars of a life of cold, hard labor for this old girl. The strategically placed holes along the bottom line of the hood and around the cowl told our crew that it was likely once fitted with the optional canvas engine cover which makes sense as it lived much of its life in the bitter backwoods of Northern Ontario.

Saturday March 20, 2004: prestoneWhen attempting to boost the battery, the gauge was reading “0”. When investigating why the battery would not take a charge, it was found that the battery had exploded.

This was the big test for last weekend’s carburetor rebuild, which now is postponed until the battery/charging issues are resolved.
According to the American Tractor crew chief, “I thought I’d take a short cut to speed things up, but instead it turned into a short circuit. We decided this would be a good time to call it a day.”

petsTuesday March 23, 2004: The CORE of the Matter – An unfortunate inherent problem when you’ve got old tractors sitting around, is the possibility of many things leaking, namely, anti-freeze. Now, we all know that this substance is highly palatable to small animals and wildlife, which is why we decided to get to the core of the matter, and convert the 2N to a low-tox coolant made by Prestone. After some tedious draining and flushing of the relatively newly re-cored radiator, the unit was topped up and ready to go, and eliminating the possibility of one of our many shop pets from being poisoned. If you have small animals hanging around your shop like we do, please consider some brand of low-tox coolant – your pet will thank you for it with many years of enjoyment together!


Episode 2: 1953 Ford Jubilee – Serial NAA114723<>

jubileetrailerThe Jubilee project was one of our first “mis-adventures” into tractor restoration. This particular tractor was rescued from a life of ill-use, and has retired to our shop for a complete restoration. Having spent many of its years with an oversized loader, the abuse to this poor derilect was intense.

“I knew this tractor had been abused when I arrived with the trailer to pick it up. Its owner said that his family had become so attached to it, that his 10 year old son wanted to take it for one final ride. The child mounted the beast, then reved it like a Formula 1 car and tore around the field hitting several tree stumps as his family cheered him on.”

Old Pete going down the road

Jubilee parts in the shop

jubileenakedWhen we got the tractor home, it was decided that it would be in our best interest to take it for a hot lap ourselves, so Old Pete fired it up and took off up the road. We waited with crossed fingers for his return. Soon thereafter, his smiling face showed back up at the shop with the thumbs up that the tractor in fact did everything it was supposed to do. This was a bonus to know everything worked, except 3rd gear, prior to the disassembly of the antiquated piece of history for its restoration.

Slowly, and piece by piece, the Jubilee was stripped of its outter shell, exposing its skeletal spine which just screamed “save me”.

After pressure washing, we put it away for the winter and concentrated on making some money to carry on with this particular project. The Jubilee is a grand tractor…. but not the only one under the roof.

“I thought it needed a new proof-meter cable, but it was decided that proof of life had priority.”