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I have been looking at what I thought was an 2n but it turned out that it is an 1948 8N tractor with a 1946 2N engine in this tractor. There is the date 9-28-48 stamped on the rear axle of this tractor. And the plate on the engine reads 9N180816. I was thinking about purchasing this tractor. It is a 4 speed forward and 1 reverse tractor. But now since it has a different motor in it. I am not sure what to do. I am looking for a tractor to restore and to use every now and then around the house. If I restored this tractor and wanted to sell it would I get less for it since it has a 2N engine in it? How much less do you think? Or does it really make a difference? I have to travel 288 miles for this tractor one way and I am not sure if it is a good purchase or not. This is my first antique tractor... I was looking for one to restore and play with. Is this a less desirable tractor in a collectors sense, since it has the wrong motor in it. I am confused and don't want to make the wrong purchase. Would it be less desirable to a collector if I sold it but if I sold it to a guy buying a tractor to use around the house on a mini-farm or something like that would it not be as big deal about the engine. The guy is willing to sell me the tractor, bushhog, boom, 6'foot blade for $1500.00. I don't know what to do.

Any help would greatly appreciated......

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Well, looks like you got a little hybrid there. Looks like original engine for this 8N bought the farm and they replaced it with an older model. This was vey common when people brought core in and didn't want to wait for all of machining work to be done. This is called a hybrid tractor. Functionally it will give you no trouble, they are essentially the same block. If you are into show, than serial numbers don't jibe and the value is diminished. Depends what you want to do with it and what makes you happy. Parts are equally available --- small difference in 8N engine for timing produced more power, but basically the same. According to your 9n serial number is should have been produced somewhere in mid 1945. You haven't mentioned the condition of the tractor --- but the price seems really nice depending on the condition of the tractor and of course the implements. Need more help? Just ask.

If you want more info or just to chat about these Ns and your purchase, you can contact me with your phone number and I can go over more of the details of this with you. I have restored quite a few N tractors and before this tractorforum.com site was changed on 9/15/03, I specialized completely in N-rebuilds, restorations, repair and history.

hope this helps,
Andy

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Here is a pic of one of my 8Ns that I still have ---- not perfect, but neither am I --- angel

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First the 9n/2n motors were pretty much the same as the early 8n's so I would not worry about that.




next, WOW thats nice Andy. Wish mine was half as nice.
 

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Andy that's a beautiful job on the 8N!!:thumbsup:

Tau44, as ingersol444 pointed out, the early 8N's and 9/2N had virtually the same engine, so workability won't be hampered by that. It will however lose some value to a collector. I restore Farmalls, and any tractor that does not have matching numbers is just parts to me, but many collectors aren't so fussy. From the implements you describe, I'd say you were getting good value for your money for a work tractor, and if you plan to keep it, you'll get your moneys worth of work out of it.

Just my 2 cents.
 
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