Friday, November 03, 2006

Our New 1946 Tractor

Ford 2N tractor, 1946, with view of Droop Mountain

We recently got a tractor. I can't explain, but most Iowa farm girls my age love tractors. I learned to drive on a tractor (in elementary school), and my first tasks involved backing wagons full of oats into grain elevators. Driving forward came much later, and automobiles hold little charm for me. Nonetheless, this is the first tractor I've ever bought. It's a 1946 Ford N2, with a four-cylinder engine that sounds just like a Model A Ford (at least as well as I can remember--in my childhood, there were still a few in use). Our tractor has an electric starter, but you can also start it with a crank.

Ford 2N tractor, 1946; front view

I can't contain myself. Isn't it just the cutest little thing? OK. That's out of my system. If you are interested in knowing more about these old Ford tractors (and there are many of them still in use in this part of the country), you can check out these links.

Ford 2N tractor, 1946, side view

1 comment:

Dave said...

Nice long front axle - always a plus in WV fields, I imagine. I guess it would detract from the cute factor to weld on a roll bar...