Sorry for the big photos. Photobucket got into a crash cycle so I had to switch to Image Shack and they don't auto resize on upload (apparently!)
A few people asked for photos when I mentioned repainting the old girl so I'll post them in here. It's not really a restoration, just a clean and repaint, as much as possible. Since I've decided to keep the tractor (and had some credits at TSC to use on paint), I decided to fix what rust was starting on the tin, knock out and rework the dents, and repaint it.
As discussed in other threads, my 1942 9N was totally repainted Ford blue over the battleship grey at some point in it's past. The hood was repainted 8N pale grey, I found what I think is some battleship grey under the hood.
I'm going with the Ford blue on everything except the hood, which will remain pale 8N grey.
The tractor runs very well, very quiet, no smoke or noises from the engine or tranny or clutch, good oil pressure cold and hot, so I'm not taking anything much apart.
I've got about 2 years worth of wood already stacked for the outdoor furnace so I have about that long to do the tractor work, if needed. Hopefully, I won't need all that time.
I've never owned one of these before but they look pretty simple to take apart and get back together. I did learn that the components are pretty heavy when I accidentially took out the last bolt holding the grille to the hood when laying under the radiator support and had the grille land on my cheekbone (I turned my head just in time).
At this point, I've already taken off the hood and removed the gas tank, peened out the dings in the leading edge of the hood and around the radiator cap. Wet sanded the hood a little, need to get the dealer decals off of the hood, they are really stuck. Also peened most of the dings and dents out of the top and bottom of the grille and straightened the grille bars.
Next is grinding out the little bit of rust in the hood and the edges of the doglegs (that's what I'm calling the hood side parts with the headlight mounting holes). The hood will need some light filler as well the dents, the doglegs won't.
The rear fenders need some work too, but I'm trying to find a way to get them off of the tractor without removing the U-bolts on the axle, doesn't look possible.
On to the photos, check out the blue paint under the red. It's really hard to find any battleship grey, I've only seen it inside part of the air cleaner assembly when I rebuilt that last fall.
PS - If anyone knows of a set of good used headlights for the old girl, please let me know.