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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.

Thanks

Joe
 

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Re: 9N repaint documentation (big image alert)

Big isn't the word,Even your text is 3 times as wide as my screen.Too much trouble reading back and forth. BYE!
 

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Joe, I resized your pictures..:fing32: :thanku: for sharing..
Thank you very much. I'm not sure what's wrong with Photobucket but I guess the Imageshack experiment is over until I get it sorted out.

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I dont know if anybody else noticed but that ground strap just dont look right to me. It looks kinda small and the location of your ground. I noticed because mine is connected to the engine. Opps my bad I just noticed your on a 12 volt system. I doubt it would cause you a problem. Looking forward to see the more.
 

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Are you going to get some of the stuff sandblasted? If so, it sure makes for a nice paint job. Anyway, looks like a good project.
 

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I dont know if anybody else noticed but that ground strap just dont look right to me. It looks kinda small and the location of your ground. I noticed because mine is connected to the engine. Opps my bad I just noticed your on a 12 volt system. I doubt it would cause you a problem. Looking forward to see the more.
Thanks for asking about that. I've noticed that your avatar photo is exactly how I hope my tractor ends up looking. :trink40:
 

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Are you going to get some of the stuff sandblasted? If so, it sure makes for a nice paint job. Anyway, looks like a good project.
I have a sandblaster but I try to avoid using it because of issues with the sand getting where it doesn't belong. I'm going to try to use an abrasive 3M wheel on a drill in areas I suspect filler or other issues in the hood and fenders. I've got some metal putty that I have been wanting to try out that I'll use if there is bondo in there to be ground out, otherwise I'll try to get by with a thin layer of Evercoat glazing compound.

I'm thinking about undercoating the underside of the hood to seal out moisture once the bodywork is done. I'll need to mask off the gas tank supports because that tank is a pretty tight fit. I've got some rubber sheeting to make new isolators for the tank.

I removed the dealer labels from the sides of the hood and wet sanded some more yesterday. Also removed all the accumulated dust and mud off of the gas tank and used Scotchbrite and water to clean everything else off of the tank so I can put a coat of paint on it.

I work for a German machine company and I have tons of zinc coated screws and bolts and nuts leftover from projects but they are all metric. I've love to have a bunch of nice shiny hardware on there but it seems totally wrong to have metrics on a 9N.

Back to work, kids' soccer and cross country for the rest of the week.
 

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Thanks for asking about that. I've noticed that your avatar photo is exactly how I hope my tractor ends up looking. :trink40:
Thanks for the comment. Ethel worked hard yesterday and before I put her in the barn I had to spray her off, I really like the paint scheme on her. I believe I seen the same colors at TSC she was painted like this when I bought her. :fing32:
 
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