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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:08 am    Post subject: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

which of the N models is the most collectable?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:41 am    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Off hand I'd say it was the WWII era N's with the aluminum hood and dash. I'm no expert, though.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:43 am    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

anything they made fewer of is going to be more collectable, of course. hard to find or rare factory options will make one more collectible. a funk conversion or an auxilliary transmission like a sherman, hupp or howard will make it more so. the howards are probably the hardest to find/most rare and most expensive. there were some industrial versions that are harder to find, though they may not have a 3 point setup and so from a usability standpoint they may be less desirable, but still they"re harder to find. john smith"s website has excellent info about the factory options and things like that. as for a specific model that is most collectible i couldn"t say, but i"m sure someonee who knows more than me will be able to weigh in.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:44 am    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

that's a good point, i forgot about those!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:03 am    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Collectable your kidding right. For the most part they are not collectable other then maybe the very early 9N that had the dash mount starter button but even then I would not really call them collectable. Sorry the N series is so common what is there about them that made any of them collectable as such.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:20 pm    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

John TR has a beautiful 39N with smooth axels
lot of the after market parts also.
also the early 39N's had the aluminium hoods
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:18 pm    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Aluminum hood 39's and steel wheeled, magneto fired 42/43's. Aside from that any of the Funks and other specilaty modified N's may command a buck or 2.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:51 pm    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree with tractorfix the 39 aluminum hoods (only 7 hundred or so made), the rest of the 39's ( as they are the first year made), the 42's on steel wheels and mags. I also would add the airport tugs, industrial and military tractors. Some also like the 1953 Jubilee as it was the first overhead valve engine. All of the Funks. Then some of the other modifications like the Road maintainer and an " earth mover" used in WW2 for makeing airports in the South Pacific Islands. ( I have only seen one).

It all boils down to how much and why you want something. I don't think anyone would get rich "collecting" Fords, but, but, it is a LOT of FUN.
Have Fun, joe
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:31 pm    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dont know about that! I think the one that they made the fewest of was the NAA.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Jimmyjack wrote:
Dont know about that! I think the one that they made the fewest of was the NAA.


What are you talking about? There were 128,965 NAAs made. How is that less than the aluminum hood 9Ns?
 


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:02 am    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

which of the N models is the most collectable?

Don't have a good answer for you. I can say that I bought a Jubilee because it has more hp than an N, live hydraulics and overhead valves.

My next Ford will have live PTO. I don't collect tractors to make money, I collect old tractors to use.

I don't think too many people will get rich collecting old tractors. It's something I grew up with. At my age, tractor theorpy is the best thing.
George
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

dup44 wrote:
(quoted from post at 14:08:20 11/14/12) which of the N models is the most collectable?


When we started out as collectors of various things, mostly primitive antiques and Steiff bears and animals we were advised to "collect what you like" and don't collect to make money. Later as part time dealers we passed this advise along to our customers.

Someone said that they made so many of the N series they weren't really collectible. I'd beg to differ. As these machines age and get worn out, with the high cost to rebuild and re-tire them, how many are being scrapped or parted out every year? How many of them are even left? It's obvious they are liked/enjoyed/valued by many in the past as evidenced by the original sales and subsequent re-sales, so in my mind, they are all collectible, if that's what you like. I think the real interest for pure collectible value is in the subtle differences over the years made by Ford and owners down through the years.

As for me there will be at least one N in my estate sale. I hope it goes to someone who in 20 - 30 years appreciates it as a working machine from a by-gone era, and not to a scrap dealer.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:19 am    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What he said! Could not put it better.

Collect old tractors for fun, not profit. And use them - keep them busy working.

Doug in east TN
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:24 am    Post subject: Re: most collectable Reply to specific post Reply with quote

dup44 wrote:
(quoted from post at 10:08:20 11/14/12) which of the N models is the most collectable?


by the look of the prices for N's around here..
.......all of them
never could understand why a N will
bring the same/more money
than a similar condition NAA....
oh well, I'll keep buying the NAA's Smile

your question,
conversions like the 'Hi-Crop' N
and most of all, the narrow front N
would be my choice.
Course, I'd have to beat SouNdguy
to that narrow front 8N if it ever comes up for sale!
 
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