1941 9N Ford Tractor 12:1 scale

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Project by hunter71 posted 09-05-2009 12:37 PM 8307 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like most of my trucks and tractors this is made from red cedar. I have a friend that owns a saw mill close by and he keeps me in plenty of knot free red cedar. A bit of white showing is good I think, but not too much. This is an exact replica of my restored 1941 9N. I drove it up to the shop and took all the measurements as I went along. Complete down to the drain plugs. Tires were keeping me from recreating my old tractors. There are some out there that make them on a CNC machine, but that’s out of the question for me. So, I made a machine to make the tires. Simple, but it gets the groves in the cedar, then I hand sand them to a smooth finish. I use the best glues I can find and to date have never had any seperation problems. These are [shelf toys] meaning I make them so they will not roll. When they are built they can, but a drop of CA glue keeps them still.This project was about 50-60 hours. Enjoy, Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 09-05-2009 12:51 PM

WOW! that is a very cool project. The tires look great like they are made of rubber! It is giving me insperation to try one! I have a 1941 Case SC.

-- JohnnyP - Lindstrom, Minnesota

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#2 posted 09-05-2009 01:47 PM

That’s a cool tractor! Great attention to detail and I can see how you would have 50-60 hours in it. Great job.

-- John @

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#3 posted 09-05-2009 02:49 PM

That is outstanding Hunter. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#4 posted 09-05-2009 02:52 PM

Amasing. Way out of my league! If never fails on here for me to be blown away! Make a Farmall H next? HAha

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#5 posted 09-05-2009 03:21 PM

Hi Hunter 71
Had a plastic model of this when I was a kid, too young to do it justice, what a mess. You have done a superior job and can be proud of it. I would never attempt to do what you’ve done.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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Les Hastings

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#6 posted 09-05-2009 03:34 PM

Awesome tractor, nice craftsmanship hunter! Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 09-05-2009 03:54 PM

Great job on the tractor

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 09-05-2009 05:11 PM

Great job on the tractor! I have a fondness for the 9n, I remember converting ours from a 6 volt dc ignition to a 12v ac alternator system with my Dad and our neighbour many years ago. One of my favourite memories of my Dad. Every time I see one of these it takes me back to the hours on that hard metal seat pulling logs out of the bush or cultivating or whatever Dad would let me do with it. I even experienced a brush with its “Widow maker” reputation when it climbed up on itself whilst I was towing some trees out of the bush…my teenage reflexes saved me that day,but I almost rolled her on top of me….so scary I still remember it all these years later! Thanks for posting this great project!.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 09-05-2009 06:02 PM

It turned out great very nice

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 09-05-2009 06:11 PM

Nice job on the tractor ! Very nice….....

Welcome to the lumberjocks….can’t have too many toy builders here… )
However, this past few months I have forsaken the toys for woodturning…... a new found passion.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 09-05-2009 08:44 PM

Wonderfull… what patience to create such detail… and a steady hand.

Okay, you glue it down with CA… how to you crawl under for the oil changes with such detail drain plugs?

Implements? Looks like you have the three point hitch… a cycle bar mower? Belly mower… bucket loader, back hoe… bottom plow… two or three bottom? don’t know if it lugged a three… lol… very good…

I drove my uncle’s onto the ice of a livestock pond (50 years ago) to break up the ice for the livestock.
I knew I was in trouble when the fan blade started spewing water and ice before I could stop. Then, as I looked back to see what happened, I watched the rear tires sink to the axle. I new I was in deep do-do then. Uncle was mild mannered about it… but he sent my dad to retrieve the tractor and that did not go well for me…. thanks for that fine memory…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#12 posted 09-05-2009 08:54 PM

That’s a nice tractor!

I’m also enjoying the tractor stories.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 09-05-2009 10:54 PM

great job, i really like all that detail!

-- jk

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#14 posted 09-06-2009 01:52 AM

Great job!! Inspires me to do a #50 Johnny Popper like I grew up on:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 02-22-2015 09:11 PM

Could you please explain in detail how you made those back tires. Maybe post some pictures of any jigs you made or used too please?

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