I am helping a friend restore his 1947 Ford 8N.
I think the '47 had a lighter grey than later models. Does anyone have the color codes for the grey and red used on the 1947model?
Thanks in advance,
Might be some info here
As the link suggests, the 8N 'grey' was actually more of a light almond color. If I recall correctly when I restored mine, the PPG red is actually late 1960's GM red (may be Spectra Red). I think we had problems getting the formula for the 'grey'
Go to the Yesterdaystractors.com web site and use the 8N,9N,2N discussion board and you will get all the help you need. Great source of info. and parts.
Closest we got to the red is rustoleum IH tractor
paint 'any hardware store'. I have two qts genuine
Ford paint (labeled) which now relabeled New Holland
I'll get the number and get back. With the part no.
any auto paint store can mix it-or check with
a new holland dealer. And dont bother with tractor
supply it says Ford grey and its far off as day &
Now all we need is some good paintin' weather
UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH -- I think you need to get on the N-Complete or American Legend web site and order their paint. They are the only source I know of for the correct colors for all Ford tractors. I have repainted half a dozen of them over the years and the first one was off a mile. I used the paint from Ford/New Holland that they sold me as correct. Their paint is from the last of the red and grey combination and is far too orange for the 8N. It is correct for the 600/700/800/900 series. The paint from N Complete in Indiana is the correct color which they had formulated from paint under decals, etc., on the original tractors. IHC paint is far too red, not nearly lipsticky (if that's a word) and most greys are far too grey and not tan enough for Fords.
Call Tom. He's the owner. Tell him you are calling because the carburetor guy in Montana told you to call. They are the best supplier for 9N-900 series tractors I have found.
765-785-2309 is his private number there.
This is from their web site: (www.n-complete.com)
If you have ever heard two or more Ford tractor owners discussing the color of their tractors, you have probably heard a disagreement. There seems to be as many beliefs about color as there are tractors.
Since we remanufacture vintage Fords, we were as concerned as everyone else about the proper colors for our products. So,we took an aggressive approach to the problem.
In order to be as accurate as possible, we took original Ford stock that had never been used (and had never been faded by the sun) to be color matched. We found the following:
2N and 9N ? the original is a very dark gray ? much darker than the vast majority of restorations that we have seen.
8N ? The red is "RED/red", not the "orange/red" that is used on later tractors. This is consistent with the fact that Ford changed the color in 1958. Unfortunately, the old formula was lost. This led to the fact that (1) part number actually referred to (2) colors ? Pre and Post 1958.
The 8N "Gray" has been described as "green/gray" or even as "tan". The color that we use matches the original product.
If you are interested in using our paint, we sell it by the gallon we also recommend (1) pint of hardener per gallon of paint for a durable finish which can be rubbed out.
For a stain and fade resistant "show" finish, we recommend an acrylic clear coat to finish the job.
LP Part Number
Ford Red paint - 8N - NAA - 600 - 800 - 900 (1) gal
Ford Red paint - 501- 601 - 801-901 (1) gal
Ford Gray paint - 8N- 600- 800 (1) gal
Ford Gray paint - 9N- 2N - (1) gal
Red Primer - (1) gal
Gray Primer - (1) gal
Hardener - (1) pint
In order to complete the job, you will need (1) gallon of primer, and (1) gallon of red and gray for an 8N. The 9N will require (1) gallon of primer and (1) gallon of the dark gray.
Hardener as required.
(1) quart of catalyst to (1) Gallon of Acrylic clear coat if desired.
Please note that the primer that we sell is a good base coat primer. If you desire a "finish" coat of primer, we recommend that you visit your local paint supplier.
We also carry a wide selection of replacment decals including: 9N, 2N, 8N, NAA Jubilee, 600-601, 800-801.
We will soon provide on-line shopping for parts, paint and decals. Until we get that project completed, please call toll free 1-877-342-2086 or email email@example.com.
The Ford tractors in the Palmer collection in Minnesota this summer were restored using N-Complete parts exclusively and painted with their paint and colors.
First photo is the correct 8N color
Second photo is the correct 9N/2N color
Third photo is the correct color for 600 ---
thank you so much
Careful, I put mine in the sun to dry and it shrunk. Les