By on January 4, 2014
img_0066_l

1946 Ford 9N Tractor, full gallery here

I’m sure that it’s a cliche to say that as a writer I try to avoid cliches. While gearshifts often do fall readily to hand, it’s not a good idea to put that in every review. Not long ago another writer (and I wish I could remember who it was to give him credit) was describing a car’s engine that wasn’t exactly the smoothest running machine and he mocked a common automotive cliche with the phrase “insert agricultural implement metaphor here”. When you read “it runs like a tractor”, they aren’t exactly praising an engine’s durability or torque, they’re calling it primitive and uncouth. Since I like to see things first hand, when I saw that there was going to be a tractor show this fall in Ira Twp, Michigan about an hour away, I decided to see, hear and feel for myself just how roughly tractor engines run. I’m glad that I did because what started out as a lark ended up teaching me something about automotive history and also American culture. (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • ravenuer: spppp, You’re missing the point. Young men riding legal motorcycles are not the problem. It’s...
  • SPPPP: @Lou_BC – Well, it’s a good question. The “enforcement push” seems like a version of...
  • Imagefont: I’ve visited Manhattan many, many times for work and the place, as awesome as it is for its history and...
  • Inside Looking Out: 15 years is nothing. Pioneers and Voyagers used radioisotope thermoelectric generators as...
  • Superdessucke: “It’s not quite the unbridled menace de Blasio makes it out to be.” Ah. Ok. Well meaning...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Corey Lewis
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber