In Reply to: Re: Ongoing Noise & 9N Footboards posted by farmer Dan(OR) Chisler on September 28, 2017 at 05:59:31:
Farmer Dan (MI) (the original) makes a valid point about the foot/running boards. I'll just expand on the SteelCraft running boards though. They were made special to be used with their All Weather Cab and attached via special braces that ran underneath and the cab attached to. The 9N and 2N tractor models never had them otherwise, not from the Rouge nor Highland Park factories. OEM Running Boards didn't appear on Ford Tractors until the 8N Model, first released in July, 1947, one of the 22 new features. Many farmers made their own or had them made. When Henry "Harry" Ferguson built his TE20 and TO20 tractors, he did engineer running boards as standard equipment but that wasn't until 1946/47. The Ferguson running boards will indeed fit a 9N/2N tractors with little, if any modifications. Search the archives to read how others did theirs.
If you are not using ANY hydraulic/gear oil in your tractor, how does it run efficiently? That could be your problem with 'noises' -you'll ruin the gears and be in for areal job. You do know that the transmission and hydraulic system use the same sump, right? The lift arm attachment points use a tapered pin and a castle nut that you nee d to get to thru the axle trumpets to do, one side for sure. Removing the PTO cover is going to get you nowhere.