In Reply to: Serial Numbers and Model Years posted by Greg Goddard on March 08, 2020 at 15:37:47:
The best investment you can make is to get copies of all the Essential Manuals and read religiously. You can get repop parts and manuals at Dennis Carpenter and JUST8Ns. Avoid buying any new ones until it is determined the old cannot be rebuilt first. Most major components were designed to be rebuilt over and over and is always a first choice rather than buying a new aftermarket Cheena made part. If you need help, a few members here can help. I have carbs and distributors on my shelf. As stated below, model year unimportant, but what are important is to know if you have a front mount or side mount distributor, a 3-sdp or 4-spd trans, early or late steering box, and POSITION control -the defining 8N parts. You will also want to identify if your electrical system is still the OEM 6V/POS GRN setup or if a 12V job has been done. Either way it is imperative that the wiring is all correct. Don't assume just because you have a 6V battery or a 12V battery it's wired correctly for that system. Our HOW-TO's forum has a ton of information and DIY projects. Under 'Electrical' is one required document, "WIRING PICTOGRAMS by JMOR" -see LINK to correctly identify each setup. Also, search for a download of “75 Tips for N-Owners” by Bruce(VA) -start with these.
FORD 8N TRACTOR ESSENTIAL OWNER/OPERATOR/PARTS/SERVICE MANUALS: