With wheels, drums and hubs removed from my 8N's rear axle I cleaned all parts today. In the process I found some anomalies and want to ask for advice. Part numbers referenced here come from Fig. 34, P. 40 (Sec. 151) of my Service Manual 1948-1952 Ford Tractor Model 8N.
There were more than two paper gaskets (4130) per side, as if they had been used for shims. Is this acceptable practice? There were steel shims (4229) on both the left and right axle assembly; 3 left, 2 right. Is this recommended practice? Next to the bearing there was a small fiber seal. This is not indicated in my manual. The manual does indicate a seal (4294) behind the axle nut (4179) and flat washer (4293). This seal was not in place on either side.
On the right side one of the two metal shims (4229) was broken at a bolt hole. Just8Ns, Steiner Tractor and Yesterday's Tractor do not list either the 4294 seal or the 4229 shim in any dimension.
Does anyone know of a source for these items?