How I came to own a Ford 8n (ish)

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Posted by Matt G on December 02, 2020 at 13:50:33 [URL] [DELETE] :

(Ish because it is an 8n motor but the rest seems to be 9n. 8.5n? ;-))

One morning I was cruising Craigslist free and saw an ad, nineteen minutes old, for a free tractor. Gotta be a scam, but... if itís real? I sent an email immediately.

I got an email back. I was the first to reply, so I was given the chance to drive an hour to an old farming town to look at it. A wealthy out-of-state family had bought an old farm as a vacation home and place for their horses. This tractor came with the property, and had sat there for a year that they knew of, just filling up paddock space.

I had it hauled home. A brand new 6v battery got it to turn but not start; sitting for a year or more probably did no favors for the fuel, but since it didnít catch even on starter spray, I suspect no spark was the real culprit.

The tractor needs work. A free tractor isnít free. But I think that Iím about seven hundred dollars away from having a very functional tractor- more like $450 if I can repair the boom cylinders instead of replacing them.

I've had trouble posting pictures here, so here's a link to an album with pics of the tractor.

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