In Reply to: New Ford 8N Owner posted by Brian Elston on January 31, 2021 at 09:35:47:
Welcome aboard, Brian! Your Serial Number *8N-261205* is a 1950 engine block, with the front mount distributor. At S/N 263843 Ford went to the angle (side) mount distributor in April, 1950, amongst other major changes. The S/N only identifies the engine block and not necessarily the entire tractor, though they were intended too, but engines were swapped out often. Other ID Date Code Tags on axle trumpets and hydraulic pump base. Date Code Tags were attached to the casting when poured and not hand stamped. Example: “I167” designates block was cast on Septemebr16, 1947. That being said, don’t put much into a serial number. S/N is good for doing a total restoration mostly if it is an early model. What you want to focus on is the important factors you have. Front Mount/Side Mount Distributor; revamped electrical; and the Steering Box are the major changes. Your best investment right now are The ESSENTIAL MANUALS to learn how’s, whys’, and what is what. Don’t start buying new parts. We have a ton of info in our HOW-TO’s. MANUALS, and Archive Forums so start reading as much as you can right now. Copies of OEM manuals can be bought at Dennis Carpenter or Just8Ns. Both are a first choice when it is time to start buying parts. For your other questions, there was no OEM supplied ‘hitch’. Beginning with the 8N on every new tractor there was a Clevis Bracket, 8N-802, under the diffy case but the Swinging Drawbar needed for it NOT included and was only an accessory from a dealer. Same with Stabilizer Bars. Now, with a new tractor there was a shipping parts kit that had the 11-Hole Drawbar, 9N-5182, and the L & R STAY BARS –totally different parts and applications. Lighting kits were never factory installed at the Rouge and Highland Park Plants. Lights were always dealer sold optional accessories on the N-Series tractors. If the ’mysterious holes” are on the doglegs, they are probably for the headlight mounting. The OEM “Hat Rims” you ask about are sought after by Ford restorers as they are no longer made and many were ruined/rusted out from adding Calcium Chloride for ballast weight when they leaked. There is much to learn before you think about turning the key. Perhaps the most important factor is to know which electrical system you are using. FORD always used the 6V/POS GRN setup until the advent of the diesel machines in the late 1950’s. Many N’s have been switched over to 12V as well but, if not done correctly, will result in issues. The front mount distributor is misunderstood by many as well. It only mounts one correct way. Whether 6V or 12V you need to know how each is wired the right way. Don’t assume that because your battery is 12V it is wired correctly. While waiting for your copies of the ESSENTIAL MANUALS to arrive, you can start in our HOW-TO’s forum, under ‘Electrical’, and scroll down to WIRING PICTOGRAMS by JMOR and download a copy (It’s FREE) in pdf. My emails is open. I have OEM HAT RIMS, Carbs, Front Distributors, and lights if interested.
FORD 9 x 28 HAT RIMS; 8N AND UP CENTER DISCS:
OEM FORD N-SERIES TRACTOR PARTS SHIPPING KIT; 2N-17003:
FORD 8N TRACTOR ESSENTIAL OWNER/OPERATOR/PARTS/SERVICE MANUALS: