In Reply to: Firs 8N tractor posted by Diane M on April 06, 2021 at 18:14:46:
The FIRST order of business would be to get the ESSENTIAL MANUALS needed; they are the best investment you can make for your tractor. READ religiously before operating. Know what is and isn't correct so you don't damage something, including yourself. The FORD N-SERIES TRACTORS are great little workhorses and as they say, built FORD tough. They are a basic 4-Cylinder Flat Head engine and made in the time when the operator could perform most all of the work on it himself. It was designed so all major components could be rebuilt over and over and this practice still stands today especially since all "new" aftermarket parts today are made in Cheena, a land where Quality Control is a myth. New repop parts are made by Dennis Carpenter and sold by him and Just8N's. The MANUALS can also be purchased at Carpenter and Just8Ns too. How did you determine the carburetor is 'ruined' ??? Leaking gas can be caused by several things. Don't succumb to the rookie/newbie mistake of just start buying all new parts and replacing without first determining if old are defective. That is illogical. Always perform a true root cause problem solving method for any problem, no matter what the issue or machine is. Many here do their own work. Our HOW-TO's, MANUALS, and archive forum contain a ton of valuable information. There is much to learn about and know before you even try to start the tractor. Determining what modal you have (s/n & year are not important) but what YOU have on YOUR system is. ALL FORDs were the 6-VOLT/POSTIVE GROUND electrical system. Later, and even today some switched out to the 12-VOLT/ NEGATIVE GROUND system. ALL 9N & 2N models (39-47) are basically the same. They all have a 3-Speed trans; DRAFT Control only; and the Front Mount Distributor. The latter is the 2Nd most mis-understood system on Fords. The 8N Model was introduced in July, 1947 and built thru SEP 1952. It had a 4-Speed Trans, POSITION CONTROL added; better steering; and better electrical, still 6V/POS GRN, but early models (47-50) still used the front mount distributor. Late models (50-52) switched to the side mount distributor and moved the generator to the LH side of engine. These are only the beginning basics. Get a copy of the Operator/Owner Manual, the I&T FO-4 Manual and a copy of the '39-'53 Master Parts Catalog to start with and read before you do anything. Some fellas here like me will rebuild carbs, distributors, generators, starters, and more. So again don't go buying any new parts (manuals excepted). Get a copy of "75 Tips for N-Owners" and "WIRING PICTOGRAMS by JMOR" in our How-To's for free download. My email is open.
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