In Reply to: Restoration/mechanical questions posted by Nicholas on November 21, 2020 at 13:18:39:
Welcome aboard, but you could have posted in the regular N-BOARD discussion forum. Since you are a newbie, before you do anything w9ith your 'new' tractor, get copies of the ESSENTIAL MANUALS and read religiously. Don't start buying any new parts - are old ones defective? Only way to tell is by testing and root cause problem solving, not guessing. All components were designed to be rebuilt over and over -carb, distributor, generator, starter, and more. New aftermarket parts tend to be Cheena made junk. You need to know the OEM Ford electrical system was 6V/POS GRN. Many have been switched over to 12V but also know there are only less than a handful of correct ways to switch over and a thousand incorrect ways. the early N's, 39-49, use the front mount distributor. It is timed manually on your bench and mounted on the engine one correct way. Get it wrong and you damage the dist base for good. We have a ton of info in our HOW-TO's and MANUALS forums; the 1949 MPC for one and all manuals and documents are FREE to download. You'll need ADOBE ( also FREE)or equivalent to do so. We have a DONATION page that offer scanned manuals on DVD to purchase or if you want new hard copies, go to Dennis Carpenter or JUST8Ns. Best source to buy parts too when you need them. The OEM 8N Owner. Operators Manual, the I&T FO-4 Manual, and the 39-53 MPC are the most important tools you need - get them. Know the do's and don'ts before you start and practice SAFETY FIRST. A 'restoration' means restoring the tractor to its all original condition. 12V is not original. Just getting the tractor running to use for work is called refurbishing. I rebuild OEM carbs, distributors, generators, and starters. My email is open if you want to talk offline.
FORD 8N TRACTOR ESSENTIAL OWNER/OPERATOR/PARTS/SERVICE MANUALS: