In Reply to: Re: Restoration/mechanical questions posted by Nicholas on November 21, 2020 at 18:55:29:
You might find this interesting about the 1950 8n, there was a early,Mid and late 8n in 1950, I own an early and late 1950 and once owned the Mid 1950 as well.
This is from John Smiths site.
1950 Serial number 8N245637 - 8N343592 This was a big year for changes to the 8N. At serial number 247571 the engine oil pump was redesigned to use longer gears to provide more volume. At serial number 252845 the one piece shifter handle with the small forged knob was changed to a threaded handle with a black plastic knob that screws on. The TSX-33carburetor that had been used for several years was changed at serial 260596 to the TSX241 model. A new engine block was cast so the distributor could be relocated at serial number 263844. The engine now had a side mounted distributor with separate coil on the right side and the new 8N10001 generator was mounted on the left side of the engine. The "8N" casting mark on the left rear of the block was changed to"8N-B". The Ford script was embossed into the rear fenders at serial number 273178. Also at 273178 the governor was replaced with one containing a drive for the upcoming Proof meter. Dealer installed accessory lighting kits eliminated the headlight "wing" mounts and replaced them with round stamped steel mounts.At serial 276115 the carburetor was changed to the TSX-241A. The Proof meter (tach and hour meter) was added to the instrument panel at serial number 290271. At serial 305676 the oil filler cap was changed to a larger model with a replaceable filter element inside. At serial number 313112 the carburetor problems were solved by a change to the TSX-241B. At serial 337916 the engine oil filler/breather tube was modified to better keep oil from splashing out.