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Farmer Dan    Posted 11-03-2017 at 08:37:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Maude got herself a new winter coat. Reproduction 8N Storm Cover. No makers name on it so I'm thinking its the same one everybody is selling. She really likes it but I'm not impressed with the quality of construction. Pulled it out of the package and one of the grommets fell off, and no it's not water proof. Its cold, raining and it is better than having no cover so I guess it gets to stay for now. It does look pretty good though.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-06-2017 at 07:34:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I don't have any pictures to show but when I was storing my 8N outside, I used a canvas tarp first that I bought when I first got my 8N in 1990. I make sure it covers the grille and engine sides, bungy cord it good and tight. Next, I cover the entire tractor with a nylon/plastic tarp that I bolted two 2 x 4's to each side thru the grommets. That helped keep it weighted down so the wind didn't pull it loose. It is very important to keep the rubber tires protected from the sun and elements as well. Sunlight (UV Rays) will ruin tires prematurely as it pulls the oils out of the rubber. We call it weather checking. My early 9N had new 9.5 x 32 tires on it when I got it from the family farm, but I had no place to store it but outside. It sat tarped but tires were exposed and thus I now I have extremely weather checked tires that saw little actual use. The tractor also sat on bare ground -a no-no if going to set a while. Always place boards under the tires so they are up off the ground. That 'tire protectant' stuff they sell is garbage too -don't waste your money on it as it will cause premature rot too.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Vince/PA    Posted 11-05-2017 at 08:12:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Dan, Hang it on the clothes line and spray the outside with Thompsons Water Seal. I have done that for boat covers and it works.
    Vince

    Scott McKinnon NC    Posted 11-04-2017 at 19:59:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have decided to use a 100% cotton canvas painters drop cloth 9x12 for my 8N kept under my house at the river open on all four sides. Harbor Freight has them for about $15.00. It covers the entire tractor. I attached tarp clamps at strategic locations connected to a twistable length of cord. I don't know what the cord is called but it feels like stranded copper wire covered with a soft sleeve. Pretty neat for lots of uses. I may try spraying the drop cloth with water proofing although it is a fairly porous weave. If I wash the drop cloth it may tighten the weave for better water proof protection, but also shrink from 9x12 to a smaller size. Non breathable plastic tarps will trap moisture causing mold but thought the quality was lacking.mildew and rust from my experience

    skip    Posted 11-04-2017 at 08:32:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • A couple years ago I covered my N with a blue tarp- never again! The underside of the hood grew mold on it after a few months. I now use a canvas tarp sprayed with waterproofing.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-03-2017 at 17:40:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • About 15-20 years ago, some guy was making exact-as-original Ford N-Series tractor Storm Covers, complete, using duck brown canvas and the correct snaps and ports as well as the Ford-w/Ferguson System logo on the side. I don't know what ever happened to him, maybe he got threatened by Ford for not having permission and being licensed. It would be great if someone who has an original would repop them again. There is a local canvas place in town here that will do custom coverings. Maybe they could do the umbrellas as well. Tractor umbrellas.com sells a Ford red and white canvas one but it only has the DEARBORN diamond logo on it, no Ford Tractor. I asked them when I bought mine if they would add the Ford Tractor logo and they said no, not licensed by Ford. Ford Tractor is no longer in existence so the name wouldn't need to be licensed, just like Dearborn is. I thin I know of one or two fellas who has an original so if they read this post maybe they'll chime in. Like everything else, the demand would dictate production and costs. Maybe we can put it to a vote and see how many would be interested first. I can't believe I passed one up years ago at an auction. I just wasn't thinking then I guess...If anyone has one and want to send it me I'd be happy to get it quoted at the shop in town here...

    ORIGINAL FORD-FERGUSON STORM COVER ACCESSORY:


    Tim Daley(MI)

    R Geiger    Posted 11-03-2017 at 15:05:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If it is not waterproof, I don't believe I would use it for anything but to keep the sun off. but that is just me!

    kevin in mn    Posted 11-06-2017 at 10:32:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I'd sure go for a accurate re-pop of the original cover.

    Larry (TX)    Posted 11-03-2017 at 10:50:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Why not come off the back of your garage/shop as you'd already have one wall in place Dan? And you wouldn't really have to have a solid concrete floor to store a tractor on, you could use a gravel floor, at least for the time being.

    With the building materials available in today's market, I'd think you may be able to erect an add-on "pole" type shed, (and possibly even enclose it) at an affordable price, and I'd bet Maude would be proud to have it!

    Farmer Dan    Posted 11-03-2017 at 16:32:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Too close to the west property line, city inspector won't let me build. Could go off the right side of the garage with a lean-to but then it would run into the dog pen and thats not good either.

    Patrick Knight (N.Cal)    Posted 11-05-2017 at 00:18:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I built this shed/lean-to, out of 120 year old barn wood. Tractor stays dry, and free of snow. Was easy to build. It might work for you, Dan.

    Patrick Knight (N.Cal)    Posted 11-05-2017 at 00:21:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Picture didn't take. Try this one.

    Larry (TX)    Posted 11-04-2017 at 12:40:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I hear you Dan - building codes and restrictions are a real b...h sometimes as in my former job as fire marshal here, I had to enforce many of them - the senseless one's (and there were quite a few of those), I always hated enforcing!

    Charles(N.C.)    Posted 11-03-2017 at 09:56:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I see you have a concrete pad so why not put a metal carport up for Maude and then a cheap plastic cover on Her.Could also use the carport for other purposes.I bought one several years back and "did" put a couple of N's under it but put them under other covers as space called for.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 11-03-2017 at 08:57:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I bought one of those camouflage tarps. It was cheaper, and waterproof, but now I can't find my tractor.

    clayton ingmire    Posted 11-03-2017 at 08:51:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • would a blue trap be better ?

    Farmer Dan    Posted 11-03-2017 at 09:15:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I think a tarp would be just as good. Might not look so pretty but at least it would be dry.

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