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John Poe    Posted 03-12-2018 at 01:43:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Engine conversion
  • I have 2 1941 9Ns. One is in beautiful shape and runs well.
    The second has a motor that was stripped down and the parts were not with it.

    1st question I have..is what diesel engines will fit and are there conversion kits for doing this?

    2nd question who makes 4x4 conversion kits or are there links for those who have made their own 4x4 conversion


    Michford    Posted 03-17-2018 at 09:16:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • John, your email is open so can I email you a few pictures of a home built 4x4 2N? I took some pictures of one at the Old Engine Show from Buckley MI in 2012. I cant post them in the thread directly as I used to use photobucket but they no longer allow linking photos. I spoke to the owner that built it and he used a jeep front axle and made his own brackets to mount the front axle. I seem to remember him saying he used a 90 degree gearbox from an Allis Chalmers Rotobaler and it bolted right up to the right side of the tractor. He put a Ferguson tag on the gearbox just for grins. As both Kirk and Kevin already mentioned, there was the Elenco aftermarket kit but they can be difficult but not impossible to find. You would be more likely to find one on the east coast or midwest as that is where most were sold. Finding an Elenco would be the easiest route for your 4x4 conversion. There was another aftermarket kit made by Sherman Napco, but they are even more rare then the Elenco. I can also email you a picture of the inside of the gearbox of the Sherman Napco to show where the chain drive picks on the coupler between the transmission and rear end if you end up making your own. I have both an Elenco on an 841 Ford and a Sherman Napco on an 860 Ford.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 03-12-2018 at 14:35:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Just to bolt the engine to the transmission will require an adapter plate. It is possible to make one of those, if you can find drawings for the engine and transmission bolt patterns. The clutch assembly for the diesel may not fit in the N-Tractor transmission housing. New holes can be drilled and tapped in the engine flywheel to mount the N-Tractor clutch assembly. Many years ago there was a 4-wheel drive kit for the N-tractors made by Elenco. They were always very rare, so finding one of those today would be difficult, and wouldn't help much for attaching the front axle. Some sort of frame will have to be provided to extend forward from the transmission. Most engine blocks are not designed to be the frame of a tractor. The radiator needs to fit under the hood and match up with hose locations on the engine. Everything else to make this project complete and usable will also have to be custom-fabricated. Hood supports, fuel system, intake, linkages, battery, wiring...

    john poe    Posted 03-15-2018 at 15:45:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Correct, am aware of the adaptors needed and the problems with 4x4 just wondering if there were any kits or even plans for them. I can do all the machining but would be a lot easier and faster in kit form.

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 03-12-2018 at 04:01:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I don't know anyone is building a kit for a Diesel conversion. They do have them for gas.
    4 wheel conversion kits are not available either. For some insight into building one just Google Steve's page, 8Nfever and look under equipment

    john poe    Posted 03-15-2018 at 15:46:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thank you

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