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Dean    Posted 04-19-2018 at 15:18:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Replacing a Good One
  • Today I made the decision to replace my 51 Sherman combination equipped 8N with a Kubota.

    I have mixed emotions about doing so because my Father bought it from the original owner in 1974 and it has served he and I well since.

    I'm now down to my Sherman combination equipped 52 with just over 1,100 hours, which I will never sell, my 64, 4000 SOS utility loaded retirement project and my loaded 55 860, which will probably be the next to go.

    I made no effort to trade the 51 in and will put it on the market with some trepidation in a month or so.

    Priorities change.


    Kimberly    Posted 04-22-2018 at 09:56:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • What area are you located in case one of us wishes to consider the tractor.

    Dean    Posted 04-22-2018 at 15:50:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'm in SE IN just west of Cincinnati, OH.


    Kimberly    Posted 04-22-2018 at 20:31:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • That might be a bit far; I know someone in New Jersey that was interested in old tractors but I don't think he wants to drive that far to inspect and buy.

    Dean    Posted 04-20-2018 at 15:49:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • One Last (well, maybe not last) Ride
  • I started the 51 for the first time this spring and took it out to mow for about 20 minutes to make sure that all was well before listing it for sale.

    Good thing. While mowing, I noticed that the generator was charging at max output even after 15 minutes of running. All of my vintage Fords are 6V.

    What the...!

    This happened about two years ago when I was quite busy so I just turned the lights on while using it to avoid over charging the battery until I could get to it. Removing the field wire made no difference so I installed one of the rebuilt generators that I keep on hand. Problem solved.

    Eventually, I got around to looking at the removed generator and, sure enough, the field terminal was shorted to ground. It needed nothing else so easy fix.

    Now having a full field condition twice within a couple years or so is quite a coincidence so, suspecting stuck contacts in the VR, I removed the air cleaner so as to be able to remove the cover of the VR to check. What the...! Nothing wrong herein.

    Of course, I should have removed the field wire at the generator before wasting such time, but I'm now an old guy so am entitled to make mistakes that I learned not to make 40 or 50 years ago.

    Removed the field wire from the generator but the generator still charged at max output. Now this is really coincidental. Hmmmm....

    Getting ready to pick up another rebuilt generator from stores but decided to remove the "failed" one first. Finding two different rebuilt generators with field connections shorted to ground in one's lifetime, let alone a year or two, is hard to believe.

    Bingo! Apparently, I had not tightened the strap securing the (late model) generator to it's bracket tightly enough when I changed it last year. The generator had moved forward in it's bracket (don't know why, as it was now well out of alignment with the crankshaft and water pump pulleys) enough that the field terminal had shorted to the strap, resulting in a full field condition.

    Glad it happened before I sold it.


    Frank (WNY)    Posted 04-21-2018 at 04:44:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: One Last (well, maybe not last) Ride
  • I wish I had bought my 50 8N from someone like you when I was looking for my first tractor. I made all of the rookie mistakes (I wish I had found this club first. I don't know how long the guy I bought it from had it, but over the last year, it is apparent he didn't maintain it at all. he did just enough to keep it running. you could have probably found someone like me who wouldn't have known enough to notice the charging problem and then got stuck having to spend hours trying to fix it. I commend your sense of honesty.

    steveVa    Posted 04-19-2018 at 21:37:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • When I bought my Kubota with a loader I kept my 8N and my Jubilee.
    They are apples and oranges (pun intended) if you ask me.
    I use the Kube for digging, pushing over trees, hauling brush, spreading gravel, moving equipment, tilling the garden and neighbors gardens, and cutting roads and trails. It has a canopy so rain or sun won't stop progress.
    I use Ben the 8N for scraping the road and cleaning out ditches and keep the back blade on most always ready to go. I find it better for running the back blade then the rest.
    I use the Jube for pulling boats and wagons and dragging trees and mowing with the big finish mower. I also use the boom pole for pulling bushes and lifting motors.
    The three seem to work together very well. Just my 5 cents worth...

    AL CT    Posted 04-19-2018 at 18:07:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Similar story. I had a perfectly restored 1950 *N with a Superior loader. Rebuilt engine, new everything. Problem was I couldn't steer it with a full bucket load of material. Sold it to a friend. Purchased a 2013 JD 2520 with 90 hours on the clock with quick release loader, weight box, 6' York rake. A great improvement and I can steer it with one finger.

    Kimberly    Posted 04-19-2018 at 16:35:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I could never sell Dad's tractor. When I am dead and gone then it won't matter. Just too many memories of Dad using the tractor and me helping him.

    Larry    Posted 04-19-2018 at 15:55:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I know what you are saying. I bought a Ford 3000 and love it. Such a nice tractor. I miss the 8N though. I still enjoy coming on here and reading what you guys post though.

    Bruce ( VA)    Posted 04-19-2018 at 15:22:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Let us know how it goes. I have 3 totally restored 8N's and a 4th in pieces; it's time to let one or two go.

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