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Tom    Posted 07-10-2018 at 10:35:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 1952 Ford 8N
  • I have been delegated to bring a 1952 Ford 8N that has been sitting, untouched for Well over 10 years back to life, in order to use it and the attached Bush hog back to life in order to clear 6 acres, taken over by Florida's natural plant life. I pulled the spark plugs and shot an 80/20 mix of wd40 and tyranny fluid. 24 hours later I used the starter to turn the engine over. Reinstalled the spark plugs, installed a new inline gas filter, put fresh gas in the tank and that puppy flamed right up!! The hydraulics work with no issue. Now for the problem.
    The PTO lever refuses to move! Running, not running, running with clutch depressed and in gear, running with clutch depressed and in neutral. NOTHING I have done will allow the PTO lever to move!
    Some friends say to hit it with a hammer, others say use a cheater bar but neither seems like something a mechanic would even consider!
    To answer the first question. ALL fluid/oil levels were the first things I checked and all ARE good.

    mhb@ufe    Posted 07-10-2018 at 19:32:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • It's not uncommon for the PTO shaft to get twisted (especially running a rotary mower) and that will cause the sliding collar to jam on the twisted shaft. You need to do as recommended and remove the cover to verify what is causing the binding.


    TheOldHokie    Posted 07-10-2018 at 14:10:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • To add to what the others have said:

    If the handle moves when you take the cover off you will know the internal shifter sleeve is frozen. That may require a split to fix.

    If the handle won't move with the cover off the handle is frozen in the cover and you can deal with that on the bench.


    Dean    Posted 07-10-2018 at 12:53:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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    Like R Geiger says, remove the left side inspection cover to inspect.


    Tom    Posted 07-12-2018 at 09:11:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Very grateful for all of the feedback/advice concerning the frozen PTO engage lever.
    Patience, a mix of WD40 and tyranny fluid has WON!! Without even looking at a hammer OR a cheater bar. After over a decade sitting untouched, 10 days of patience and lots of my poor man's blaster (80/20 WD40 &trans fluid) has everything moving freely and running just like it did in 1952 but the confirmation, from those that really KNOW old Ford's was exactly what I needed to keep me on the right track.
    Thank you all.

    R Geiger    Posted 07-10-2018 at 10:44:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I would remove the left inspection cover with the PTO handle on it and spray as much PB blaster onto the PTO assy as you can get. Time is your friend. DO NOT hit the handle or use a cheater bar. You may end having to split the tractor to free it up.

    Tom    Posted 07-11-2018 at 14:01:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I can't thank those that responded to my post enough! I say that with all sincerity!!

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