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Frank Scheidt    Posted 07-26-2018 at 12:53:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Starter Drives
  • Why did Ford feel it necessary to use a ratchet or positive starter drive on it's N tractors instead of the more common Bendix drive like their cars used?

    Frank    Posted 07-27-2018 at 13:09:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well, I figured out the answer to my own question. Every Ford N Starter I have seen on ebay and everywhere else has the Positive or Ratchet type starter drive. I just tried putting a starter with a regular Bendix that used to be on my '40 Ford into the 8N. It won't fit! There's not enough room. A modern Bendix will also not fit. Ford must've used the narrowest drive they could find which is the ratchet or positive style drive which is quite a bit narrower.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 07-28-2018 at 21:28:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Next time I need to replace a starter, might have to go with the little gear-reduction version that is often available for these tractors. It's a lot smaller, and the drive gear engages from the front side of the flywheel, so the starter easily bolts in place.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 07-27-2018 at 20:07:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • FORD TRACTOR parts are different -that's why they have the 9N/2N/8N prefix. The ratchet drive wasn't invented yet -you did read Soundguys' reply and what I said. If apart was used on different middles it would be listed in each MPC as such retaining the original part number of the first model it was used on. A lot of nuts and bolts are like this. Generator and starter brushes too.

    Tim Daley(MI)

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