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James L. Kille, Sr.    Posted 07-27-2018 at 04:20:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Ford 8N Tractor
  • Hello I just bought a old Ford tractor, and I am trying to learn about it. I was told by the previous owner that it was a 1953 8N. These are the numbers I found on the left side behind the starter: 8 51 and under that 20975. Can anyone tell me how to read these numbers?

    Thanks Jim Kille

    BlasterStumps    Posted 07-28-2018 at 20:35:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • You might want to start a new topic for the problem on your tractor. Sounds like you have reversed the polarity some place or you have a ground connection issue possibly.

    BlasterStumps    Posted 07-28-2018 at 20:36:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • sorry, that was suppose to post under Glenn's post.

    glenn    Posted 07-28-2018 at 14:50:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I just installed all new tune up equipment on my 52 8n with 12 volt system and discovered after i had done that that my problem was a frayed wire between starter button and solenoid. but after replacing plugs, plug wires, coil, points, condenser, and solenoid it now turns over but I get a violent electrical snap on the starter motor where the heavy copper mess wire connects to the starter motor.

    Things I may have done wrong:

    1. hooked the negative pole of the coil to the distributor, right?
    2. I put the solenoid on just as the old one was?

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 07-27-2018 at 04:50:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Welcome aboard, James. Though our site says 'NTRACTOR', we support any and all Ford Tractors. We have a ton of free information you can download and save to your own hard drive for reference. The LINK below will take you to a scan of the original FORD 601/801 Owner/Operator's Manual. One way to help further identify your tractor too is to know that all of the N-Series Models, the 9N, 2N,and 8N all used the 4-cylinder flat-head 119 CID engine. In September, 1952, Ford released the NAA (Jubilee) Model that now had the Overhead Valve 134 CID engine. In 1954 Ford came out with new Hundred Series Models, starting with the 600 and 800 Series Models. The third digit "1" was added in 1957 when the newer WorkMaster and PowerMaster Models were released. The 600 Model had the OHV 134 CID engine and the 800 Series had the OHV 172 CID engine. As a new Ford Tractor owner ask any questions you may have as many of our members here also own Hundred Series tractors as well as N's. View our other forums as well for more manuals and documents.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Kirk(NJ)    Posted 07-27-2018 at 04:23:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • From the numbers you posted you have a 1958 801 series powermaster model 851.


    James L Kille    Posted 07-27-2018 at 08:34:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Hello Kirk,

    Thanks for the information! From the numbers, how did you conclude it is a 1958?

    The engine only has about 500 hours on it after being rebuilt, runs great, but I do have some issues with the steering, extremely hard to turn, with lots of play, also after putting the draw bar all the way up, it wonít come back down no matter how much weight is on it.

    Is this the right site to post these questions or is there another one I should be using? I have so much to learn about my new tractor. The plan is to restore it, put it in a couple of local shows as they come around and then give it a home on my Sonís Farm in Greenwich NJ. Thanks you!!


    Kirk-NJ    Posted 07-27-2018 at 09:03:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The number you posted 20975 is your serial number. Just check my book for year.
    Jack the front of your tractor up. Does it turn easier now. If so might be bearing/bushing/spindle wear.
    Hydraulics could be a stuck valve.
    If you live in NJ you might want to check out our show Sept 14/16 at Washington crossing park. Daysofthepast.com
    We had 35 Ford's there last year. Hope to see you there.

    James Kille    Posted 08-01-2018 at 20:00:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Hello Kirk,

    Where can I get your book? I donít have a jack yet, but as soon as I get one I will try jacking it up. For the time being I have simply been removing all the sheet metal, to make a list of what I can salvage. If I can make it to the tractor show it would be most exciting. My Wife had a stroke this past Thanksgiving so I am a full time care giver, I will see what I can set up...

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