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Birchymm    Posted 02-01-2019 at 13:50:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • All,
    SO I'm having a little issue. First off, I have a 49 8N, 12v system. I was out plowing the drive and ran out of gas. I left the tractor parked outside in reported -30 degree wind chill for about an hour to go get gas. I put gas in it and now it won't start.

    I brought it into the garage, where it is usually parked and put a heater on it for a couple hours. Still nothing. I removed the gas line and checked flow, which seems good. All the wires are connected and I am getting spark at the plugs. Still not starting, but turning over just fine.

    Any thoughts?

    Den N Ms    Posted 02-01-2019 at 22:17:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • BirchyPull the coil loose and take the distributor cap off and dry it out and inside of the distributor and points with a hair dryer.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-01-2019 at 18:46:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Yes, either pull plugs and dry/clean off and reinstall or replace with another clean/dry set and check battery for a full charge or have it tested at a starter shop. Turning over usually means starting. If it cranks fine, but no turning over, plugs may be fouled/wet as stated, but continuous cranking will wear down the battery. The extreme cold doesn't help the battery.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 02-01-2019 at 15:38:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Tractor got mad at you for leaving it out in the cold.
    As others have suggested, I'd pull plugs and make sure they are dry. Wave them under a propane torch to make sure. With Autolite 437 plugs I never have to do that for my N-Tractors. Worst case flooded, they will fire one or two cylinders, run horrible, puke out a bunch of smoke, then clear out and start running smooth.
    Not sure what plugs fit the Ford 3000, but when the guy was coming to pick it up, it was a cold morning, and of course it wouldn't start. When he got there I was pulling the last plug to dry it off. We talked a bit while I finished and it started right up. Before I dried the plugs it seemed to have good spark, but wasn't making any attempt to fire when cranking.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 02-01-2019 at 14:02:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You flooded it. Pull plugs and clean. Dry out cylinders.
    Or that machine is smart enough to know it is too cold to go out and play.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 02-01-2019 at 14:01:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • You may have flooded it. Did you try starting fluid?

    Steve    Posted 02-02-2019 at 16:47:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have had good luck starting my tractor when It's really cold out and it is the first start of the day by sticking an unlit propane torch in the air intake tube inlet as I'm cranking. I like it better than starting fluid.

    Birchymm    Posted 02-01-2019 at 15:40:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks for the advice, I'll take it all apart and clean it out. Its still really cold out !

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