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lonestarjeff    Posted 02-11-2019 at 19:09:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • It was in the low 30s all weekend & drizzling, but I can't stand to be out at the farm without doing something with the 8N. BTW, it hit the low 80's last wednesday. Anyway, the 8N(still 6V)as always fired up with choke applied in the cool weather. I'd hate to have to get out in that weather you boys up north are dealing with, but I guess your N's can handle it with a block heater & a warm battery.

    So far, I can't get my 860 to the point where it's nearly as dependable(it's also still 6V). I pulled the solenoid off of it yesterday. looks like it's kaput.

    Here's a shot of the 8N out in the west pasture.....

    steveVa    Posted 02-12-2019 at 15:47:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Wow! That is a very nice spot!
    I am very envious.
    Looks like you have had a little rain..

    Larry Holbrook    Posted 02-13-2019 at 06:53:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Nice looking tractor. Both should start right up if everything is ok. Ice here in Northeastern Indiana. A good 1/4 inch or more. Tree limbs down and so are some power lines. Moving south is looking better as I get older!!

    lonestarjeff    Posted 02-12-2019 at 16:28:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • After a dry fall we have definitely had wet winter out there. We did, however, get the hay cut & rolled in November just before the wet weather set in.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-12-2019 at 07:58:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thank you Jeff!

    Your sympathy is appreciated but misplaced. We live here by choice and I'll take this cool weather over your mid-summer heat anytime. The fresh air is so breathable.

    My 2N is still 6 volt. The 860 was converted by previous owner. Both start reliable with no special treatment. They are both in sheds but otherwise are just as they sat when I backed them in, turned off the ignition and the gas.


    lonestarjeff    Posted 02-12-2019 at 16:41:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I will definitely trade you a few of our summer days for some of your winter days. Too bad we can't redistribute excess rain to where needed while we're at it.

    I envy your 860's reliability, I can't seem to keep the connections brite and tight like on my 8N. It might be the difference in where they sit in the barn.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-13-2019 at 08:47:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • We just came off of two years moderate drought. Finally got one rain last fall which filled my ponds. Now getting some snow. I'll take all I can get.

    I must confess I do very little maintenance on my tractors. Have never changed the points on the 860 and I've owned it since 2003. Mostly used on the rotary mower those 16 years. Did put AutoLite plugs in it several years ago.


    Larry TX    Posted 02-12-2019 at 11:16:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Though I'm about 200 plus miles south of Jeff's place, it's actually fun down here sometimes Jack as we can go through all four seasons in just a few days period. Today, the forecast is calling for clear blue sun filled skies with temp's in the mid to upper 70's, while next Monday we'll be look'n at overcast and cloudy skies and waking up to temp's in the high 30's with a big chance for rain. Drug stores and medical doctors simply love it here!

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-12-2019 at 12:20:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I've noticed you do get some minor swings. Youngest son is in Austin. Have heard no complaints but he did send a picture of about a teacup of snow the other day. We also have been having the ups and downs. Weather pattern is certainly changing.


    Larry TX    Posted 02-12-2019 at 14:38:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • We in the Houston area didn't get any of that precipitation this far south. My two sisters live at Lake Travis just west of Austin.


    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-13-2019 at 08:52:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My memory of Houston is going for a Catfish feed one night SE (I think) of Houston. Fog was so thick the place was empty and we had more fish than we could eat.

    My son recently moved to Round Rock.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 02-12-2019 at 05:43:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • HiYa Jeff-
    Cool beans! One of the beauties of these old Fords is that they are ALL workhorses. The more you run them, the more they want to keep working. It's been said that one reason why at some tractor shows we see very few Fords is that they are all out in the fields still working! I like your Ferguson Transport Box/Milk Hauler too. Those things did not use a top link. My early '48 8N has always been 6V/POS GRN and always started in cold weather and even when I used to store it outside tarped up. PM is the key to any machine. Just some advice - "...I pulled solenoid off -looks kaput...". Don't be quick to judge by external looks. The solenoid is an electrical switch so all functions occur internally. You can only keep the wires/terminal connections clean, bright, and tight externally. You need to test the starter before making any decisions and just replacing parts without a true root cause problem solving method isn't logical. Check the battery first, then the wiring. There is a no-load starter test in the FO-4 manual, and is probably the same in the F-20 manual to test the starter motor. Each test, if fails, states to rebuild the starter. Most non-starting issues are due to mucked up wiring.

    Tim *PloughNman* Daley(MI)

    *9N653I* & *8NI55I3*

    lonestarjeff    Posted 02-12-2019 at 18:11:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I built my transport box a few years ago from some pictures. I had some old 1x12 pine for the box and some steel channel stock for the frame. All painted Ferguson grey. It's held up pretty good, but needs some tlc to repair a bit of termite damage LoL.


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