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Doug In Glenelg    Posted 06-20-2019 at 12:30:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Start up
  • About 15 years ago I had a 1951 8N, rebuilt from the ground up intending to show it. That never happened. There are hardly any hours on it, and Henry (as I call him) has been in my shop and hasn't been run for about 7 years. I will buy a new battery, and have drained the old gas out. I want to get him up and running and would appreciate any tips. I have a sense it would be a good idea to take the plugs out, put a teaspoon of oil in each cylinder, turn it over, and put the plugs back in before trying to start him. Do I need to prime the carb? Any suggestions to make this easier on him would be appreciated. Thanks Doug.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 06-20-2019 at 15:45:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Start up
  • This is from page 34 of the 1948 Operatorís manual.

    Tractors which have been placed in storage should be completely serviced before use. The following operations are recommended.
    (1) Inflate the tires to recommended pressure, and remove the blocking under the tractor axles.
    (2) Fill cooling system.
    (3) Fill fuel tank.
    (4) Check oil level in crankcase, rear end and transmission, and air cleaner. Change if dirty.
    (5) Install fully charged battery.
    (6) Tighten cap screws and nuts on tractor.
    (7) Start engine and let idle a few minutes. Be sure the engine is receiving lubrication and that each control is functioning correctly.
    (8) Drive the tractor without a load to be sure it is operating satisfactorily.
    (9) Lubricate all fittings.

    Page 33 has a longer list of things that should have been done to prepare the tractor for storage. The manual recommends these preparations for tractors that are used only seasonably, so tractors that will sit thru the winter months are supposed to receive this service.

    Doug In Glenelg    Posted 06-22-2019 at 09:08:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Start up
  • Thanks for the prompt response and that's good advice. What do you think about taking the plugs out and getting some "lubrication" going before firing him up? Even throwing in a bit of 2 stroke oil to each cylinder? He has been sitting a long long time.

    deanostoybox    Posted 06-24-2019 at 19:13:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Start up
  • Good Idea to put a little oil in cylinders and spin with plugs out to ensure top end lubrication. Also watch for oil pressure to come up. If not, oil pump may need to be primed.

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