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Darwin    Posted 03-22-2020 at 22:44:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have an 8 N that I am trying to refresh and do a 12 volt conversion on it because every thing is 12 volt. First question would it be worth the pain and expense to have the starter rewired to 12 volts, slowing the starter down to a much more normal speed and not having it knocking the top of the teeth off. Any thoughts on this , I know it's a small thing but after all the hours I've put in I figured why not ?

    Jim    Posted 03-28-2020 at 07:16:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My 52' is still 6V, and I have "0" trouble with it. Not planning on installing a new car stereo with huge Woofer, so guess I will just stay with the ol' original.
    Just an opinion.

    Good luck

    John in Mich    Posted 03-29-2020 at 17:10:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Of my "umteen" Ford Ns, only one is 12 volt.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-23-2020 at 08:27:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I concur with the others Ėno need to waste money on a 12V starter. Itís your tractor and you can do whatever you want to it, but Iíd spend my money in a more practical and efficient way. I do have to ask why you think you need 12V? Nothing wrong with 12V if itís done for all the right reasons but just switching out because you canít get your 6V system working is not logical. Know that 99% of all non-starting tractors are due to incorrect wiring whether if 6V or 12V. get a copy from our HOW-TOíS/ELECTRICAL Forum for ďWIRNG PICTOGRAMS BY JMORĒ as he has all the correct wiring diagrams laid out with pictures. Download a copy to your PC for reference. You will need Adobe but itís free. Follow it and take no shortcuts. You don't say if you have an early 8N with the front mount distributor or the later model with the angle (side) mount distributor so here's both -hope this helps...

    CORRECT FORD 8N ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS - 6V & 12V:

    FORD 8N TRACTOR WIRING DIAGRAMS:




    8N 12V SWITCHOVER ON THE ANGLE (SIDE) MOUNT DISTRIBUTOR:

    *PICTOGRAM courtesy of JMOR

    OEM 8N WIRING(6V/POS GRN) AFTER S/N 8N-263844 WITH ANGLE (SIDE) MOUNT DISTRIBUTOR:

    FRONT MT 12V:


    *PICTOGRAM courtesy of JMOR


    FORD 8N TRACTOR ESSENTIAL OWNER/OPERATOR/PARTS/SERVICE MANUALS:

    Tim Daley(MI)

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 03-23-2020 at 07:31:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • If the ring gear and starter drive are in good shape, it should be fine. Don't fix what ain't broke. If it starts knocking teeth off, there was already a wear and tear issue that would have eventually needed fixing anyway.

    JMOR    Posted 03-22-2020 at 23:00:05 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • been ok with 6v starter on 12v for >40 years here, so I clearly wouldn't mess with it, but I'm not you. Your choice.

    Darwin    Posted 03-23-2020 at 15:43:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thank you everyone for your replies and the easy to under stand pictograms, really nice of all to bother. I've got all the ( paper ) manuals that are in print and some that cover the restoration as a overall subject but I 'm thinking of getting the CD versions of the manuals. I have nothing against 6 volt systems, thousands of engines out there running on 6 volt. only problem is not many pumps or other side items are made for 6 volt. I'm too cheap to buy a new starter so here I go !

    JMOR    Posted 03-24-2020 at 05:15:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • you are good

    Mark    Posted 03-24-2020 at 06:07:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My tractor was converted to 12 volt over 25 years ago and the starter was not rewired to 12 volt. No need. Besides all the nay sayers just switch it over to 12 volt. There are many good standardization reasons for this plus it is much more forgiving over the years then 6 volt.

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