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Brad    Posted 04-06-2020 at 02:00:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Wow! Did I ever open a "can of controversies" when searching archives for opinions on "radiator fan shroud."

    Consensus so far:

    1. Having a radiator fan shroud is a good idea, helps with cooling during idling, slow-moving and stationary operations.

    2. Overheating is not an issue without a radiator fan shroud.

    3. Aftermarket new manufacture fan shrouds do not fit original radiators well, and are a booger to install.

    4. Aftermarket radiators don't fit aftermarket fan shrouds well either, nor for that matter, fit original radiator fan shrouds.

    5. Fan shrouds sometimes have clearance issues having to be addressed, depending upon wear of affected parts.

    6. Original fan shrouds from Tractor Salvage are the most economical priced, but shipping will bite your budget.

    7. Fan shroud has a safety function, keeping fragile fingers away from sharp biting blades, when working around running engine.

    8. Fan shroud is a PITA working around front distributor, where there is little room.

    From what I can tell, a fan shroud would be a relatively simple sheet metal project to knock together. When I was a kid in shop class, back in the 1970s (decades ago, back when they actually taught shop classes) we built funnels, pour-cans, tool boxes, and any other sheet metal fabrications desired.

    If I was to build one (like we did in shop class), I would build it out of cardboard, and check everything to fit proper clearancing, and I wouldn't build it in one piece.

    It would make a whole lot more sense to build shroud so you could put it in from the sides and take it off whenever you wanted to, without having to remove the hood, dog legs, etc.

    I might get around eventually to installing a fan shroud, but since my radiator is an aftermarket (#3 & 4 above), and absence will make no appreciable operational difference (#2 above), there's no advantage to being in a big hurry, while there is work to be done that will make an appreciable difference elsewhere on tractor.

    Two questions: Anyone built their own fan shroud? & People what don't like fan shrouds because they don't think they're of any use and they're in the way & so removed theirs, have one they want to find a home for? I'll gladly take unwanted-and-unappreciated shroud "off your hands" :-) lol It's probably "too good to throw away" and collecting dust on a shelf somewhere. :-D

    Ultradog MN    Posted 04-06-2020 at 17:38:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I still think Henry Ford was a cheap sob and didn't put anything on these tractors but what was considered absolutely essential.
    All those pesky things like oil and amp guages, neutral safety switches,
    the bump on the brake pedals that keep your feet out of the tires, fan shrouds, even safety decals.
    I mean, when you think about it, who really needs all that crap?

    Brad    Posted 04-06-2020 at 18:42:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • lol :-P

    Reminds me of the joke:

    "Doctor is involved in automobile accident, & a bystander asks doctor 'Are you hurt?' Doctor replies: 'How would I know? I'm a doctor not a lawyer.' "

    Safety is job number one.

    HCooke    Posted 04-06-2020 at 07:40:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My 8Ns have shrouds. My 9Ns do not. NO difference in how they run temp wise. I have a shroud you can pick up for free or I'll ship to you for the cost of shipping once this virus thing is over.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 04-06-2020 at 12:27:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The Ford radiator shroud wasn't added until mid 1943 at s/n 109503 when they obsoleted the bulky non-pressurized radiator and changed it to the 2N 4 PSI pressurized radiator. I never had an overheating issue with either my early 9N or early 8N tractor except once when i first got my 8N and overfilled the radiator. That is the #1 cause of overheating an N.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Brad    Posted 04-06-2020 at 11:31:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks!! :-) That works for me, I'll gladly pay shipping! :-) ... nimblebee@gmail.com

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    JMOR    Posted 04-06-2020 at 05:58:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Adult son, who is metal work expert & performance car builder for a living, and myself spent hours fitting one to 8N and after all the interference, adjusting and racket, removed the #%*&@! thing & moved on with life. Neither of our 8Ns have had one for many years! After market shroud.

    TheOldHokie    Posted 04-06-2020 at 07:02:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • My experience with the OEM shroud on my 51 8N is pretty much the same. The 9N I purchased in 1985 didnt have one and I never missed it.


    Dn-N-Tn    Posted 04-06-2020 at 09:54:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • When I was restoring our 1941 9N, I traded for a 1943 that had real nice sheet metal to use for parts. The 1941 didn't have a fan shroud (I didn't realize it didn't come with one, but the 1943 did). I put the shroud on the 1941 when I put it back together. I wish I hadn't now, because it never came with one to start with, and it sure make access to the distributor more difficult. I never had a problem with overheating, either way.

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