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Joshua    Posted 04-14-2020 at 15:49:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • craiglist 9N or 8n
  • need some advice on a 9n I found on craiglist.

    The good: rebuilt motor (proof with pictures), New fuel tank, radiator, carburetor, gauges and front tires.

    The indifferent
    8N serial number on a 9N transmission and rear end. Front mounted distributor

    The bad
    No oil filter housing, no air breather, push button start is inop he has been using a battery cable to go from the battery to the starter to hot wire it.

    Turns over good compression but wont start.

    I talked him down to $750

    Is it worth it? Where do I start?

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    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 04-15-2020 at 06:04:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: craiglist 9N or 8n
  • Run, Don't Walk away! I'd pass. Where's the oil filter canister? Where's the air cleaner??? So carb has no air intake hose to cleaner and thus just exposed??? Permatex under the head says PO didn't know what he was doing. Was the PO trying to mask a leak from a cracked block??? What is that piece of angle iron doing on the upper radiator hose??? What is the wire doing on the middle LH block -a temp sensor??? An 8N starter motor used a solenoid. Don't see one here and don't think it is 9N starter either. The wiring is a rat's nest and which tells me it is all mucked too. Hood is a 9N. Steering is 9N/2N; Pan Seat is 9N/2N -it doesn't flip up; probably a 3-Speed Tranny too. Radius arms are 9N. Drag links are bent. The Date Code ID Boss Tag on the block starter pocket has F-22-9 which denotes the block was cast on may 22, 1949. Those are just the things I can see. So it's your money and your decision but you did ask for advice and opinions. Do you want to buy an iffy, unknown condition, 'mutt' for $750 and then have to put $1500 into it in order to get running correctly and that's if the engine is OK, not cracked? Finally, if you are in the market for an N-Series tractor to work, I suggest a later 8N or if you want a better engine and more power, an NAA/Jubilee, a Hundred (600/800)Series Model, and even better a Thousand Series Model. I'd only buy a 9N if it as a good early 1939 9N or early 8N to restore to all original, IMHO. Hope this helps.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Scott    Posted 04-14-2020 at 21:07:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: craiglist 9N or 8n
  • That's a 8n block. The heads on 9ns are held on with studs and nuts, not bolts. Of course over the years they could have been changed out. I would be skeptical of the rebuild though. I don't think RTV should be used on a head gasket. I think if you look around a bit, there are better tractors out there. Or go ahead with it with the understanding that it might be a little more work that originally thought. Good luck

    JK-NY    Posted 04-14-2020 at 19:26:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • How mechanically inclined are you? And how do you feel about a project as opposed to a tractor that is ready to go? I’m not overly impressed with the permatex showing around the edges of the head on a “newly rebuilt “ engine. The issues you listed are not too much to fix, but there may be more that aren’t apparent. Not sure how much a good 8n or 9n would cost in your area, $750 is about half of what a running 8n or 9n would bring here with fair to good tires/ rims in unrestored condition with no major issues.

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