In Reply to: In the market for an 8N posted by David on June 14, 2017 at 22:02:25:
Welcome to the wonderful world of Ford Tractors. For what you want to do, an 8N is a good choice -4-speed, Position Control, and 20 more improvements over the previous 9N and 2N models. Now, if unfamiliar with these old N's, many of us suggest you first get the essential Ford N-Series Tractor manuals, three in particular: The I&T F-04 Manual; the Operator's Manual, which release will depend on which model year you end up with; and a copy of the '39-'53 MPC (Master Parts Catalog). We have a few of these for download in our MANUALS forum. The others are good too -dealers service manual and a Dennis Carpenter Parts Catalog. Read them like your Bible. SAFETY issues are very important -know the proper method for pulling -flipping over can be fatal is pulling the wrong way. We also have our HOW-TO's forum with many DIY projects and a ton of goo d info on PM for these old tractors. You also can ask any questions on the N-BOARD. As far as which 8N model to get, I would lean towards a later one; a mid 1950-1952 model with the side mount distributor. These are better than the previous front-mount distributor models. I wouldn't be concerned with 'good paint' -a new paint job doesn't ensure the machine is mechanically in good shape. Often sellers apply a rattle can paint job to mask other problems like oil leaks and cracked blocks. You will want a machine that isn't ready for an engine rebuild, hydraulics work, tires good, steering good, electrical is not a spaghetti/convulsion nightmare, and more. Prices vary on regions, but a good running, non-restored machine goes for about $1500 or so; a restored unit will go for double that and up...Many have been converted from the original 6-volt/positive ground electrical systems to 12-volts with an alternator. Not necessarily a bad thing if done properly. You can get a copy of JMOR's Wiring Pictograms in our HOW-TOs to see the correct ways to do that. Get copy of Bruce(VA)'s 75 Tips For N-Owners as a reference on do's and don'ts too.
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