In Reply to: Stored 8n looking for advice posted by End of the road 8n on May 25, 2018 at 04:05:08:
Welcome aboard the NTC! You came to the right place. You’ll find everything you’ll need to know about these old N’s right here. In addition to the regular N-Board forum, we have the MANUALS and the HOW-TO’s both with just about all the information you need. The archives contains past posts so just enter a keyword and get more of questions that have been asked before. Let’s break down some of what you said already. First, here’s a LINK to our HOW-TO’s with a document on how to proceed with a tractor that has been setting for a long time. When oil is a ‘milky’ shade, it indicates water contamination. Normal oil change procedure would require to first get the engine hot then drain old oil, but you could drain the crud in it now and put clean fresh oil in it before firing it up and worry about doing correct oil change later. I am not sure what you mean by ‘reactor’. The new head gasket still leaked –maybe the block is cracked? Just replacing the carb without knowing what is wrong, if anything, with it was not a good idea. These FORDS were designed so parts could be used over and over, rebuilt when needed, and often so the farmer could do the work himself. Most ‘new’ parts sold today are junk from Cheena. Also, do not assume they are set correctly out of the box, goes for any part. If settings, inside and out, were not verified at installation, issues may arise. Do you still have the original Marvel-Schebler carb? How did you determine you are getting fuel the carb? Don’t throw it away. If it is an 8N, it should have a 4-speed transmission and POSITION CONTROL –the little lever under the seat on the RH side. If it has a 3-speed transmission and no lever, meaning DRAFT CONTROL only, then you have a 9N or 2N. If it is an early 8N, really we go by 1948, the ‘8’ in model ID defines model year even though the 8N was first released in July, 1947. Serial numbers were hand stamped on a cast boss on the block, near the oil filter housing mount. ALL 9N's and 2N's have the '9N' prefix in the serial number, all 8N's have the '8N' prefix. What do you mean by ‘can style’ coil? All early 8Ns up to the mid-1950 used the front mount distributor –see picture -with the square coil on top f distributor. If you have an angle-mount distributor, it will be on the RH side of engine and use the round coil, and the generator will be on the LH side. Do not assume that because it has a 6-volt battery it is the correct original 6-volt/positive ground system. Do you have a generator and a voltage regulator or is there a round can cutout on back side of dash on the lower steering box? You don’t say if you are getting spark. There are at least two good documents to download from our forums. One is Bruce(VA)’s ‘75 Tips For Owners’ and the other is WIRING PICTOGRAMS by JMOR. The latter will have every correct way to wire these old N’s whether 6 volt or 12-volt. Many of us also suggest that you invest in getting the essential owner’s manuals for your 8N. These are as valuable tools as any wrench.
FORD 8N TRACTOR OWNER ESSENTIAL MANUALS:
FORD 9N, 2N, AND EARLY 8N’S ALL USED THE FRONT MOUNT DISTRIBUTOR-NOTE SQUARE COIL ON TOP: