In Reply to: new ford 8n owner posted by thad on October 02, 2018 at 11:06:21:
Welcome aboard the NTC. Read our HOME page mission statement and see what features we offer -MANUALS, HOW-TO's, N-BOARD, HISTORY forums all offer plenty of free advice and documents. As a new N-Owner, many strongly recommend investing in the essential manuals and read religiously. The original 8N Operator's Manual; the I&T F-04 Manual, and the 39-53 MPC (Master Parts Catalog) are very important tools to have handy. The important factors to know about your tractor are, A) is it a 9N, 2N, or 8N. The 9N and 2N are basically the same, after s/n 12500, as they both had a 3-speed transmission and only DRAFT CONTROL in the hydraulic system. The 8N introduced POSITION CONTROL and the 4-speed transmission. B) Does it have a front mount distributor, used from 1939 thru early 1950. C) Does it have the original 6V/POS GND electrical system or has a 12V/NEG GND switch over job been done? Some have even added the modern EI (Electronic Ignition) to theirs. Whatever setup you have, it is vital that it is wired correctly. One excellent document to have is in our HOW-TO's/ELECTRICAL forum. SEE LINK below to get there now. It is "WIRING PICTOGRAMS BY JMOR". JMOR put together a document including pictures showing every correct way to wire these old N's whether 6V or 12V. Download a copy for yourself.
FORD 8N ESSENTIAL OWNER/OPERATOR/PARTS/SERVICE MANUALS: