In Reply to: Re: Hydraulic Touch Control Lever posted by Travis on February 19, 2020 at 21:26:45:
It’s important to know which 8N you have. You can check the engine block serial number, see picture for location, but don’t rely on that totally to define the tractor model year. The important things are if it is an early 8N with the front mount distributor or if a later 8N with the angle (side) mounted distributor. Either way, it is also important to know if the electrical system is the OEM 6V/POS GRN setup or if it has been switched over to 12V. Most non-starting/rough running engines are due to incorrect wiring. Many electrical issues are assumed to be fuel issues and many assumed electrical issues are determined to be a fuel issue. Avoid guessing. The front mount distributor is a square unit mounted only one correct way on the front of the engine block. The side mount is a cylindrical unit mounted on the RH side of engine and is a bit more robust. In addition to the Essential Manuals, download a copy of “75 Tips For N-Owners” by Bruce (VA) and from the NTC HOW-TO’s forum, under Electrical, scroll down to “WIRING PCTOGRAMS by JMOR” and download a copy to your PC. From your PC you can save to a folder and print a hard copy for your shop or coffee table. Finally, always perform a true root cause problem solving method for any issue to determine if a part is defective or not and needs to be rebuilt (first choice) or if it needs to be purchased new and replaced. All major components, carbs, distributors, generators, starters, water pumps, for example, were designed to be rebuilt over and over. Some parts, like points and oil filters, need to be replaced with new. Take your time, ask questions, and read all the information available before jumping into any project so you know the how’s and why’s and don’t end up damaging something, especially yourself.
FORD 8N TRACTOR BEFORE SERIAL NUMBER 263843 (FRONT MOUNT DISTRIBUTOR):
FORD 8N TRACTOR AFTER SERIAL NUMBER 263843 (ANGLE/SIDE MOUNT DISTRIBUTOR):
FORD N-SERIES TRACTOR SERIAL NUMBER IDENTIFICATION, HAND STAMPED: