Re: miller

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Posted by Tim Daley(MI) on July 07, 2020 at 05:20:40 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: miller posted by tony on July 06, 2020 at 14:51:26:

Tony-
I doubt somebody hack-mastered your steering box but then anything is possible I suppose. Like Steve D. said, you are looking at the wrong OPERATOR’S MANUAL for an early 8N. Page 68 shows the late (after s/n 263843) steering box, Page 64 has the early (before s/n 263843) –see PIX below. Shown are early and late manuals, the I&T FO-4 Manual, and my lube modification additions to both. You can try adjusting per manuals but 9 times out 10 the steering gear is simply worn out. Lube won’t help much if at all. The steering boxes were one of those features (the other is the hydraulic pump) that were rarely maintained properly and fell under the category, “…if it ain’t broke…”. Retired 8N guru John Smith once said if he had a choice to rebuild an early 8N box, he wouldn’t and just replace it with a late box. The first 8N OWNER MANUAL was issued in July, 1947, technically the 1948 8N Model, as they were released then, and good thru s/n 263843. In April, 1950, many changes came to the 8N and one was the later steering box at s/n 263843. The 8N manuals show to pour oil down the steering wheel shaft under the acorn nut but that is wrong –do that and you end up with a mess.

FORD 8N OPERATOR’S MANUALS – EARLY & LATE:

FORD 8N STEERING GEAR BEFORE S/N 263843:

FORD 8N STEERING GEAR AFTER S/N 263843:

FORD TRACTOR STEERING BOX –AFTER S/N 216988 FROM THE I&T FO-4 MANUAL:


EARLY 8N BOX USES A 1/4” NPT PLUG; ZERK IS MY MODIFIED ADDITION:

LATER 8N BOX USES A 7/16-14 HEX BOLT; ZERK IS MY MODIFIED ADDITION:

TIM DALEY’S MODIFIED STEERING BOX LUBE PLUGS w/ZERKS:


FORD 8N TRACTOR ESSENTIAL OWNER/OPERATOR/PARTS/SERVICE MANUALS:

Tim Daley(MI)



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