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Tim Bolen    Posted 10-20-2021 at 12:03:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Cant start my 1944 re-done 2N - been sitting three years
  • Put in new battery and gas. Simply wont start. Turns over fine. Smell gas after a while.

    Sold property. Have to load it onto my trailer to move it out of State. It has a Dearborn Model # 19-59 Loader, and a Ferguson Scraper on it.

    Frustrated. My mechanical brother-in-law died of cancer. Cant find anyone in Southern California who knows what I'm talking about.

    There is no such thing as a mobile mechanic anymore.

    Can anyone give me a sequence to go through?

    Dave H    Posted 10-22-2021 at 09:31:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • why not put a come along on it and get it on the trailer. Maybe use a skid like a 2X4 under the bucket and loader to keep them from snagging.

    Get it on.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 10-21-2021 at 08:25:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Cant start my 1944 re-done 2N - been sitting three years
  • With those symptoms I would be looking at the ignition. Is this a front mount or a side mount distributor.

    I would open the distributor and clean the points as a good starting place. A piece of cardboard, say match book cover, pulled between the points may be all that is required. The file, as has been suggested, may be required.

    If a side mount you can pull the wire from the center turret of the distributor, place it close to the block, and short across the points to see if that gives you spark.

    IF YOU HAVE TO REMOVE THE DUST COVER TO ACCESS THE POINTS WATCH YOU DO NOT LOOSE THE SPRING UNDER THE ROTOR!

    That loader compounds the problem as it makes access very difficult.

    carl    Posted 10-21-2021 at 07:32:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • FACT: 99.98% of all nonstarting issues are due to mucked up wiring. A new battery means nothing --- they can be junk out the door for one. Have it ete under ;aod ata shop. THEN You need to tell us if 6V/POS GRN or has a 12V switch out job been done? Get the essential manuals and know how the system is wired. Is there a GEN and CUTOUT? Then it is 6V. An ALT, no cutout then 12V. Ballast Resistor regardless if 6V or 12V? I'd bet you have a 12V setup gone haywire. Besides the voltage, the front distributor is a special function by itself. Plenty of N guys in KA - Seek out Steve Dabrowski in the archives or ask him






    Bruce(OR)    Posted 10-20-2021 at 22:18:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Southern Cali?
    No mobile mechanic?
    How many stolen cars?
    Jose say can you see?
    Mea Culpa.

    Few people are capable of understanding basic internal combustion engine operation.
    It applies to most things made from 1900 to 2021.
    From the sound of it, I suspect a lack of spark. Pull off a plug wire and see what you get. It should jump a 1/4 inch gap with a fat blue spark.
    No spark?
    Pop the cap and crank it over watching the ignition points.
    They sparking?
    Yes?
    Rotor might be cracked and shorting out.
    No?
    Either no power to the points, or the points are glazed/burnt and not completing the ground circuit to fire the coil.
    Bad coil is a possibility also.
    The wife's nail file is a fair points file just to see if it will at least fire.
    Point gap will effect timing, so you might have something else to check once it is running.
    Or be lazy like a lot of folks and be happy it is running.
    That '44 should be a front mount dist that has a one way fit so you can pull it out to file the points.
    Best one of those I saw had a 120 volt electrical wire twist nut in line on the power wire going to the dist. Made removing/installation a lot easier.

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