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Bob    Posted 03-19-2023 at 00:54:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Still Kicking
  • Hey everyone, been a while. Still have the 8N, it still is useful for lots of work, and as always a great source of pride among my fleet. I did retire it from mowing duties though, the 6 foot finish mower was a bit too much for it. I picked up an early 70s Kubota L260 2 cylinder diesel tractor to take over the mowing.

    The N still pulls the wagon, rakes and grades the driveway, pulls a core aerator for the lawn, and drags old cars and stuff around.

    Back when I still ran the mower with it:


    And a couple years ago, getting ready to do some spring cleanup:


    >>>> Hmmm . . . . looks like this forum software dosn't support BB code, nor will it allow me to hotlink or otherwise insert pictures from my FLickr account. I gave up on Photobucket after the troubles it gave me with spam and other nasty innernet stuff. <<<<

    Bob    Posted 03-20-2023 at 07:55:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Guess I need to update my registry photo. This was taken at my old place, and Zoe has passed away.

    The original registry photo.

    Bob    Posted 03-19-2023 at 01:09:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • {I think I see what I did wrong, try this}

    Getting ready for spring cleanup mode:

    Down by the river after emptying the wagon mode:

    Bob    Posted 03-19-2023 at 01:05:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I see I can't edit a post either, so let me try this.

    Mowing mode.

    >>>>Looks like I can't get it to put more than one picture in a post either, even using Ed's awesome picture podting guide.<<<<

    Dead Eye Dave    Posted 03-19-2023 at 04:03:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I guess I may be the only one who does not know why there are two exhaust lines running from the exhaust manifold. Is that some aftermarket idea to produce more power?

    Bob    Posted 03-19-2023 at 11:58:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Yes, that is a modified exhaust from N Complete. I needed a new exhaust manifold and headpipe and at the time their fancy twin outlet setup was about the same cost as OEM, so on it went.

    I have a video of it on YouTube.

    Check it out here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6LYlUKaCCU0

    Bob    Posted 03-19-2023 at 12:20:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Try this.

    The kit came with larger jets for the carburetor, as the system flows a bit more air. No mufflers either.

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 03-19-2023 at 18:09:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • That's bad@ss - love it!!!!

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 03-19-2023 at 05:58:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The dual exhaust manifold was sold by a company named N-Complete that went out of business a while back. I think it was pricey, at around $350 but it sure sounded cool on the 8N.

    John in Mich    Posted 03-19-2023 at 09:03:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • N-Complete. An interesting former business near Anderson, Indiana. Years ago, I had occasion to buy parts from them and actually visit their remanufacturing facility with a private tour of operations.
    Years later I was at an auction in Battle Creek, Michigan. There was an early 9N disaster on the block. It had a welded block, scab tires and a welded aluminum hood.
    Any other N in that condition would have sold for scrap.
    I looked it over and thought I could do something with it and set in my mind to bid up to $1000. Then I looked around the bidder crowd and I saw Tom Armstrong, N-Complete.
    When bidding started it was wild! I watched Tom and another bidder go head to head.
    WOW! Selling price to Tom...$7000.
    I got to talk to Tom afterwards and asked him about it. He said he would probably put another $10,000 into restoring it.
    I know that it was later sold at auction for a very high price but I do not remember what the amount was.
    There was a downside to this story that sort of teed me off. I also spoke to the opposing bidder about the price. He said he didn't have that kind of money. He just wanted to see how high Tom would bid.

    DED    Posted 03-19-2023 at 07:04:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks Ed. Not something I would want but neat just the same. Dave

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 03-19-2023 at 16:53:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • A close-up of the exhaust

  • Bob    Posted 03-20-2023 at 07:51:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • A Closeup Of The Intake
  • The intake is special too. The only place for a Deere.

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