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Old 09-11-2017, 02:23 PM
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MY dad had a a couple of 48 8N's and the last was a 53 jubilee before he bought a new diesel 4 whd John Deere 740 with bucket loader...

Those old 8N's will run forever, does it have powerdown?
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James that is a good question and I honestly haven't looked at the back end of the thing or even noticed if it did.. Ill look when I get back to it this week..
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MY dad had a a couple of 48 8N's and the last was a 53 jubilee before he bought a new diesel 4 whd John Deere 740 with bucket loader...

Those old 8N's will run forever, does it have powerdown?
The first motorized thing I drove (age 5) was a 53 Jubilee, in 1974. Never hear much about them... thanks for the memory flash back.

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And James no power down. Now I did get a carb kit, ignition switch and some diodes for the alternator wiring on order this morning. As for the derped out alternator.. I was able to "tweak" the bracket that is an adjuster bracket but was previously used as a rear bracket that was bolted to the grounding lug.. It is now in line and has adjust-ability..

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My 73 2000. Two of my uncles bought it new May 8 1973. I drove it in HS on their farm late 1970's. They sold it in mid 80's to a local guy and I was able to buy it from him last year.
I stopped into the original selling dealer and they still had the file in the back room. Owner gave me the original paperwork, factory printout card, copy of selling sheet that went to Ford, trade in sheet etc Even the handwritten instruction on how to get to the farm with instructions to driver to pick up the '53 Ford Jubilee trade in..
100% original parts and paint except tires, battery, muffler and tune up parts. The previous owner has the local dealer replace the starter around 2006 with a import starter. I asked the owner of the dealer if they had any original Ford tractor starters and he told me to go look out in the storage shed.
Found a stack of them and going through them noticed they had tags with owners name on them. Found the one with the previous owners name on it. Yep original starter for the tractor.
Sent it out to be rebuilt and it is back on the tractor.
I had the rubber umbrella seals replaced, valves adjusted, carb rebuilt, radiator recored and water pump rebuilt etc and that is about it.
The left front wheel is incorrect. When the tractor was 3 days old my brother was sent out to brush hog a field with very high growth. Not use to PS he ran over something, the tire went flat and ruined the rim as that rim was always in the high grass.
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Nice.. Im starting to really dig these old tractors.. After I finish this one I MIGHT go find one to restore..
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Nice.. Im starting to really dig these old tractors.. After I finish this one I MIGHT go find one to restore..
The problem with these old tractors is they drop in pricer every year. You can buy a nicely restored 9N, 8N , Jubilee etc for a quarter of what it cost to restore one.

I have 2 times already in my 2000 what it is worth w/o restoration even started. Figure on $1200-1400 for new rear tires right off the bat-labor etc. I had $1350 in my rear tires with labor.-they had to stop at the house remove them, took them back to shop to remove fluid, Gave me back the rims which I had sandlblasted and painted myself and another visit out to the house to put them back on.

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I agree and I also understand and know this would be like anything else. Im not looking at it as a profit item. Its a hobby and I treat it as such.
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So today after work I snag a new belt for the accessories on the tractor.. Get it installed, clean up a little more of the wiring that i wasnt happy with hit the key and the starter button and fire it up.. purring like a kitten then I notice something... Hmmmmm Thats an exhaust leak.. Awesome. The manifold needs to come off now as its leaking at the head.. Fabulous. Ah well... Ill throw the radiator on and at least get that squared away.. Throw it in the cradle pop on the hoses and tighten the clamps. Nice! Start filling it up with antifreeze and water and notice something....

Then I remember when we picked the tractor and parts up and I saw the radiator for the first time. I said has this thing been leaking.?. I was told nah... It was rebuilt a while back.. I think oh ok well.. Maybe I am just being paranoid... NOPE.

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So Saturday I wanted to fire up the tractor since I received in the new radiator and wanted to verify for leaks. I hit the key and it tries but doesn't hit.. I pull the plugs and find one plug is crashed the piston. MF'er!!! I go back to the late great President Reagan.. Trust But Verify... I grab the new plugs I had gotten and compare and they are completely different.
1. the threads are longer on the plugs that were installed.
2. The seat is tapered on the plugs that were installed vs. gasket seat.

If you remember I had pulled the plugs previously to clean them and reinstalled them as I didn't want to foul the new plugs I had gotten. So trust but verify.. Luckily the piston was not harmed.

Today I pulled the fuel tank and and pressure washed it and the hood. From what I could see from inside the tank it didnt look bad so I took some gas and slooshed it round and filtered it several times until it look pretty dang clean. So up next is rewiring the headlights, waiting on the exhaust gasket and carb gasket and then finally installing the hood and tank back on the tractor.
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