Yesterday's Tractor Co. Shop Now
   Allis Chalmers Case Farmall IH Ford 8N,9N,2N Ford
   Ferguson John Deere Massey Ferguson Minn. Moline Oliver
Classified Ads
Photo Ads
Tractor Parts

Discussion Forums
Project Journals
Tractor Town
Your Stories
Show & Pull Guide
Events Calendar
Hauling Schedule

Tractor Photos
Implement Photos
Vintage Photos
Help Identify
Parts & Pieces
Stuck & Troubled
Vintage Ads
Community Album
Photo Ad Archives

Research & Info
Tractor Registry
Tip of the Day
Safety Cartoons
Tractor Values
Serial Numbers
Tune-Up Guide
Paint Codes
List Prices
Production Nbrs
Tune-Up Specs
Torque Values
3-Point Specs

Tractor Games
Just For Kids
Virtual Show
Museum Guide
Memorial Page
Feedback Form

Yesterday's Tractors Facebook Page

Related Sites
Tractor Shed
Ford 8N/9N Club
Today's Tractors
Garden Tractors
Classic Trucks
Kountry Life
Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Forum
Order Ford 8N Parts Online

How to deal with my 9n/8n tractor

Welcome Guest, Log in or Register
Author  [Modern View]

04-20-2017 18:16:04

Report to Moderator

Well, this tractor has been on a neglected journey since it entered my family. My Dad decided to buy a couple tractors a 1940 Farmall H and one day I noticed this Ford 9N/8N next to the pole barn.
I asked him about it and he said it ran long enough after he bought it to get it off the trailer and that's where it died. He was a busy, non-mechanic, so there it sat. That was maybe 8 years ago.
Three years ago he passed away and this Ford tractor made it across the street to my Grammas farm where it sat until last September. I finally was in a little better position and was able to begin dealing with it.
My buddy and I picked it up and took it to his house. I bought all the material assuming it was a 9N as the serial number is 9N37880*.

It had a bent valve on one of the cylinders so I replaced it, ground all the valves and seats, bought new springs. headgaskets, etc. Did a little tune-up and stuff.
So, for the longest time I didn't return to it last winter but my friends kept tinkering with it and could not get it to run. Carb kept leaking fuel it would only run for about ten seconds or so. Even with a new carb.

Two days ago I picked it up and brought to my garage. I messed around with the float, changed the main jet, tinkered with the distributor, checked the plugs, checked the wires going to the right cylinders.
And it ran and stayed running. Pure joy.

However, no oil pressure on the gauge. (we did change the oil with 30wt before we attempted to start it.) I pulled the line off going to the gauge and felt no oil or really any air pressure coming through. So that is where I have left off.
But in my research tonight. I have found that while my block serial number says 9N. Everything else about the tractor says it is an 8N. What year, I have no idea.
It has 4 speed tranny, an 8N dash, 8N rims, etc.
How should I continue to treat this tractor? As an 8N going forward? Treat the motor the same way, is it the same motor as found on an 8N? Should I be concerned?
It is a 12 volt conversion.
I am going to attempt to prime the oil pump this weekend. But my feelings are it might be quite gummed up.

I can post pictures if need be for extra solid advice. Let me know!

[Log in to Reply]   [No Email]

04-20-2017 19:31:06

Report to Moderator
 Re: How to deal with my 9n/8n tractor in reply to whoswhoo, 04-20-2017 18:16:04  
It did seem to mess things up a bit! :)

Email the pic to me or send me a link to it and I'll post it.

RoyseTractors at

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

04-20-2017 19:28:07

Report to Moderator
 Re: How to deal with my 9n/8n tractor in reply to whoswhoo, 04-20-2017 18:16:04  
Well at this time, I think I need approval to post photos. Because it doesn't appear to be working. And now Ive gone and mucked things up posting the dragging the photo into the comments. When I figure out how to get photo approval I will post soon.

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

04-20-2017 19:08:25

Report to Moderator
 Re: How to deal with my 9n/8n tractor in reply to whoswhoo, 04-20-2017 18:16:04  
Here is the beauty on all its glory

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]
Den N Ms

04-20-2017 19:02:35

Report to Moderator
 Re: How to deal with my 9n/8n tractor in reply to whoswhoo, 04-20-2017 18:16:04  
whoswhoo,Don't run it without any oil pressure or you will wipe out the main and rod bearings,if you haven't already.Remove the oil line from the gauge and prime it with motor oil, a good pump oil can or pump up garden sprayer hooked up with a hose to the line and pressurize the oil galleys.Then right away crank the engine over with ignition turned off and watch for oil coming out of the gauge line.This works so much easier and better than trying to prime at the relief valve,plus bets oil directly to the bearings first,then to the oil pump.You can also block off the filter feed line if needed,but I have never had to do that to get one to prime up.

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

04-20-2017 18:44:08

Report to Moderator
 Re: How to deal with my 9n/8n tractor in reply to whoswhoo, 04-20-2017 18:16:04  
9N/2N did not have a side mount distributor, but could be
changed over. It could also have a magneto.

If it has actually been changed, I would treat it as an 8N.

Do you have a picture of the distributor on the tractor?

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

04-20-2017 18:36:06

Report to Moderator
 Re: How to deal with my 9n/8n tractor in reply to whoswhoo, 04-20-2017 18:16:04  
I can tell you that it does have a side mount distributor.

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

04-20-2017 18:33:35

Report to Moderator
 Re: How to deal with my 9n/8n tractor in reply to whoswhoo, 04-20-2017 18:16:04  
If the engine has the front mount distributor, it is essentially

the same between 9N/2N and early 8N. No worries.

If you have a clutch pedal alone on the left of a 4 speed trans

and two brake pedals on the right, and 8N hubs, then treat the
trans, brakes and rear end parts as an 8N. Whether it's early
8N or late 8N, where axle seals where different will have to wait
until you have to get into those areas to do work on them.

Best of luck with it. They are great tractors, even the mutts! :)

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]
[Options]  [Printer Friendly]  [Posting Help]  [Return to Forum]   [Log in to Reply]

Hop to:

Fast Shipping!  Most of our stocked parts ship within 24 hours (M-Th). Expedited shipping available, just call! Most prices for parts and manuals are below our competitors. Compare our super low shipping rates! We have the parts you need to repair your tractor. We are a company you can trust and have generous return policies. Shop Online Today or call our friendly sales staff toll free (800) 853-2651. [ About Us ]

Home  |  Forums

Copyright © 1997-2018 Yesterday's Tractor Co.

All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Trade Marks and Trade Names contained and used in this Website are those of others, and are used in this Website in a descriptive sense to refer to the products of others. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

TRADEMARK DISCLAIMER: Tradenames and Trademarks referred to within Yesterday's Tractor Co. products and within the Yesterday's Tractor Co. websites are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Yesterday's Tractor Co., our products, or our website nor are we sponsored by them. John Deere and its logos are the registered trademarks of the John Deere Corporation. Agco, Agco Allis, White, Massey Ferguson and their logos are the registered trademarks of AGCO Corporation. Case, Case-IH, Farmall, International Harvester, New Holland and their logos are registered trademarks of CNH Global N.V.

Yesterday's Tractors - Antique Tractor Headquarters