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How to open the 8N hood

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Steve Stewart

09-14-2009 06:27:07

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I haven't received a operators manual at this time. How do I open the hood to access the engine, spark plugs, ect. I've removed the (4) dash bolts but cannot raise the hood. Shouldn't it pivot on the bolts located below and to the side of the grill? What is the procedure to get to the engine?
Also is there a 12 V conversion diagram available for an 8N serial number, 8N2405?0,?

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GA Dave

09-14-2009 18:45:38

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 Re: How to open the 8N hood in reply to Steve Stewart, 09-14-2009 06:27:07  
One of these should cover it. David................

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09-14-2009 18:26:06

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 Re: How to open the 8N hood in reply to Steve Stewart, 09-14-2009 06:27:07  
If you have a "block and tackle" like the photo here...

You can place rope in front and rear of the hood and hoist it up.

I have a block and tackle in my garage bolted to a beam in the garage attic, so I can lift as much as least 800 pounds. I move the tractor under the hoist and remove the hood, leaving the hood hanging above the tractor. I move the tractor back some six feet and lower the hood. A one man operator.

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09-14-2009 07:33:05

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 Re: How to open the 8N hood in reply to Steve Stewart, 09-14-2009 06:27:07  
if it pivoted.. it would shear off the radiator cap and neck.. you are thinking of a fergy with tilt hood.

pull all 6 bolts and lift hood and tank off after disconnectiong fuel line.

note.. you don't have to remove hood to do sparkplugs or points!


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Bruce (VA)

09-14-2009 06:49:47

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 Re: How to open the 8N hood in reply to Steve Stewart, 09-14-2009 06:27:07  
When you ask a question here, itís usually a good idea to tell us:

1. The model of your tractor (2N, 9N, 8N, NAA, etc).

2. If it is 6v or 12v.

3. If itís an N, if the distributor is on the front or side of the engine.

4. If it has any major parts that are not OEM, such as electronic ignition, a side coil on a front distributor, etc.

Troubleshooting is different depending on the model of the tractor, voltage, ignition system & distributor placement.

And, even if you told us that last week, remember that youíre dealing w/ a bunch of guys w/ CRS.

Why do you want to remove the hood? It doesn't flip over like a Ferguson. Everything you need to get to for a tune up is accessable w/o removing the hood. If it has a front distributor, you remove that from the tractor to replace the points/condenser, etc.

But, if you still want to remove the hood........

After you get the 4 bolts off of the dash, remove the wire going to the head lights. Then, w/ the gas off, unscrew the fuel line at the carb. If the tank is full, you should drain the gas out. Then, get a couple of saw horses to put the hood on when you get it off. Remove the two bolts at the bottom of the dog legs. The grill is held in place by to hinges at the top & the dog legs at the bottom. After the dog leg bolts are out, the grill will fall out.....usually on your foot. Pull the hood forward about an inch, then up to clear the radiator neck. It should be easy after that. A helper makes it much easier.

Do a search in the archives for a 12v wiring diagram. Are you looking for a diagram to convert it to 12v? If so, why are you considering that? A 12v conversion isn't going to make a poorly running tractor run better. From my experience, I've only found two reasons to convert an N to 12v: If you need to run 12v equipment (sprayers, pumps, lights, etc) or your N has poor compression (like less than 90 lbs) and you do not want to rebuild it, then a 12v conversion makes sense. Before you do that, answer this question: "If tens of thousands of N's run just fine on 6v, why does mine need to be 12v?"

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09-14-2009 06:47:05

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 Re: How to open the 8N hood in reply to Steve Stewart, 09-14-2009 06:27:07  
The 8N hood does not rotate. It must be removed. Remove the bolts on the dog legs (below radiator), disconnect gas line from carburetor or shut off valve under tank, remove radiator cap and get someone to help you lift it off. You may need to disconnect any wiring attached to the hood and I always disconnect and remove the battery. It's a little more work then popping the hood on a car.

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