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Re: How convert 8n to keyswitch start only

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10-23-2012 07:04:04

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Every new car and truck sold in the US has a clutch safety switch......every one! If the clutch sticks FIX IT! Clutchs on both of my 8N's work as they should so a clutch safety would work fine.

Did you note that I did say that I like the safety interlock on the tranny? Both of mine work as they did from the factory. I have no plans on changing that. I just said it could be done.


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10-23-2012 07:25:39

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 Re: How convert 8n to keyswitch start only in reply to oldtanker, 10-23-2012 07:04:04  
if you walk out to your tractor and set down on it to start it.. you have NO idea if it has had it's clutch setup over the weekend or not.

I've seen it happen.

a clutch safety is not as safe as the trans being in neutral.. no question about it.

if you KNOW it's stuck.. sure you can fix it.. but if you don't know?

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10-23-2012 09:03:15

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 Re: How convert 8n to keyswitch start only in reply to soundguy, 10-23-2012 07:25:39  
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Well seeing as I've never had that happen, and I always put the tractor in N before hitting the starter anyway. But because I don't know the condition of others peoples stuff I would be the last person to tell you how to convert something over like. I really think Ford had the right idea with putting safeties on the Ns. Again thats why I didn't say how to do it but only that it could be done. I never try starting a tractor unless I'm setting on the seat.


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10-23-2012 10:32:28

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 Re: How convert 8n to keyswitch start only in reply to oldtanker, 10-23-2012 09:03:15  
I always press the clutch to start as well, because it's less drag.. however.. you give someone a no safety, key to start system.. and somewhere, somebody is gonna get rund over ;)

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10-24-2012 20:37:14

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 Re: How convert 8n to keyswitch start only in reply to soundguy, 10-23-2012 10:32:28  
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LOL almost no tractors prior to the 60's had any type of stater safety system. In fact almost all of the folks that I've read about getting run over by a tractor was dumb stuff like getting on and off while the tractor was moving or jumping from a tractor that lost brakes or seemed about to roll. I've heard about one guy who got run over while starting a tractor while standing in front of the rear tire and hitting the starter.


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10-25-2012 05:33:33

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 Re: How convert 8n to keyswitch start only in reply to oldtanker, 10-24-2012 20:37:14  
i remember mowing on my IH cub ( 66 model, 12v ) one day. I ran out of gas and she rolled to a stop.. i turned her off, and walked.. got gas.. fueld her, got back on, and without thinkin gmuch turned her on and hit the starter. had left her in gear and pto engaged.. normally she takes 3-4 revs and some choke to start. this time started on half a rev and no choke and i was 'mowing' before i knew it. glad I wasn't at the end of a row or up against a fence.

The safety start ont he ford spoiled me!

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