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Re: At what point do I decide to do a total rebuild?

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I bought my first N in 1977 I had no idea what I was buying. It had set may years at least since late 50s I was told. Rubber rotting off, rims were sunk into the dirt and real bad rust on 2 of them. Radiator fins plugged full with alfalfa stems and leaves. It is crank start it has a mag. We pulled on the crank, engine was free. Undid sed bowl an ran some gas through the tank to flush it, buttoned it up drug it into a heated shop all night. Put new gas in it (had old oil in it) 3 cranks she took off. Now all I can say is I was so lucky it would defy all odds and all I can say is it was a divine intervention. If I would find one today in the shape I found it in I would completely dismantle it cause I used all my good luck up in 77. I bet you may be surprised if they didn't run it out of oil or ruin it in some way you may have a good deal. Take the plugs out and turn it by hand and see if it will roll. It can have mice nest or mud dobbers in the valves and cyls if the air cleaner and or carb gave them an opening. It still has the original hose clamps and hose and wiring that shows aint rotted. I bet youll be fine. That N I told you about at first I used to plow,hog, till, disc, blade, and post hole dig with is my winter project and I am completely refurbishing it to be put on loan to the museum. Engine, tranny and hyl have never been touched. I did have to put a water pump on it once. I hope you are as lucky. Have fun

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