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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Forum
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8N 3 point hitch question

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Ferrell Andrews

05-24-2013 12:24:55
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I'll just start out and say this is my first 8N but in my youth operated with my dad a Ford 3000 on a small tract of land. I just bought a newly restored 8N to use around my small 8 acre farm for gardening and mowing the fields. The tractor runs and operates well, the only thing that I'm having trouble with is hook up of the implements with the 3 point hitch. The lifting arms are not level and no amount of adjustment on the right side will make them level for easy hook up. The only thing I can figure is the left lift arm is too long. Is this possible or is there something I am missing? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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R Geiger

05-25-2013 08:58:13
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to kylemorley, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  
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Spinners on tractors can be dangerous. We tried trhem in the 60's and they did not stay on very long. good way to dislocate a thumb.



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Ferrell Andrews

05-25-2013 19:39:29
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to R Geiger, 05-25-2013 08:58:13  
I do not use the spinner when I am in forward gear, it's just not useable nor comfortable to use; however, when backing up it is very easy to use and make fine adjustments while moving up to hitch it up.



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gwstang

05-25-2013 09:13:53
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to R Geiger, 05-25-2013 08:58:13  
That is sort of what I was thinking. Without power steering, that thing could just take it (steering wheel) away from you real quick! With my luck, it would go spinning in one direction and I would go spinning off in another direction. Ouch! I have some bamboo on the front part of my property that the old neighbors father planted back about 1900 or so. I keep it beat back some by cutting right up against the older stuff, knocking down the new sprouts so to say. I was going around a big pine tree and there was an older stalk stick out some that I must have clipped last year. I like to turn in a tighter circle by hitting one of the brake pedals on the 8N. Well, I turned right into that dang thing in 3'd gear and it just about impaled me. Hurt like all get out. Still sore and have a nasty mark right below the ribs on the right side. I learned real quick to beware of older bamboo that is dried out, cut half way off and sticking outward. Wonder if that would have been a first for idiot tractor accidents.

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Ferrell Andrews

05-25-2013 19:41:58
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to gwstang, 05-25-2013 09:13:53  
I do not use the spinner when I am in forward gear, it's just not useable nor comfortable to use; however, when backing up it is very easy to use and make fine adjustments while moving up to hitch it up. Sorry to hear about your accident, and appeciate the advice that will keep me out of trouble.



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GEO/2/8NS/now 3

05-25-2013 07:01:35
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to Ferrell Andrews, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  
Could use that mod if you had A back blade and want to cut steeper angle



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chevytaHOE5674

05-25-2013 06:57:29
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to Ferrell Andrews, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  
JMOR I started typing trying to figure out a way to explain that and then figured a picture would be easier.



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GEO/2/8NS/now 3

05-25-2013 06:57:02
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to Ferrell Andrews, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  
Good eye ChevytaHoe



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chevytaHOE5674

05-25-2013 06:41:25
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to Ferrell Andrews, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  
Look at what I circled in the picture. Notice the one on the left is backwards. You will need to remove the pins and turn it around and reattach it so that it matches the right hand side link.



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Ferrell Andrews

05-27-2013 19:17:48
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to chevytaHOE5674, 05-25-2013 06:41:25  
That did the trick... 5 minutes and a pair of pliers and it was done and right. Thanks to all who responded and to Chevytahoe for the great picture editing.

Happy plowing



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Ferrell Andrews

05-25-2013 19:46:28
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to chevytaHOE5674, 05-25-2013 06:41:25  
Good Eye Chevytahoe, I studied that darn thing for the last couple of days and knew something was askew, but just could not figure it out. My only conclusion was that the person who fixed this one up used the wrong arm... glad it's a simple fix and that will be my first project tomorrow. Thanks for all those who responded.



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gwstang

05-25-2013 08:34:28
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to chevytaHOE5674, 05-25-2013 06:41:25  
Good catch! I noticed the spinner on the steering wheel, does this work very well without power steering? I've just noticed that most of the older tractors do not seem to have these. I have a '52 8N. Just curious. :?



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carlntexas

05-25-2013 07:49:52
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to chevytaHOE5674, 05-25-2013 06:41:25  
Good catch I was looking at the spring on the left arm and even notice that being backwards. What is that spring never seen that on an 8N?



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JMOR

05-25-2013 06:48:39
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to chevytaHOE5674, 05-25-2013 06:41:25  
That is one of those things that could have used a thousand words & dozens of postings & never hit the answer without a picture & an observant chevytahoe674.



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Ferrell Andrews

05-25-2013 06:22:17
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to Ferrell Andrews, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  

Here are some pics of the 3 point. The adjustment link on the drivers right is all the way up so there is no more adjustment up, plenty of downward adjustment which leads me to believe the link on the drivers left may be the wrong on and is too short. Can anyone tell me what the length of that link should be?

On another side note, the small lever on the right side under the drivers seat, I know it has to do with the pto and holding in a position ( I think) but what would be the proper use for this lever... I think down is for plowing etc right?

Like I said I am a novice with 8Ns, love antiques, love mechanical tinkering, have restored old cars and sure do enjoy working with a tractor from my grandpa's time.

Thanks again for all your info and help
F

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Bill Rowles

05-25-2013 05:52:02
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to Ferrell Andrews, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  
The lift arm is bent or someone put the wrong link on from lift arm to 3-point connect-arm or the leveler gear/screw devise on the right side connect-arm is not functioning thru the full range of travel.....check it out and compare to another tractor to decide, if necessary.



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Ferrell Andrews

05-24-2013 22:27:03
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to Ferrell Andrews, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  

Thanks for the responses, I may have used the wrong terminology or referenced the wrong part and I tried to post pics but being newly registered it would not allow them... maybe it will today and I'll take more pics when it gets light out.
Starting from the top of the lifting unit, the very stout arms are level, then there are links that connect to the bottom arms (the one connecting to the implement) The one on the right is adjustable and the one on the left is not. These I think are incorrect as the prevent the actual lift arms from being level with each other. This sounds confusing but maybe with pics it'll be easier to explain.
I'm going to try and post a pic of the tractor now and see if it works. More detailed pics in the morning.

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GEO/2/8NS/now 3

05-24-2013 15:05:12
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to Ferrell Andrews, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  
Hi Ferrel like others said should not be A issue,But I would suggest take some pictures as other stated also Take some measurements and post them also check the lift arms on the shaft to asure they are even through the pins,also some after market lift arms may be diff,anchor,pivots,lth etc ,Please post we are here to help George So Texas



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Jerry WI

05-24-2013 14:12:08
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to Ferrell Andrews, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  
I read that is a newly restored tractor, but was it restored correctly? I have never heard of lift arms being different lengths. Maybe a pervious owner had a reason to do this but all the N's I have see arms are always the same length. I have heard of the chains attached to the arms having links removed so that might be you issue. If one arm is three feet long and the other is two feet than something is wrong. That's my two cents.

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R Geiger

05-24-2013 12:31:41
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 Re: 8N 3 point hitch question in reply to mountainibis, 05-24-2013 12:24:55  
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It really should not be a problem, you never know. Can you post pictures of tractor arms and what you are trying to hook?



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