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Re: 12 volt conversion of '51 8n

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08-14-2013 18:30:59

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If you pay attention you will see all problems that 12 volters have on the forum.I have a set of points that have been in the tractor for 27 YEARS.My tractor is still 6 volts.I usually park the tractor in jan /feb because of deep snow here.It starts when I cant.

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08-14-2013 20:16:02

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 Re: 12 volt conversion of '51 8n in reply to 36 coupe, 08-14-2013 18:30:59  
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This is very true. Some folks use their machines daily and for hours on. Some of us use our machines maybe once a week for a few hours if that. Points on the latter will last much much longer as they do not go bad just sitting there provided ignition key is OFF while not running and all other components and wiring are clean and tight. Think about it, those points could have been on your dealers shelf for years before you came along. Might as well have sat in my tractors frontend. They wont wear if not used.

Just remember preventative maintenance for a few moments here and there is practically no cost versus a break down which leads to high costs, loss time and areas needing fixing that you have no knowledge of and not comfortable tackling.

I kike to tear into a system when I know that it is working as it should. Take measurements, voltage, resistance, size depth, width, height, color, placement what have you. Make notes of your findings and shove them into your service manual. That info will become much more valuable than the actual manual when you're in a pinch. :P

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08-15-2013 05:54:26

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 Re: 12 volt conversion of '51 8n in reply to greywolf224, 08-14-2013 20:16:02  
Theres no metal transfer on the points but they are well worn an due for a change.My tractor dosent get used a much as it used to but I run it 2 or 3 times a week.Once the weather cools It will be working in the woods every day unless it rains.I do not neglect the tractor but take care of what it needs.Many of the problems with tractors are self inflicted by owners.If I go out today and the engine dosent start I will see that the ammeter sits on zero while cranking.There are two ways to fix it.First way, go to the store and buy new points,new condenser,new spark plugs, new wires, new coil,new ignition switch,new battery, new starter solenoid,new start switch,almost forgot Ill need a new rotor, new distributor cap and new voltage regulator.Change all these parts and hope it starts.Second way, go straight to the distributor and clean the points with a diamond paddle file.Tractor starts and I haul the load of brush to the burn pile. It was raining all week and I know my engine always shuts down with the points open.You can see this on the ammeter.No way to leave the key on on my 640.You can see a key left on by looking at the ammeter before you get off the seat.I expect the wet weather grew some fuzz on the points and insulated them.This reminds me of the fellow who saw a hole in his points and thought they were bad.

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