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'39 Ford 9n running problem

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06-01-2003 13:58:28

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I have a '39 Ford 9n, and until recently it ran perfectly. I use it for grass cutting. I used it once this year, then we had a real wet spell, and the tractor was not used. I went to start it, and it died after a few moments, like there was no fuel. I removed the carb, stripped it, cleaned it and put it back. It ran for a short while, then died (less than one minute) I removed the carb again, and removed everything, cleaned everything, and put everything back. Again, it will not run. It starts easily enough, but just stops. Immediate attempts to restart meet failure, but leave it a while and it will start,for a brief moment, then stop..

I am at my whits end PLEASE, should anyone have any thoughts, let me know.

Failing that, does anyone know of a tractor repair facility that will touch a Ford 9n, in the western Tennessee area?


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06-05-2003 08:08:48

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 Re: '39 Ford 9n running problem in reply to Theo, 06-01-2003 13:58:28  
Had a similar problem with my 2N a couple of years ago. The 9N board had the solution. Sometimes crud in the tank will block the fuel flow out. Close the valve at the tank, and remove the line from the carb. Hold a jug under the fuel line and open the valve. If fuel runs and then stops, your inlet in the tank is more than likely plugged. Either remove it from the tank or use some reverse air pressure to clean out the line. You will eventualy need to clean out the tank though.

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Adam P

06-04-2003 20:02:20

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 Re: '39 Ford 9n running problem in reply to Theo, 06-01-2003 13:58:28  
Theo, just curious, have you tried the N series forum here???
If not I'd thought I' mention it. Just don't recall seeing you there

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Jim WI

06-02-2003 10:20:57

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 Re: '39 Ford 9n running problem in reply to Theo, 06-01-2003 13:58:28  
Sure sounds like a fuel problem (although it could still be something else). Try this -- disconnect the fuel line at the carb and direct it into a container. Open the fuel valve and watch the flow. It should be a healthy stream of gas. If it's slow or stops after a bit, your problem is a clogged screen in the valve / sediment bowl assembly.

If that isn't it, check for spark right away after the engine has died.

Post back and let us know what you find -- and you might try the N board for more advice.

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