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Propane Conversion

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Daniel T. Maxey

03-20-2002 17:52:43

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What do I need to convert a Ford 8N to propane, and where can I get it?

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03-22-2002 14:49:08

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 Re: Propane Conversion in reply to Daniel T. Maxey, 03-20-2002 17:52:43  
You will probably need hardened exhaust valves and seats, too.

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A Reality Check

03-21-2002 16:33:40

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 Re: Propane Conversion in reply to Daniel T. Maxey, 03-20-2002 17:52:43  
You can find them below! All joking aside, you would likely lower the performance and resale value of your tractor by the conversion even if the parts were given to you for free. There were some nice conversions for the Jubilee through early 4000 (up to 1964) models. I have seen a few of the old 700 and 900 series (tricycle front end) that had a vertical tank mounted in front of the radiator. These were shade tree conversions and not the ones sold by Ford dealers. This would not work too well for an 8N. Unless you have a large LP tank at your home or shop it will be a hassle to refuel. Runing out in the middle of a field is a lot of fun without a nurse tank. We don't mean to insult you so could you tell us if there is some logical reason you wish to do this or is it just a whim? We will maintiain open minds to try and understand your quest.

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Daniel T. Maxey

03-21-2002 17:22:26

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 Re: Re: Propane Conversion in reply to A Reality Check, 03-21-2002 16:33:40  
Well the convience is that I work for a propane company. I get my propane around 50 to 60 cents a gasllon. I also can rent a 150, 250, 500, or 1000 gallon tank for $2 a year that I can fill while at home on my lunch break.

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03-22-2002 05:27:30

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 Re: Re: Re: Propane Conversion in reply to Daniel T. Maxey, 03-21-2002 17:22:26  
In that case, I'd suggest watching on e-bay. At least once a month I see a guy selling a new forklift conversion kit witha 1-1/4" carburetor for about $100. This one would fit the bill pretty closely to perfect for you.

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03-21-2002 18:42:08

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 Re: Re: Re: Propane Conversion in reply to Daniel T. Maxey, 03-21-2002 17:22:26  
It seems you have a valid reason. It would require several hours of use to pay for the time and inconvienance of converting. What would you estimate your yearly use to be? The tanks on the professional conversions I mentioned earlier sat where the original fuel tanks were. The hoods had to be modified. I do not think this would be practical for the 8N. You could mount a small tank like used on many small forklifts on a mount in place of a front bumper. This would give you the most visibility. Your best advice might come from a forklift service technician since many still operate on LP. I have seen some units 30 or more years old that have been refitted to use LP for inside use. This is making more sense all the time. I would not make any changes that could not be undone. You may be able to buy used equipment off a junk forklift for most of the conversion. Best of Luck!

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03-20-2002 20:04:59

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 Re: Propane Conversion in reply to Daniel T. Maxey, 03-20-2002 17:52:43  
Daniel, If you have to buy new you might want to re-think this project. Tank, regulater, converter,lockout, carb, hoses, (high & low pressure). There might not be enough life left in an 8N for pay back. Also, have to find a SAFE place to mount tank. Most LP dealers will have parts on hand or can order for you, or ck salvage yards. Most parts can be switched beteen cars, trucks, and tractors. Feel free to email if I can be any more help MD

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03-20-2002 19:55:17

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 Re: Propane Conversion in reply to Daniel T. Maxey, 03-20-2002 17:52:43  
Daniel; I can't think of one good reason why you would want to.. You will never get your money back from this investment. Propane cost as much or more than gas in this area, unless you buy in large volumes.

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