Your story brought back a memory of me at about age 15 on the 8N going up a hill similar to the one you came down. I had finished preparing a yard for grass seed and needed to get the disc and rear blade home...about 3 miles. I wanted to do it in one trip so I loaded the blade on the disc and unfortunately the old 8N lifted the combined load...but the front wheels were barely on the ground. I was aware the tractor would usually climb the hill in fourth gear, so being in a hurry I started uphill in fourth at wide-open throttle. 2/3rds up the hill, engine speed was dropping at a rate indicating we were not going to make it....decision....speed-shift to third gear and pray I don't miss the shift. It worked ...but the front wheels came up and stayed up and the rear gang of disc blades was grinding on the asphalt road....stopping was not an option so on-up we went noisily wide-open in third gear and steering with the brakes....never told mom or dad about that adventure but I will never forget the lessons learned. I wonder how many teenage kids have not been so lucky as we were to survive poor decisions.
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