Posted by werksguy on January 04, 2013 at 02:35:37 from (184.108.40.206):
When I was shopping for my 8n this past summer, i called and called about a "Ford Tractor, $1550 obo" that I saw on Craigslist, but could never get together with the seller, who was "real busy" every time I actually got him to answer the phone...
I never even got to see it.
Besides, it turned out that it didn't run,and he wasn't sure what year and model it was, or what was wrong with it anyways....
Then, suddenly, the add just disappeared, (like they do...), which was fine with me, because by then I had moved on to what I felt was a much better tractor anyway, complete with a blade, scoop, chains, plow, and chains, for less money.
And it even actually RAN.
Well, a week or so ago, the add was back, and this time it included "doesn't run, for parts, make offer".
Well, I'm just naturally kinda nosey, had a little time to kill that Saturday afternoon, and am also a parts hoarder, so I called the guy, who for a change wasn't busy, and wound up driving about 10 miles to have a look.
Besides, I had delivered a sign that morning and the trailer was still hooked to the back of the pickup....
THIS is what I found.....
It's a 40 9n, the engine spun over right then and there with the 6v starter, lights worked, tires as good as my own tractor, and the tin is actually much nicer than my 8n. The grill was leaning against the front tire.
There was nice green anti freeze in the radiator, none in the oil, and the steering nice and snug, box, tie rods and all.
The tractor just " up and quit" one day early last spring, and his buddy who is "pretty good with cars and stuff' couldn't figure out what was wrong with it, so he left it sit by the tree where it died and went out and
bought himself a bright shiny 4WD 3 cylinder diesel "appliance" to replace it... and there it sat all summer and fall.
When it came down to dealing for $$$$, the gentleman sternly said what he was told he could get for it for "scrap metal" price, and swore he wouldn't take a PENNY LESS!!!!!!
I wrote the man a check, and he helped load it on my trailer with his new "appliance".
I shook his hand and he was smiling as he said how happy his wife was going to be to have that "junk" gone, and he waved as I drove away.
I got it home and pulled the plugs just to make sure all the holes had compression... Good to go.
Over the weekend I'm gonna take it in the shop and figure out if it's an ignition issue or fuel one, and try to get it fired up.
I just hope I didn't waste the $400 I paid for it.
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