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1958 D-17 electrical Questions.

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07-02-2002 16:03:32

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I have a 1958 d-17 that i am in the process of restoring. I have a few questions about this tractor again.

1. Does the starter solenoid shell have to be grounded?
2. How do you polarize the voltage regulator and the generator?
3. What would be the reason for the tractor amp meter to read charging when at an idle but when runnig it will read discharging.

Has anyone ever made there own wire harness?

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Frank Light (from 8N and Ferguson pages)

07-11-2002 12:24:36

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 Re: 1958 D-17 electrical Questions. in reply to John, 07-02-2002 16:03:32  
I'm in the process of doing a wiring harness for a 9N that includes a 12 volt alternator upgrade and will try to get it put on this site under articles when finished. It won't fit your application perfectly but it will show how to do the job without major headaches! However, most of the guys think I'm a little nuts because Ford guys can get NEW harnesses for less than $20. We should all be so lucky!


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Craig MO

07-04-2002 05:09:33

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 Re: 1958 D-17 electrical Questions. in reply to John, 07-02-2002 16:03:32  
Answers to questions 1- no 2 - with every thing hooked up and before you start take jumper wire and touch posts BAT and GEN momentarly there should be a spark you are now polorized 3 - system not polorized or wires hooked up backwards on guage. The tractor will slightly discharge or not charge at all at an idle but will charge when reved up a little. I would go to Walmart or auto store and by a cheep multimeter for about $10. to put on battery to make sure its charging before changing wires.

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