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Re: 801 overheats

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I believe I've found the problem re: overheating. At first glance the radiator looked good.But when looking through the cooling fins I couldn't see all the way through them. Turned out that while the front & back faces of the radiator didn't have much debris in the fins, the inside did. The radiator has 3 sets of fins & there was a lot of weed seeds caught in there.
I say that I believe that is the problem because We didn't start the engine. When putting the distributor back together we noticed that the dust cover for the points wouldn't seat in the new distributor cap I bought from Yesterday's Tractors. We sanded the edge of the dust cover down so that it would fit in the new dist. cap.
Then I noticed that it wouldn't seat properly in the dist. itself. He said it always came off & went on easy so it must have been like since before he bought the thing. He bought a new one from NAPA & it was no better. I figured it just needed a little bit of persuasion & gave it a couple taps to seat it. The dust cover broke, frail thing that it is. Then we tried the old one, a couple light taps & it snapped into place. Not really, it broke on the back side.
We decided to go with Ford parts, so now I'm trying to find a Ford tractor dealer to get official Ford parts. Which I'm not sure are available. We also bought from YT the clip that goes on the dist. shaft where the rotor seats (wtf is that part about?), but when we removed it after it's first installation it was spread & was too loose so I pinched it tighter & the thing snapped. Apparently the Chinese manufacturer didn't heat treated into spring steel. We wound up using the old clip, but we'd like to get a new one. Also, the new rotor bug from YT wouldn't seat right either, but he was able to get one from NAPA that was made in the USA & it fit perfectly. Needless to say we're not too happy with the quality of parts YT sells.

Has anyone else had trouble with the points dust cover not seating in the dist.?
Does anyone know where I can buy official Ford tractor parts? I've found some Ford tractor dealers that sell genuine New Holland parts, but the parts for older tractors don't appear to be official Ford parts.

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