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850 ford runs now

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03-18-2020 18:30:48

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Thanks for all the ideas and help. I went to Napa and picked up new points, condenser and rotor. The points I took out were pretty new but looked burnt. The distributor shaft did not have a metal spring for the knot or so I faked one. After that I tried starting it and it started right up, just had to adjust the carburetor jets. The parts I replaced came from tractor supply last week. I think they were of inferior quality.

Now I need to find a 6 volt generator to replace the 12 volt alternator someone has scaled on it.
If any one has a generator for sale, let me know.
Dick in Oregon

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03-22-2020 09:59:01

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 Re: 850 ford runs now in reply to Dacaseguy, 03-18-2020 18:30:48  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeThis is a link to one of several companies that do exactly that.


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03-19-2020 11:00:58

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 Re: 850 ford runs now in reply to Dacaseguy, 03-18-2020 18:30:48  
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Just out of curiosity, has anybody built an alternator into a generator body so that you can keep that original look?


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03-22-2020 08:05:44

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 Re: 850 ford runs now in reply to Off Road SHO, 03-19-2020 11:00:58  
Have had it done by a local electrical shop.. It will take two field coils and a 12 volt regulator. You can buy two alternators for the cost.

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Sean in PA

03-18-2020 18:54:36

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 Re: 850 ford runs now in reply to Dacaseguy, 03-18-2020 18:30:48  
They sell the 6 volt generator here ion Yesterday's Tractors, but it doesn't include the pulley:


You'll also need a 6 volt voltage regulator to go with it unless the original one is still on the tractor:


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03-18-2020 19:02:15

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 Re: 850 ford runs now in reply to Sean in PA, 03-18-2020 18:54:36  
I think the original regulator is still there. I want to find a used generator. I donít want to buy a new one, pretty speedy.
Someone threw a 12 volt alternator on it and they ran the wire from alternator to the solenoid which I think was wrong, the alternator ie held to the belt tightening bracket with baling wire. All the wires for the alternator are still there.

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Husker 50 8n

03-19-2020 09:13:12

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 Re: 850 ford runs now in reply to Dacaseguy, 03-18-2020 19:02:15  
I have a working 6 volt generator and voltage regulator I just took off of a 1957 Ford 600. Just purchased the tractor with no battery. Borrowed the battery from my 8n to get the 600 running (was setting for several years in previous owners shop, he had passed away). I have my reasons for wanting 12 volt so once it was running I purchased a battery and install the alternator and new wiring. Generator showed it was charging on the amp meter. Yes the pulley is included.

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Tim PloughNman Daley

03-19-2020 02:11:59

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 Re: 850 ford runs now in reply to Dacaseguy, 03-18-2020 19:02:15  
If you had a 12V switch over job done, you would remove the generator and replace with an alternator and also remove the VR altogether. If it was still in the circuit, then it was wired wrong. Many 12V switch over jobs are done incorrectly as some guys don't know what they are doing.


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