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Amazing 8N

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08-11-2019 17:37:28

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I bought my 1952 8N twenty-four years ago from my wife's great-uncle. H bought it 27 years before that and had minor trouble with it.

When I got it I put it back to it's original 6V charging system and it's been a good tractor for me too.

Two days ago we were cleaning up the area around our small house we retired in 20 years back. We lived there seven years before we built a new home on the same 8 acres.

I'm posting this because I have not started the 8N in several months. It's lives under a carport and out of the rain and I keep a wood block on the clutch lever to keep it from freezing up. The tractor worked hard the first 10 years cleaning up the 8 acres but the last 14 years or so it's been used to pull a tree stump out to burn or bush hogging along the roadway when the county fails to show up.

Two days ago I went to start it just to push some fence back into place instead of using my 70 year old body weight.

It fired up on the first revolution and did everything ask of it.

Keep yours dry and a good battery in it for when you need it.

Not bad for a 67 year old tractor.

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tony in sd

08-12-2019 17:59:38

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 Re: Amazing 8N in reply to bishopNlouisiana, 08-11-2019 17:37:28  
My 1948 8N will start any time like yours. I have serious doubts that the new tractors will be alive in 70 years.

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Tim PloughNman Daley

08-12-2019 02:26:17

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 Re: Amazing 8N in reply to bishopNlouisiana, 08-11-2019 17:37:28  
Invest in a float charger like a Battery Tender for the battery, start it every 30 days or so and dress points once a year


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08-11-2019 20:23:11

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 Re: Amazing 8N in reply to bishopNlouisiana, 08-11-2019 17:37:28  
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There's TWO sides to that story, yes, a tough old American-built machine, but, on the other hand, an old machine is only as good as it's caretaker.
Your 8N is a lucky machine.

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John in Mich

08-11-2019 18:21:57

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 Re: Amazing 8N in reply to bishopNlouisiana, 08-11-2019 17:37:28  
You obviously have maintained the tractor very well. It is funny how that works. Yup, remarkable machines.

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08-11-2019 18:14:53

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 Re: Amazing 8N in reply to bishopNlouisiana, 08-11-2019 17:37:28  
Great story! They are remarkable old machines.
A true testament to the engineers and the proud builders of the time.

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