As a newbie, before you put a wrench in your hand, get copies of THE ESSENTIAL MANUALS and read religiously; they are the best investment you can make for your tractor. If nothing else, get a copy of the OEM Operator's Manual for the correct year you have -front or side mount a big diff; the CLYMER/ I&T FO-4 Manual; and a copy of the '39-'53 MPC. Don't know what "bowl to catch that crap" you are referring to. A 6V battery(it's most likely dead if it has been setting for months)doesn't mean it is wired correctly for a 6V/POS GRN system. Do you have 3-Wire Generator? A Voltage Regulator? A 3-Wire Starter Motor with a SOLENOID? The OEM Ballast Resistor? So much to learn before you even think about starting it.
FORD N-TRACTOR FRONT MOUNT DISTRIBUTOR:
HOW TO SET TIMING:
RESULTS WHEN UNIT IS MOUNTED 180° OFF:
FORD 8N TRACTOR WIRING DIAGRAMS:
FORD 8N-SERIES TRACTOR OEM 6V/POS GRN WIRING PICTOGRAM:
BATTERY TENDER JR (6V) BY DELTRAN:
FORD 8N TRACTOR -48/50 GENERATOR BELT TENSION ARM 8N-10145:
*Used only on early 8N generator with the front mount distributor.
FORD TRACTOR FRONT MOUNT DISTRIBUTOR FIRING ORDER; 1,2,4,3 CCW:
Breaker Points/Front Mount = .015"/Side Mount = .025" - Spark Plugs H12 (or 437) 14mm .025"-.028"; Firing Order: 1, 2, 4, 3 CCW.
FORD 8N TRACTOR ESSENTIAL OWNER/OPERATOR/PARTS/SERVICE MANUALS: