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Overhaul engine/clutch

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Kim Jungck

04-03-2002 10:22:32

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I am new to Ford 8N tractors and just recieved one from my Grandfather. It ran for a while and then quit. Now it seems to be locked up and won't start. I do not have the time at this point to work on the tractor myself, and was wondering if someone could give me a close idea of what it would cost to have a mechanic overhaul the engine, clutch and possibly the hydraulic system.
Thanks, Kim

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Bob in NY

04-03-2002 17:04:37

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 Re: Overhaul engine/clutch in reply to Kim Jungck, 04-03-2002 10:22:32  

Personally, I'd find some time to troubleshoot it a little bit first. Your approach is kinda like trading in the car because the ashtray is filled. These are old machines, and not rocket science. PLENTY of help available right here, and you could save lots of time and trouble later on when something goes amiss, by fixing it yourself. Could be something as simple as crud clogging the fuel filters (there are three) and starving the engine. Or corroded terminals on the electrics. Unless it went KLUNK! and stopped, you might have a very simple, and cheap, problem to fix. ASK AWAY! Bob in NY

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Fred H. MN

04-03-2002 13:19:22

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 Re: Overhaul engine/clutch in reply to Kim Jungck, 04-03-2002 10:22:32  
Be sure you need an engine overhaul first. You can probably repair it without an overhaul!

I had a complete engine rebuild done on my 8n three years ago. I farmed out all the engine work. It ran upwards near $1600 which is OK by me for a like new engine. Than you can add another $500 for all the other piddley things that should be done while the engine is out. (example - new clutch and plate)
Be certain that an overhaul is needed. Good luck

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04-03-2002 12:33:04

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 Re: Overhaul engine/clutch in reply to Kim Jungck, 04-03-2002 10:22:32  
Your words "Locked Up" I think may hold your key to the issue. Could your starter be at fault? Could the fuel have been left on and fed into the cylinders, causing them to fill with gas and won't allow the engine to turn over? You can take the shotgun approach with this and have everything rebuilt all at once, but you will spend lots of money doing it when your problem may be as simple as pulling the plugs out and letting the fuel evaporate.

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Evil Steve

04-03-2002 12:27:46

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 Re: Overhaul engine/clutch in reply to Kim Jungck, 04-03-2002 10:22:32  
While I wouldn't have anyone touch my 8N for an overhaul but me, I have asked a couple of experienced (on these tractors) tractor shops around here about how much time they would require. 2 of 3 said it would take around 12 hours of time provided there were no "major unforseens" (gotta love that catch-all) and further provided they could send the head/crank etc. out to a machinist (at your cost) for milling, etc. Forget asking them to actually mic something themselves.

You pay for all parts of course - at their marked-up prices. So, 12 hours @ local mechanic's rates plus the above is your answer in San Antonio.

Oh, and you don't want to know what the 3rd place said.

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Greg (NV)

04-03-2002 10:46:31

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 Re: Overhaul engine/clutch in reply to Kim Jungck, 04-03-2002 10:22:32  
Hi Kim and welcome to "N" ownership.

I'm currently in the process of entirely restoring my 52 8N. While this is my first tractor, I've learned a great deal from just diving-in and learning as I go. Of course having a mechanical mind and the wisdom of so many "N" owners on this board helps a great deal. One of the things I've learned is that it would almost be impossible to quote a price for these repairs as you just never know what you're going to find once you get started. Some of the immediate things you can check are the obvious, are you getting fuel to the carb - spark to the plugs - etc. I'm sure someone else will provide more details. Where are you located?


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