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8N Robby

04-16-2002 05:24:49

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I was hoping somebody could tell me which is the correct side of the dash to mount the light switch. I'm restoring an 8N and I removed the dash plate to blast and repaint. Upon removing the dash I noticed that there was a bolt through the right side of the dash in line directly across from the left side where my light switch was mounted. I removed the bolt to find a hole that looks as if it was there from the factory and possibly for some sort of switch. When I removed the light swith from the left side it looks as if this is not a factory hole, it's all wobbled out. Could somebody possibly have moved the factory switch to the left side? If not, what is the hole on the right side of the dash for? Thanks for your help.

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Dell (WA)

04-16-2002 08:13:31

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 Re: light switch in reply to 8N Robby, 04-16-2002 05:24:49  
Robby..... ...Would you believe that this 2 day old post should addequately answer all your questions.

However, since all N's headlights were dealer installed kits from 8 different suppliers, I wouldn't think that there is an "official" headlight switch installation. Sometimes, shadetree mechanics don't have the correct larger size drill so they use a rattail file and thats the way it is..... .....Dell

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04-16-2002 07:36:09

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 Re: light switch in reply to 8N Robby, 04-16-2002 05:24:49  
My 48 has the keyswitch in a bracket under the dash on the left side and the headlight switch in a bracket under the right side. However when I got it the tranny starter switch had been disabled and replaced with a push button mounted in a hole drilled in the dash above the dimple on the right side. Also have the later model steering and dash. Who knows what was correct ????

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04-16-2002 06:20:59

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 Re: light switch in reply to 8N Robby, 04-16-2002 05:24:49  
My 47 8N has always had the light switch mounted on the right side under the dash. My 641 has the light switch mounted in the hood panel low on the right.

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04-16-2002 05:45:25

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 Re: light switch in reply to 8N Robby, 04-16-2002 05:24:49  
Call DonB. The earlier 8N had a bracket below the dash on the left side. The later ones had the switch mounted on the left side, ususally in the dimple punched there, that had to be drilled out for the switch. Never seen one on the right. The only hole on the right is the choke rod hole.

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don b

04-16-2002 16:37:43

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 Re: Re: light switch in reply to bg, 04-16-2002 05:45:25  
It depends on the year model 8n.Actually there were three places the light swx. was installed.Early 8ns had the swx. mounted thru a little bracket that was mounted to two of the screws that held the voltage reg. in place.[on the RIGHT side]It was then moved to the left TOP of the dash.When they went to side mount distributor,all wiring on the tractor was changed and the headlight swx. was moved down to the LOWER left panel on the dash.IMHO don

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