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02-04-2014 16:57:57




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I just picked up a 1949 8N for use on our 13 acre cabin property. Here are the basics: Price, $1200 (after several days of negotiations, and the fact it didn"t start when I looked at it the second time.

Issues:

Cracking in tires, battery was hooked up 6v neg. ground, one generator wire attached by one strand. The owner bought it last spring from a farmer but ended up buying a newer ($14000) "compact" tractors with a bucket. After repairing the connector, putting a charge on the battery and reversing the polarity, the ol" gal started right up in the low teens, covered in ice.

Questions:

I put 13.8 gallons into the tank for the first fill. I could have "packed it" to nearly 15 gallons. Can oversize tanks be installed on these? It looks OEM, but sure holds a lot of fuel.

When I tried to repolarize the generator, nothing happened. No spark on the release of the jumper. I"ve done repolarized generators on old Porsche 356"s back in the day, but have forgotten more than I care to admit. The ammeter "sometimes" show a charge, but then goes to discharge.

The hand throttle does not say put...it likes to drop to near idle. What is the fix?
One rear tires were holding, but only had 4 & 6# of air. I put 12# of air in both rears. The next morning, one was flat. Would this likely be a tube? The tires are not great (good tread, lots of cracks). Thoughts? Since it will sit for a few weeks, I blocked up the side that is leaking.

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pconnie..ks.

02-05-2014 08:44:31




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-04-2014 16:57:57  
I am always careful airing tires in cold weather..dirt and moisture can get in air lines,stick in schrade valve. I release a little air after airing up..hth ..phil



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Jerrybigrig

02-05-2014 07:01:35




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-04-2014 16:57:57  
Does the gas tank have 2 caps??? Didn't some tractors start on gas then you could switch it over to kerosene ?? Just wondering out loud .



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356

02-05-2014 07:05:11




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to Jerrybigrig, 02-05-2014 07:01:35  
Just one cap. It looks like the tank in other 9/2/8N's I looked at, it just holds a lot more fuel!!



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Indiana Ken

02-05-2014 06:45:36




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-04-2014 16:57:57  
A 8N was the first tractor I drove - it was all we had to farm 40 acres. As a kid I put oil on the throttle lever once to stop the squeaking - bad idea. Before you do anything else you might make sure the previous owner did not grease it up.



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HCooke

02-05-2014 06:43:02




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-04-2014 16:57:57  
356, Welcome. I owned a couple of old Porsches back in the day also. Lots of fun.

That's a very good looking tractor!

"The tires are not great (good tread, lots of cracks)"

Weather cracks are OK if the tires will hold air. Remember you are not going to be driving that tractors as fast as your Porsches.



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ASEguy

02-05-2014 04:55:23




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-04-2014 16:57:57  
Looks like a decent tractor for that price. Welcome.



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dave cannon

02-04-2014 22:39:26




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-04-2014 16:57:57  
good looking old girl tin looks real good



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Ed Douglas

02-04-2014 17:47:57




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-04-2014 16:57:57  
Welcome aboard 356...I will give you 1250 for it!
I am a bit lost as well on your tank capacity....As has been said...OEM specs.....9 gal.....with a one gal reserve....One piece of unsolicited advise...always use dry gas in the cold weather....like a religion...enjoy my friend!



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Bruce (VA)

02-04-2014 17:26:51




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-04-2014 16:57:57  
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Congrats! Tractor looks good & runs; that's a great price.

Check out tip # 39; first thing you will need is a set of manuals.

Re the gas tank....never heard of that. I've never seen one hold more than 10 g.

Re the generator, check out the flow chart to see if you have a bad generator or v/r. and check out tip # 42. It could just be bad wiring.

The throttle is slipping because the plate and/or ball is worn out. An easy & cheap fix; see the article.

Re the tire, rotate it so that the valve is on top, then unscrew the needle & check it out. Maybe if your good luck continues, that's the problem.

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Ed Douglas

02-04-2014 17:51:43




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to Bruce (VA), 02-04-2014 17:26:51  
By the way Bruce.....thanks for the stuff you post on behalf of the group!.....I saved that one on the throttle quadrant repair...for someday.....if I ever need it.....



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Bruce (VA)

02-04-2014 18:26:58




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to Ed Douglas, 02-04-2014 17:51:43  
You're welcome Ed. Glad to help.



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TOM N MS

02-04-2014 17:06:16




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-04-2014 16:57:57  
As an old boss(who knew proper English) use to say all the time--"You Done Good"



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356

02-05-2014 04:59:37




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to TOM N MS, 02-04-2014 17:06:16  
Thanks for some very helpful responces and a warm welcome to the forum. The gas capacity is interesting. I kept the receipt to ensure I was not imagining things. I"ll post the results of the repairs the next time I"m down to the property to work on the tractor. Again, thank you.

PS...the manuals will be on order.



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Bruce (VA)

02-05-2014 06:51:28




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-05-2014 04:59:37  
" next time I"m down to the property to work on the tractor."

And take a pic of that gas tank too!



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soundguy

02-05-2014 05:34:19




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to 356, 02-05-2014 04:59:37  
put a drop of water or dish soap on the calve stem / core. if it bubbles, as bruce said. you might get away with a new core.



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356

02-05-2014 06:49:24




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 Re: New 8N owner and questions in reply to soundguy, 02-05-2014 05:34:19  
Good idea. In hindsight, it held before I aired it up to spec, so I should have checked the valve first.



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