The 8N restoration
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which was at 16405 since June of 1997 when I moved it here November 15th 1999
This is the photographic record of the restoration of my 1948 8N Ford. The photo series starts with the tractor on the transporter, having just arrived at my home from the Family Farm the Sunday prior to Labor Day 1996 and ends with Dad, Two of his grandsons and my brother on the day I delivered the finished tractor to Dad the first week of November 1996
This is how the tractor looked prior to coming off the transporter. Note the tan wire on the work lamp. This turned out to be #14 solid core house wire. Needless to say, the lights did not work.
In this next shot some of the other problems which had to be corrected become apparent. A close look reveals that the battery tray is shot, and the starter solinoid is not attached to anything except wires.
These problems are more closely looked at in this shot along with a clear view of the bunge being used to hold the batter in place. A close look will show close to 50 years of grease, oil and dirt accumulations around the steering gear.
Since the next several images are just a study in the conditon of the tractor when it arrived at my rebuild shop, I will pass on express comentary. Many of the images have been enhanced to show the dark area details so the old grey may well look just a little bit washed out.
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Note the conditon of the wires on the solinoid in this shot. The next shot is an enhanced closeup of the solinoid and the feed wire for it.
Note the indications of excessive current draw and resulting wire and insulation degridation. This was the first item fixed, although it initially represented an emergency repair, and the correct level was accomplished during the reassembly following painting.
Here you can see the temporary repairs to the wiring along with the new restraint for the starter solinoid. For lack of a correct bracket I used a 6 inch hose clamp. Dad indicated that he had the holes for mounting filled in when the starter was replace a few years ago.
The remaining pictures of the before just detail the progessive cleaning and disassembly of the unit. The one point I failed to get a good shot of during this point is the leaking breaks. If you look closely at some of the photos on the farm page, you will see the signs of hydraulic fluid on the right rear wheel
The next 2 images show about half done on the cleaning 13
This is a photo of my master restorer inspecting my work. This little guy helped with inspection of every weld, fab and piece.
This is to illistrate the poor condition the fender was in. I ended up having to replace this piece
Almost ready to paint
Starting to go back together.
Almost done, the end is in sight
This is the moment of truth. Dad is looking at his restored tractor for the first time.
Finished paint and decals
This is to represent after, just check out the before to refresh your memory
Delivery day. Dad & his grandsons enjoy the "new old ford" as my youngest nephew (in dad's lap) calls it.
The final verdict??
174 hours, $450 in parts, $100 in paint and $200 in materials (bar stock ect).
Was it worth the effort?
Without a doubt. I would do it all again. The smile on dad's face made it all worth while
The next project I did? My 1949 Farmall Cub. It made the Ford seem like a simple wash job. For the Ford? The next big thing I hope to do is install a power steering system from , and yes I will post a step by step of it. Check out and let him know you saw it here.
Please check out my Farm page for pictures and post restoration history of this unit.
I have placed a series of links on my restoration links page to help you find some of the hard to locate parts. Check it out and let me know if it was any help or additional links I should include.
Please forgive the shameless plug but, check out some of my commercial pages. If you see anything you want just drop me a line and we will get together on it. As I am sure you are well aware, restorations are not cheap :-), and these are one of the ways I try to pay for them.
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