This is a photo of my 1950 Ford 8N tractor, purchased in January, 1998. My first driving experience was on my grandfather's 1952 8N, so this was a special purchase for me. This photo was taken in March 1998.
Stukes Ford 8N
A "Repair and Paint" Restoration Has Begun - January 2011
After having this now-61-yr-old tractor in my garage for 6+ years, I have finally begun what I thought would be a simple repair and paint restoration. I'll post more information (and a link to pics) about once a month. I have no timeline for completion, but I do hope to turn a wrench every weekend.
As I am disassembling things to separate the gray and the black items from the red (for painting), I'm finding items in need of repair. I'm also replacing what I think may fail later, since I've already got it torn down. So far, the repair/replace list is as follows:
Replace battery door
Replace Ford emblem on hood
New hoses and fan belt
New water pump
Replace missing battery cover
Points and Plugs
New wiring harness (home-made)
New voltage regulator (just in case)
Repair/rebuild steering box (steering wheel has 8 in of slack, should be 2 in at most)
Repair weak hydraulics (3-pt hitch slowly drops after engine stops)
Also, please note that most of the work on the Big S Ranch was being done by this old tractor until a few years ago. I hope to restore it to working condition again.
Current Condition (2/12/2003):
I bought this tractor in January 1998. Initially, it ran like a dream.
I've had some problems with the carb, with points and plugs, but nothing too serious.
About a year ago, I was mowing some high weeds which got tangled in the wiring from the alternator to the distributor
and ripped some wires loose. Since this is a 12volt conversion, I don't have a good wiring diagram. I have not been
able to reconnect the wiring myself, and have not been able to get "professional" assistance.
So it sits. I had very high hopes for restoring this tractor to good working condition (paint, etc), and it still has
no serious mechanical issues. However, since it has sat so long, the fuel tank is gummed up, points & plugs have deteriorated, etc.
I think my best bet is to load it on a trailer and take it to a mechanic. Hopefully, we can accomplish this by summer.
The other problems I've noticed are (a) leaky hydraulics - With PTO off, the three-point goes from high to low in about 25 minutes. (b) non-functioning draft control - in constant draft control, the three-point stays down. Adjustments should fix. (c) Right rear brake drags a bit.
The hood is a little rusty. The grill is ugly (wired in place). No decorative radiator cap. No FORD emblem on the front.
Implements: Now and The Future
I only have the shredder and drag blade that I got with the tractor. These do their jobs well, but there are some other things I'd like:
2-wheel trailer for general hauling
2-bottom Dearborn plow
Dearborn Disk Harrow