Ford 8N voltage identification

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Ford 8N voltage identification

Postby MilGunsmith » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:05 pm

I am going to pick up my late Uncles 8N this weekend. The battery is missing and I know that it was used to brush hog the field this year. Any ideas on what to look for to identify if it's still 6V or converted to 12V? I need to start it to move. It is a side distributor.

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Re: Ford 8N voltage identification

Postby outdoors4evr » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:17 pm

1) Alternator Present? It still might be 6v so check further.
2) Look for a resistor on the coil power wire. No resistor hints at 6v.
3) Is the coil part # an internal resistor type?
3) Are the light bulbs 12v bulbs?
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Re: Ford 8N voltage identification

Postby outdoors4evr » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:37 pm

One big hint may be at the battery cables. Maybe a big red cable attaches to the tractor chassis and a black cable goes up to the starter?

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Re: Ford 8N voltage identification

Postby Steve-N-Tn » Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:14 pm

The above posts are on the money!! Another thing is to check and see if the Voltage Regualtor is hooked up. A sure hint that it is still 6V

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Re: Ford 8N voltage identification

Postby MilGunsmith » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:36 pm

Thanks. I am looking at it tomorrow.

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Re: Ford 8N voltage identification

Postby MilGunsmith » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:01 pm

Well it is a 6v, found the battery in the basement. It has a Sherman high-low in it. Has a bad gas tank. I need to get it home and decide what to do with it. Keep or sell.

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Re: Ford 8N voltage identification

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:52 am

Sherman transmissions are really great! Use a temporary pony tank to get it home, then have the tank cleaned and lined.
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Re: Ford 8N voltage identification

Postby Slim140 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:17 am

They make a reproduction gas tank for the 8N.
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Re: Ford 8N voltage identification

Postby MilGunsmith » Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:33 am

My Uncle bought a replacement tank but never installed it. Probably use a pony tank to load it and move it home.


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