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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Stabilizer Bar longer than the Lift Arms.

    I have a couple of non related questions:

    I noticed the fuel bowl has a very slow drip. I tightened up both lines on the valve but drips still form.

    I saw a couple on ebay for $14.24 and $13.20 with free shipping. One of them states the part # is 2N9155B the other states #NAA9155B.

    Are these the same part? and is that a good price?

    I also noticed that my tractor should be a 1952 according to who I bought it from BUT:

    the Serial # is 8N297578 on the right side of the engine

    the distributor is on the right side as well.

    If its a 1952 then why is the serial # so low?

    Unless they moved the distributor to the right side in 1950?

    Now I'm wondering what year my tractor really is?

    Is there another way of telling the exact year?

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    Default Re: Stabilizer Bar longer than the Lift Arms.

    Welcome to the forum, lots of good stuff here. I own a 1949 8N. I would suggest doing a Google search for 8N tractor forums. I join every tractor forum I can find( I also own 2 John Deeres). The antique 8nN sites have tons of information on parts, troubleshooting,manuals,etc. But don't abandon this forum, there is lots of good help here.

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    Default Re: Stabilizer Bar longer than the Lift Arms.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick230 View Post
    I'm very new to tractors. I've just used a walk behind tiller and a shovel in the past. I just bought a 1952 Ford 8N (In awesome shape) and am attaching a middle buster. The top link attached fine. Both lift arms attached fine. But not the stabilizer bars. I measured from the center of the attachment point on the middle buster to the center of the stabilizer bracket attachment point. It measured 31 inches on each side with the middle buster centered. The holes in the stabilizer bar measure 31 1/2 inches from center hole to center hole. I had to move the attachment point of the stabilizer bracket one hole toward the front.
    Now the bars fit ok but the middle buster head is about 2 inches to the right of center.

    Is this ok or does it have to be centered?

    I have noticed on diagrams that some people use an adjustable stabilizer bar on one or both sides.

    I guess this would work to bring it back to center, other than the cost of the bar or bars.

    Any hints or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Rick230
    There are two "L" brackets (1 per side) for the stabilizers that mount under the rear axle and utilize the 4 fender mounting bolts for attaching. If I remember correctly, each bracket has several holes for aligning the stabilizers to match up to your lift arms.

    Here's a pdf that should help you with the stabilizers... http://www.ntractorclub.com/howtos/p...lizer-Bars.pdf

    You can find a lot of info for your tractor in the N-Series Discussion Forum here... N-Series Discussion Forum

    Also, check out Smith's Old Ford Tractors website, he has lots of helpful tips, how to's, parts, helpful websites, etc., etc. Smith's Old Ford Tractors

    Hope this helps!

    Enjoy your N!
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    Default Re: Stabilizer Bar longer than the Lift Arms.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick230 View Post
    I have a couple of non related questions:

    I noticed the fuel bowl has a very slow drip. I tightened up both lines on the valve but drips still form.

    I also noticed that my tractor should be a 1952 according to who I bought it from BUT:

    the Serial # is 8N297578 on the right side of the engine

    the distributor is on the right side as well.

    If its a 1952 then why is the serial # so low?

    Unless they moved the distributor to the right side in 1950?

    Now I'm wondering what year my tractor really is?

    Is there another way of telling the exact year?
    Try tightening the thumb nut under the fuel bowl.

    A 1950 tractor has a serial # 8N245637 - 8N343592. Your serial # 8N297578 falls within those numbers, so it's a 1950 not a 1952. In 1950 the distributors were moved to the right side of the engine and carried over through 1952.
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    Default Re: Stabilizer Bar longer than the Lift Arms.

    Thanks Bill,

    very informative.

    I didn't know that one of the bars had a bend to it.

    I was thinking about straightening it out, good thing I didn't.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Stabilizer Bar longer than the Lift Arms.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick230 View Post
    Thanks Bill,

    very informative.

    I didn't know that one of the bars had a bend to it.

    I was thinking about straightening it out, good thing I didn't.

    Thanks.
    You are very welcome! Actually, both bars have a bent end - but I think that's what you meant. When I purchased my 8N, I (like most new N owners) went through the same aches and pains of finding the needed info to operate and maintain it. I must say tho, when I stumbled on those websites, I found myself spending all my online-time reading/viewing them. There's a lot of good mechanical information out there for the N's and abundant parts resources.

    I'd shy away from buying parts on eBay, Amazon, etc., etc. until you've done some price comparisons because some of their sellers are asking more money than the actual worth. I sometimes dealt with Steiner's New Restoration Parts For Antique Tractors | Buy Vintage Tractor Parts for parts because they are in my area, but there's plenty to choose from.

    I know you'll be spending most of your time in the "other" newsgroups now (lol), but stop in here and let us know how you're coming along with your new tractor and projects. There's lots of good folks and info here too.

    Oh, and don't forget pictures.... we love pictures!
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    Default Re: Stabilizer Bar longer than the Lift Arms.

    Thanks,

    I have a lot to learn. I've been reading a lot.
    I was looking for something on how the lift arms operate.
    I know it has an upward force to lift, but it seems that when I lower it, it seems more like gravity.
    I did see a video of a guy that jacked his 8n up with some type of jack using the lift arms.
    Is there a way to check the downward pressure?

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    Default Re: Stabilizer Bar longer than the Lift Arms.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick230 View Post
    Thanks,

    I have a lot to learn. I've been reading a lot.
    I was looking for something on how the lift arms operate.
    I know it has an upward force to lift, but it seems that when I lower it, it seems more like gravity.
    I did see a video of a guy that jacked his 8n up with some type of jack using the lift arms.
    Is there a way to check the downward pressure?
    There is no "down pressure". Like you said, gravity - that's all there is. Adding weight might help in some circumstances, but may also hurt in others.
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    Default Re: Stabilizer Bar longer than the Lift Arms.

    I've always thought that the plows, disks and etc. were pushed or held to the ground.
    I could see where a plow would pull itself down, but not the disks.

    Thanks.

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