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#1 warrior120 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 23, 2016 - 03:02 PM

I know this isn't a "garden tractor" but I thought you guys could answer a question I have. we got all of this snow and so we when to go start the 8-n and it seemed as though it was missing any suggestions on how to fix this the last time it ran was fall.
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Posted January 23, 2016 - 03:08 PM

Points may be dirty.  Is it a side distributor or front?


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Posted January 23, 2016 - 03:14 PM

Let it warm up good and see if it smooths out.  Could be a partially fouled plug.  Choking to start it caused it to foul out till it gets burned off.



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Posted January 23, 2016 - 03:24 PM

Could be a simple fouled plug as mentioned above.


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Posted January 23, 2016 - 03:35 PM

Check the ignition wires for mice chewing on them too. I think we have a manual for the 8N in our Manuals Section. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted January 23, 2016 - 04:16 PM

Water in gas, or in bowl?  Have a drain to let some gas out of bowl a bit?  WD40 or other sprays will "dry" out wires and cap maybe. I would also just run some if hasn't been used in long time. Let it warm up good.


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Posted January 23, 2016 - 07:10 PM

Water in gas, or in bowl?  Have a drain to let some gas out of bowl a bit? 

Gas may have separated. Had that happen one time. Good running machine filled up and sat for ~month. Go to start and nothing. Twelve hours later, after changing everything, (plugs, cap, wires) Decide to drain full tank out. Pour some in a can and drop in match. Would not light! New gas; purred like a kitten. Never bought gas at that station again.



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Posted January 23, 2016 - 08:13 PM

You have got a lot of good advice. This site has a lot of very helpful members with a lot of experience.
There is a site that anyone running an old Ford should have bookmarked for reference.
Look up Smiths old Ford Tractors and bookmark it.
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Posted January 23, 2016 - 09:20 PM

If you have a set of Hot pliers (plastic pliers for dealing with high voltage), you can pull one wire at a time and see which one isn't firing.
If you suspect plugs, look for the one with the c on it, that's the one I'd suspect.
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Posted January 23, 2016 - 09:22 PM

If you happen to have the old school exposed wire plug clips my grandfather always used to check with a long handle screw driver and grounded it on the block, if it started missing you knew that one was firing, if you didnt hear any mis fires grounding a plug you knew it was the one giving you trouble.


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Posted January 23, 2016 - 09:35 PM

Could also be a bad distributor cap, or it's damp inside it.  If spark all checks out, try draining the carb.  May have some water in there.


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