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Ford 8n sometimes just stops-very hard to restat.

Must choke to start-then lacks power.

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    I had to rebuild carbruator. Now works and starts fine.


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Could be a bad condensor or coil, flaking out when they get hot. If it starts ok after it cools down about an hour and is cold, then very likely the problem. would have everything you need for replacements.

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