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NOT GETTING ANY FIRE TO PLUGS. TRIED TO CHECK THE

FORD 8N 1952 OR SO
NOT GETTING ANY FIRE TO PLUGS. TRIED TO CHECK THE POINTS BUT THE DISTRIBUTOR IS MOUNTED DOWN FRONT AND IS NOT REALLY ACCESSIBLE. hOW DO YOU CHANGE THE POINTS? REMOVE DISTRIBUTOR? BARRY

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I just had to do the same. I removed grill and hood. Disconnect upper radiator hose. Remove radiator mounting bolt under left side (as you're looking at the front) and loosen the right mounting bolt. Radiator swings to the right to allow access to the distributor and coil. Lower radiator hose can stay connected as long as it will fold on itself without damaging. Remove the coil and distributor cap. Check to see that the rotor turns when cranking the engine over, to eliminate that potential firing problem. Then remove the whole distributor to replace points and condensor. It's a lot easier. Be sure to check gapping on all four lobes.

Posted on Jun 07, 2010

  • shelbybunton Jul 05, 2011

    Why did ya remove the hood and grill? You can access the distributor without all that workre. Unclip the the coil and remove the hot wire to it. remove all plug wires. Unclip the distributor cap and remove it. Remove the 2 bolts holding the distributor on. Now you can change the points. When replacing the distributor, make sure the notches are lined up correctly with the notches on the cam.

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Cant get 8n to run. starts but misses. new plugs, crb,distributor, coil, tank shut-off, ign switch, ceramic resister, ballast resister, fresh gas, but has power to ign switch whether on or off.


If it starts but misses meaning it runs but not on all cylinders?.....then,
Are the spark plug wires in the correct firing order?
Are the spark plug wires in good shape?
Is there compression on all cylinders?
If a valve is bad it won't fire smoothly.
If you pull the plugs are any black with carbon?
(a black carbon coated plug will not fire,especially with a 6 volt system)
Is the distributor car attached fully and correctly?
When the distributor cap is off,is there any side play in the distributor shaft?
Is the point gap correct on the points?
Start the tractor cold and feel the spark plugs,the one or two that are colder than the others are the missing cylinders,if two are cold you could try switching those spark plug wires with each other,in case they are mixed up,and if two are missing are side by side you could have a head gasket leak between cylinder problem.
TIP 1, the BEST THING to do on a Ford 8N is to convert it to 12 volts neg ground.Add a alternator,(76 chev pickup alt fits good) leave the starter as it is (it does care if it's positive or neg ground or 12v) and add a 72 dodge ignition resistor in line to a 12 volt coil.(unless your new 12v coil does not need a resistor)
This set up will increase your fuel economy,add power and start instantly in any temp.
TIP 2,you can use unleaded fuel in a Ford 8n as it already has hardened valve seats.
BUT 10% Ethanol fuel is BAD,it can be used, but shut off the fuel at the tank and let the tractor carb run dry before shutting it off if you are not going to use the tractor with in a few days.

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Do not have spark on plugs


You need to check the spark plug wires. Check the continuity with an ohm meter if you have one. Rule of thumb is 10000 ohms resistance for every 12 inches of wire. Also make sure to check the coil as well. This should be located at the other end of the spark plug wires. Hope this helps and good luck.

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I have fire at coil but no fire through sparkplug wires


The problem sounds like it is your distributor. Replace the ignition points and condenser, make sure the points are gapped properly. If you still don't get fire at the plugs, change the distributor cap, rotor, and wires. Points and condenser kit runs $9.72.

http://www.yesterdaystractors.com/ATK7FA_Ignition-Kit-4-Cylinder_14717.htm?gclid=CJzJscSG47sCFXPNOgod31wAqA

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My 8n ford wont start with new carb, points, plugs, condensor, has a lot of spark at spark plugs and a lot of gas with both carbs I have tried, but no gas on plugs when I take them back out and smell for...


I have also changed my plugs, points, cleaned carb, but I can not get the tractor to fire at the cylinders. I have spark but will not crank. What do I need to do?

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8n (front mount distributor)seems to be frying coils, one day working just fine, next doesn't spark at all, New condenser, plugs, wires, rotor,points, distributor cap. Replaced coil last time seemed to...


Had the same problem, but was my fault for bypassing the ballist resistor (my bad). Anyway, I fried the coil. Read all the posts and bought new 12 volt coil (it has been converted before I got it 13 years ago). New points, condenser, cap, rotor. Now it is just my timing is a little off, but I have strong sparky but not enough to fry my coil again.

If anything, keep the ballist resistor. it is needed to drop the voltage to the coil so it doesn't fry.

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DID YOU REPLACE THE ROTOR BUTTON IF SO THE YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WIRES TO THE COIL ARE ON THE RIGHT POST ALSO CHECK THE WIRES TO THE DISTRIBUTOR TO MAKE SURE + IS TO + AND IF DOSE NOT WORK LET ME KNOW

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