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I have 1940 ford 9n that i am restoring and i can not get it to start. it'll turn over but won't start

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I had this problem. it took me almost a year to fix. Check spark (plugs, wires, IGNITION SWITCH)
Check fuel (undo nut at bottom of carb. 1 pint of fuel in 3 minutes should come out. If not, clean carb and service it). Do you have oil pressure? Does your pressure gauge twitch when you turn the starter. If not, this might mean the engine is dry, stiff or squeaky. The bearings in my tractor were shot due to lack of oil pressure. If you have no pressure, it might be a loose pick up tube in the the oil pan. Check the manifold, carb and gasketes for air leaks. you should feel strong suction when putting your hand over air intake on carb. If your pistons and sleeves are worn out you might not have enough compression to **** fuel out of the carb and in to the engine. If you have checked all the simple stuff above, you might have to take the oil pan off and pull out the crankshaft and pistons and have a look at them, but this a messy job. I had the same problem as you when i inherited my tractor. i had to do all the above and more. Best of luck.

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