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How NOT to Work on Your Tractor

Who am I to judge? Good Question. These photos are posted here with some reluctance. My own work is far from perfect and I hope none of my projects ever show up on someone's wall of shame.

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Proper wiring won't be this easy to photograph. The list is long and full of shame; dangling wires, extra wire length doubled back and forth, some wire looks like old lamp cord, splices in at least two places, (one lower right) appears to be missing the wire nut that was used, corroded terminals, rotten battery tray, bungee cord hold-down, flex radiator hose, and fuel valve appears to have been left ON. On the other hand, the alternator mount is one of the better ones I've seen.

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A missing tool box. Worse, the automotive type START switch and solenoid (this bypasses the neutral interlock). The add-on ignition resistor appears to be wrapped in aluminum foil. Corroded terminals. No sign of any harness clips.

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The fuse box and much of the wiring may have come from an automobile. Free is nearly always good, but I see way more wires than should be needed. One group of wires does appear to be properly bundled and supported. Wire clamps at the top of the dash may be a problem when it comes time to attach the hood.

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Yikes! Some of the extra wires are for lighted gauges. All of the terminals are simple crimp-on type. These are not weatherproof. They will soon start causing problems. All wires red color may be ok, since the ends appear to have numbered wire tags. There may also be some significance to the blue and yellow terminals.

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Some unsecured "stuff" hanging on this one. Looks like a skinny automotive battery cable that is also too long. There is an in-line fuel filter and rubber hose next to a hot manifold. Better to fix the fuel system than add-on stuff that will starve the engine for fuel and start a fire.

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New starter solenoid is connected with a skinny automotive battery cable. Lots of wires appear the same color, with no tags or other identification. The harness has been taped. This is a good way to keep everything under control until the harness is covered and hung on clips. At least I hope that is the plan for this one. Lower radiator hose is installed backwards. There is an in-line fuel filter laying on the cylinder head. The boot on the steering arm is torn. Looks like the fan belt has been on there since the last time this tractor was painted (a long time ago).

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This is my new 8N. The missing air tube is bad. A loose bracket dragging the plug wires down to the manifold is worse. The real piece of work here is that copper fuel line bent and kinked every which way.

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"You are of course free to paint your Ford Tractor any color you like." That is my official philosophy. But this is just wrong.

That's probably enough examples of what NOT to do.

You probably got here from my main 12-volt conversion page. Here's a link back 12 Volt

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