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Simple “Steering Fix” For Ford 8N Tractor
“My 1951 Ford 8N tractor had bad steering joint ends when I bought it back in 1987. I modified the steering rod so that the tractor steers a lot tighter now, with no wheel wobble at all. Makes the tractor fun to drive again,” says Duane Spencer, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
He bought the tractor to replace a 1949 Ford 8N with a bad transmission that he now uses for parts. “I decided to use part of the steering rod on the 1949 model to replace the bad back joints on the 1951 model.”
The steering rods consist of a long rod with a short piece of hollow threaded rod between the back and the front joint for toe-in adjustment. “I cut off pieces of the adjustment rods from the 1949 model and welded them in to lengthen the adjustment rods on the 1951 so I could use short-style rear joints which I was able to purchase (couldn’t find the longer rods).
“When I cut and welded the added length of the hollow rod, I used part of a mobile home tie-down rod to strengthen the weld. This repair made the steering a lot tighter.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Duane Spencer, 503 Kings Lake Blvd., DeFuniak Springs, Fla. 32433 (duaneduane27@outlook.com).

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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1