Re: HISSS----> Wound Up- OT Ford
> "Wound Up" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>>It was actually built by the old guy I bought it from. He made it from
>>>copper pipe, sheetmetal and lexan. He only used it to blow snow so he
>>>didn't design it to be removable so I remove the doors in summer.
>>Very cool. It looked like it had to be custom made in some fashion. I
>>also like the idea of having shielded feet (I'm sure you do, too).
> Biggest issue I have is the windshield is very close to the wheel as you
> need to clear the little hood that the gas cap and battery etc are under.
I see what you mean...
>>>stays pretty decent inside in the winter. With insulated coveralls that I
>>>wear it can get too hot in there!
>>I bet; I saw that "heater hose" you ran off the exhaust. No real wind
> I just need a radio! It still has the 6V system but it works fine. You just
> have to keep it all shiney and tight.
Positive ground, you mentioned? Father-in-law's has been converted to
12V negative earth.
> The "heater" is not a real match when it's very cold but there isn't
> anything "automatic" or "power" so you can work up a sweat as you well know.
Sure... and, call me wound up, but you really have to keep your wits
about you on those things, which tends to take effort all by itself. =)
>>A few hours behind the motor on the father-in-law's 8N in the midwestern
>>summer heat, and I'm soaked through. I mow a long section, then cruise
>>back the 1/4 mile on the dirt road to cool it and me off. It's a tough
>>bugger; didn't they build something like 1/2 million of them?
> Yep and they figure 1/4 million are still in use. There are at least 6 I
> know of in an 8 mile radius of my place, one just 10 doors down. Not to
> mention a few 9N/2N's
Wow, that many? There are lots of 'em around here in heavy agriculture
country, so I've come to notice...
>>Some day I'll pull the cab off and treat
>>>the old girl to a new coat of paint. Mechanically it is excellent. The
>>>old guy was a Chrysler mechanic and rebuilt the motor himself. I felt
>>>like I was asking his daughter out when I bought the thing. It was like I
>>>was being interviewed to make sure it was going to a good home ;^) StuK
>>Yeah, I understand what you mean with the interview thing. People get
>>very attached to these things...
> I think he like to talk "shop" too. It seemed to me he didn't get much
> opportunity to talk to anyone about mechanical contrivances.
Well, I understand that... and I'm sure he was rightfully proud of his cab.
>>I have to coordinate getting his to a his cousin's shop to replace that
>>ring gear and clutch before it gets too damned hot.
> One of the things 8N are known for is the front trans seal leaking and
> spraying the clutch. Ironically the clutch doesn't slip but gets sticky when
> it's hot and won't disengage easily and will take you for ride sometimes.
> Usually just jamming on the brakes unsticks it. The big trick is to wedge
> the clutch out when parked or they can be a bear to disengage after sitting
> and cooling. Ford used to wedge them when the were transported to stop the
> clutch plates from rusting on the train ride out of Dearborn. If you're
> splitting the old girl it would behoove you to replace that seal while your
> in there ;^) StuK
Thanks for the recommendation! Last thing ANYONE wants is the clutch to
stick! Weird it would do that, with its torque so multiplied. I'll
remember that about disengaging the clutch, too. She's in gear now, and
has been for a while.