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Real Tractors with Rachel is all about tractors. Rachel Gingell talks about everything tractor related and a large part will be about tractor mechanics. You’ll be able to join Rachel in the shop and see what tractors she’s working on. Gain tips and techniques that could help you with your own restoration or rebuild project. In addition to tractor repair, Rachel will cover tractor shows, auctions, memorabilia and more.
In the long winter months we usually have a custom project in the corner of the barn to tinker on. Last winter we made this hot rod 8N Ford with a Chevy V-6 engine.
We used a 4.3 Chevy carbureted engine (1985) out of an Astro van since we wanted the engine to be simple without fuel injection. The tractor has an MSD ignition system with distributor and spark module. The biggest challenge was the adapter plate which had to be re-worked, along with the flywheel, throw out bearing and clutch.
My grandparents are our neighbors yet their house is still several acres away. When we call them on the phone they usually can't hear it. However, whenever we started this tractor up they came right over on their golf cart to see what was going on!
This tractor is certainly a show-stopper.
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Did your Dad happen to document any of the measurements for the adapter? The Flywheel? Clutch? In-Depth Photos, Drawings, ETC.? I am very interested in installing a Chevy 4.3L V6 into my 1952 8N. I would rather try to build than to buy the kit.
Thank You Very Much!