Ford 8n Tractor Tire Chain Installation

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Man those chains are heavy! To install lay the chain assembly on the ground with the flat link binder to the outside of the tire. Make sure there are no tangles in the chains. Drive the tractor over the chain assembly (centering on the tire) to the mid point. Lift the binder side up over the top of the tire as best you can. With the tractor in neutral roll the wheel so the head of the chain is about 3/4 of the way around the circumference of the tire. Hook the tail end of the chain on the inside of the tire. Then using the binder lock in the chain on the outside of the binder. Make sure you attach the inside and outside at the same link so that it sits evenly (you can count them from the nearest ladder chain). It's really hard to get it tight on the first try. Put a jack under the axle and jack up one wheel at a time (use wooden blocking if applicable). Rotate the wheel (by hand) so that the connections reside at the bottom. Reset/Fluff the chains so they sit on the tire evenly. Gravity will remove all slack to the bottom of the tire. Re-adjust the connections on both the inside and outside of the tire to remove the slack and make the chain as snug as possible to the tire. Add a couple bungee chords (criss-cross over rim) to remove any additional sloppiness in the chains. That should do it.

Note: When I bought these chains they were a little long so I had to remove a section. I did this by using a hammer and chisel as shown in the picture.

Backup Generator Sizing (Essential Circuits)

CircuitBreaker NumberVoltageRunning CurrentRunning Wattage Starting Wattage (3x, Estimated Value)
Well Pump20,222406.415364608
Furnace191202.0240720
Four Furnace Circulating Pumps (.7A ea.)191202.83361008
Refrigerator21207.28642592
Bathroom (Downstairs)41201.5180540
Bathrooms (Upstairs)151201.5180540
Kitchen Lights & Water Softener171202.0240720
Basement (Small Room) with Future Freezer311205.06001800

Total Running Wattage: 4176 Watts

Possible Generator: Generac GP 6500


Sprucing up the old 51' Ford 8n Tractor

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Avery is hard at work applying the first coat of paint on the ford emblems. She is using the factory "ford red" that was originally used on the 1951 Ford 8n Tractor. We cleaned up the sheet metal, primed it, and applied a finish coat using the original color scheme.

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