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Bought a Ford 2N over the weekend and its my first Ford! My collection is almost complete :lol: More info and pictures later today....BTW what gets loose in the front ends that make the wheel jiggle when I hit bumps?
 

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Congrats Derrick, Looking forward to the photos. :D
Several things, to answer your question. Most likely worn parts in the steering box, and/or worn ends on the steering arms.
My Dad's answer on the 8N we had, wasn't to repair the steering box, just hold pressure on the steering arm with your foot. :roll: :? :oops:
 

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Congrats Derrick, Looking forward to the photos. :D
Several things, to answer your question. Most likely worn parts in the steering box, and/or worn ends on the steering arms.
My Dad's answer on the 8N we had, wasn't to repair the steering box, just hold pressure on the steering arm with your foot. :roll: :? :oops:
Thanks Dave, what do I do....jack it up and start moving things till I find it or should I just order up the whole bunch? :lol:
 

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By wiggling each wheel you should be able to identify most of the slack and if it is like most old tractors each part will have some slack that adds up to a fair bit overall. Having the front wheels in the air is best but for a quick look just have them on a hard surface.
 

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Well here is the beauty the girls fell so in love with! 2N with a Ford back blade...decent rear tires and good hydraulics. Elise can already run it herself :D So proud





 

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Do I see a shifter knob on the left side of the transmission case? Got a sherman in her? :cool:
Great eye Ernie! Yep I forgot to mention the Sherman....this thing goes almost 20mph in high! :lol:
 

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Congras on the new tractor.
The loose steering,judging from the bent radius rod, might be a worn center axle pin.
Does the top of your steering spindle have a keyway in it?

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before i ordered any steering parts for a 2n I'd find out what was wrong. if you look close, the steering is intergral to the top of the tranny cover.. :) harder to pull the 'box' and take it to the bench for a looksee. :)

start with looking at draglink and tie rod ends.. look at hubs, wheel bearings, lugnuts and spindle bushing as well as pittman arm play on the spindle.

once all that is checked.. then look at steering sector backlash..
 

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How hard is it going to be to unbend that radius rod?
 

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depends.. lets see a better pic
I dont have a better pic right now, i'll get some more next time were up by the house. Thanks
 

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these are the best i could find


 

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How hard is it going to be to unbend that radius rod?
You can take them off and straight in a press or leave them on and with a couple pieces of chain and some angle iron and a bottle jack you can straighten them right in place.




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Excellent information! Thank you very much
 

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yep.. beat me to it.. but I've done the same. bottle jack and chain, and board or angle iron as a stiffener to spread the force and you usually straighten them right up. hint.. when bending.. go just bast center as when you take force off it will relaxe and bend back a little.

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Have fun with the old Ford. Man.. now I really wish one of my Fords had a Sherman :( And like most have said the loose steering on these Fords seem to just add up from a little play here and there. Axle pins seem to be always bad especially on loader tractors.. I'd replace just about everything on the front to see if it changes anything. Save the box for last.
 

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Ditto on the kingpin on the loader tractors. All I've had had bad axle pins not to mention cracks in the axle carrier.
You have to reliese that these were just farm Ag tractor that people/dealers hung a loafder /backhoe on.
That's why the later industrial models were beefed up.
Jason, if you wanted to add a sherman nows the time, while everything is apart.
Kirk
 
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