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Old 04-08-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default 1952 Ford 8N tire size help

I have a new to me 52 Ford 8N. The tractor has 16.9x26 on the rear and 5.50x16 on front? Is this correct? I need tires and want to put the right size on.
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1952 Ford 8N tire size help

5.50x16 fronts are not unusual, but...
16.9x26 rears are.
Stock rear tires would be 11.2x28, but 12.4x28 (or even 13.6x28) would not be unusual.

Your rear tire size will have required 'new' rims and wheel centers (which would both be required to go back to an 'original' size).

Originally, of course, the 8N came with 10x28 rear tires, but... at some time between the '50s when these were made and now... the tire manufacturing industry changed their tire sizing.

The 5.50x16s on the front were a dealer option... the 'stock' was 4x19s on the front.
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1952 Ford 8N tire size help

The 550-16 on ft are correct but rear came with 11.2 x 28 (10 x 28) which means you will have to get new 9-28 rims & center discs. opt sizes are 124 x 28 on rear & 600 x 16 on ft.Miller Tire has these in stock. (they are a mtf advertizer). If they do not have center disc. They may get them from unverferth mfg in Klida Oh
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:52 PM   #4
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Where are you in Indiana? I have 2 used 12.4x28 rears in usable shape mounted, don't leak that I need to get rid of.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:32 PM   #5
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Default Re: 1952 Ford 8N tire size help

I run 5.50's on the front of all my N's. Much easier to turn a skinny tire IMO. Now a rear tire on an 8N is a bit different. I've had some 8Ns that had a higher speed rear end and they seemed to work better with a 11.2 tire and some have had a slightly lower geared rearend that worked better with a 12.4 tire.

An 11.2 would seem to give more power while a 12.4 would give a little better ground speed. Reading this post has me thinking that I need to rig my GPS to the N's and see if there really is that much difference in tire size and ground speed.

Finding a good set of mounted tires such as JohnW has would be your cheapest option to retire your machine. Centers sell pretty reasonable on Ebay.
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:40 AM   #6
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Im in Crawfordsville Indiana. My brother is coming down to Paducah for a race in early May maybe we could do something. I dont know where your are located. Could you email a pic of the set? My email is dennismckinney@rocketmail.com
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Old 04-09-2011, 05:12 PM   #7
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Default Re: 1952 Ford 8N tire size help

keep in mind you will need 28" centers as well to go with thos emounted 28"" rims.


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Old 04-09-2011, 05:41 PM   #8
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Default Re: 1952 Ford 8N tire size help

The centers are with the tires... also have 19" fronts but the tires are not much.

I am a few miles outside of Beaver ***, Ky. It will be a while before I can get pics for you. May be Monday before I can post them, dialup is a killer to upload pics but Monday I will be able to use the companies connection.
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wow, good deal!
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Default Re: 1952 Ford 8N tire size help

Thanks John, Im interested...Also I was wrong on the rear tire size, it has 14.9x26 not the 16.9x26 that I posted. I got myself confused. LOL not very hard for me to do
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:14 AM   #11
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Default Re: 1952 Ford 8N tire size help

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Thanks John, Im interested...Also I was wrong on the rear tire size, it has 14.9x26 not the 16.9x26 that I posted. I got myself confused. LOL not very hard for me to do
I understand completely, I have citizenship papers for that state... State of Confusion.
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