Topic: Re: any tricks to free stuck engine????
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Here is what I did on my 52 Super C. I bought it for $150. Good rear tires, bad fronts. Engine stuck, but sitting in a barn. No water in cylinders. I pulled the head and put a 50/50 mix of diesel/gasoline in each cylinder, then set it alight. Obviously, I removed the fuel tank beforehand. After doing this twice to each cylinder, rocking the tractor showed that the fan was spinning over. From there, it did not take much to get her back together and running. She still has other problems, but she runs. Also, I was able to reuse the old head gasket.
The heat and different coefficient of expansion between aluminum (piston) and iron (sleeve) works to break the bond between the two.
Now, if the cylinder had water sitting in it, it may be another story. You may get the piston to move down, but probably not up over the rust. In that case, the sleeve will have to be replaced.
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