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Re: 960 question

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Dean, According to the temp guage and me not noticing any steam or overflow seepage, there were no issues overheating. I did notice a small leak in the rad coil but never lost enough antifreeze to require adding any.

Soundguy, I tend to agree with you on the air flow assessment although I know it can make a huge difference in a 2 cycle engine. A completely different animal but it's part of why I asked this question.

I was very careful when putting the gaskets in for the manifold and carb as I know that can be an issue, so I'm confident there's not an issue there.

I do have a heat temp gun but had not even thought about looking for hot spots. That's a great suggestion and I will do that.

After looking at the radiator closely, I'm starting to think that's the prob. Now I just hope they can fix it.

Thanks again guys. This is my first foray into an old tractor so I'm soaking up your knowledge like a sponge. Hopefully, one day I will be able to help someone else.

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01-03-2013 18:23:08

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 Re: 960 question in reply to Phil960, 01-03-2013 17:07:57  
Again, you symptoms point to coolant flow issues.

Normally, I would recommend inspecting the water pump impeller for wear but this cannot be your problem IF the symptoms appeared suddenly.


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 Re: 960 question in reply to Phil960, 01-03-2013 17:07:57  
i've seen cores so plugged that they flowed only a trikle and caused fast overheating.

if your rad shop can't fix it.. see what they can source as replacement core.. get a hd core with more tubes.. ot less. I have seen some light dutry core with few tubes.. they are not as good..

The more hp you use.. the more cooling you need.

I have a 950 mutt/parts tractor with a non oem radiator from smal weird import car that I found to fit in.. it is less capacity.. I can make it boil if I work the tractor to full potential. for now I hung a carb on it for a 134ci eng to reduce the ponies and cooling needed. now I can run it to the hilt that the carb will allow and not heat... one day I'll find a good rad for it an put it's larger carb back on...

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