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Re: Anti Cavitation Treatment?

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07-17-2013 08:22:50

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I suspect that 4-cylinder engines are more prone to cavitation erosion than 3-cylinder engines because 4-cylinder engines are naturally more vibration prone (they need harmonic balancers), and vibration is what causes cavitation in the first place.

Having said that, my theory is nuked with the 6-cylinders, because when it comes to Fords, 6-cylinder engines (mostly TW models) were the worst for this problem. I suspect the 6-cylinder engines had thinner cylinder walls, although that is purely speculation on my part.

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07-17-2013 20:14:28

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 Re: Anti Cavitation Treatment? in reply to Bern, 07-17-2013 08:22:50  
Hello Bern , The most notorious Ford for Cavitation problems is the Mid to late 80's 555's , I have yet to see one that did not ruin the block . We are just finishing up one for the original owner with less than 4000 hours on it and he was using the Cat Additive same as I use since it was new , sleeved all three cylinders in it . Block prior to 82 / 83 were always good and the later 92 / 93 were redesigned and much thicker with the webbing on the outside all the 201's in between are candidates for sleeves at every rebuild just to be safe . Thanks Tony

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07-17-2013 21:16:20

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 Re: Anti Cavitation Treatment? in reply to TONY JACOBS, 07-17-2013 20:14:28  
We were primarily an ag dealer, and we could count on almost every mid 80s TW doing it. We sold a few TLBs as well, and I don't recall seeing any of those fail.

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07-18-2013 06:58:09

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 Re: Anti Cavitation Treatment? in reply to Bern, 07-17-2013 21:16:20  
The 201 block I have laying around was from a loader tractor... late 70's vintage. Might have been a 545...
I think they were all susceptible. That said, mine are a '66, '74, '85, '91 and '98 and none have pinholed yet... though I do use the conditioner.


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