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1952 Ford 8n Oil in Water

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Micah Rawls

04-08-2007 19:19:58

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Hello to all, After my destructive brother returned the tractor I found that it did not want to run. It is missing and cutting out. I ruled out all of the usual suspects; points, plugs, fuel filter. Anyway, something told me to check the antifreeze. Once I removed the cap, I knew that I had found the problem. There is oil, not a film, on top of the antifreeze. I would guess about an inch or so deep. The antifreeze was good about a week ago with good color and the proper level. The exhaust looks pretty normal with no white smoke. My question is, is the oil most likely entering into the antifreeze from a bad head gasket? If not, from where?

Thanks for all of your help.

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Dell (WA)

04-08-2007 19:37:35

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 Re: 1952 Ford 8n Oil in Water in reply to Micah Rawls, 04-08-2007 19:19:58  
Micah........since the FLATHEAD engine has NO HEADOIL requirements like OHV or OHC engines, its HARD to gitt real oil in yer anti-freeze. But it is real eazy to work an engine HARD and BLOW a headgasket and warp the flathead and fill yer radiator water with BLACK COMBUSTION byproducts.

Time to byte the bullet and do the dreaded compression test. Ford specs: 90psi min (dry). Do a dry and then a wet test and write the numbers down. Iff'n you don't understand yer compression numbers, post'em and we'll help you interpret them.........Dell, (who also has a clunk fer brother)

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Dean Borcher

04-08-2007 19:33:03

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 Re: 1952 Ford 8n Oil in Water in reply to Micah Rawls, 04-08-2007 19:19:58  
Bad head gasket is the most likely solution. but since your gonna have to pull the head have it crack checked cause he could have severly over heated the machine and cracked the head but it 95% likely its the head gasket.

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