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Re: 2N engine evaluation: no sleeves!

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11-30-2012 13:53:20

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A set of sleeves, rings, and pistons is $160 - pretty modest in my book. The bigger question is the cost to rebore the block and the prices quoted on here vary substantially. I would figure a MINIMUM of $25 per hole and that may be optimistic depending on your location.

I've been on "real tight budgets" or so I thought when I was younger and I have honed and knurled, and re-ringed a few engines to avoid paying the price for boring and new parts. Never seemed to last real long or run real good and I usually wound up doing it over and doing it "right" in short order.

I'm sure that makes you feel real good but I'm afraid it's pretty accurate given your numbers which I don't think even make the MARGINAL threshold. It is a low RPM, low compression, low power flathead so it will run longer with things looser than most but it's a short term stop gap at best. How long before you are off your very tight budget and flush enough to bore and sleeve it and how long can you expect it to hold together without boring and sleeves. Are all you looking for is enough to get you through to summer or does it have to go a couple years? What situation is it going to leave you in if it craps in a 3-4 months? That would seem to be the question because if you are really using it it WILL need to be bored and sleeved in the not too distant future.


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12-01-2012 07:46:11

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 Re: 2N engine evaluation: no sleeves! in reply to TheOldHokie, 11-30-2012 13:53:20  
Thanks for the opinion, that's exactly the kind of feedback I'm looking for.

Interesting, isn't it, when we're younger we live on a "tight budget", in middle age the money seems to flow more easily, then we get older and find ourselves, AGAIN, back on a strict budget...But I suppose that's just the cycle of life.

Anyway, of course, I'd like to do a first class overhaul, but this tractor project is being financed by retirement savings and whatever I can squeek out of my social security check. And that means I'm not going to be able to do everything perfectly, I'll have to cut some cornors somewhere. So I'd sure value your opinion on how to proceed in this situation. The wife tells me I can spend $700 on this thing. So I guess a better question would be: what's the most I can do for $700?

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 Re: 2N engine evaluation: no sleeves! in reply to Gustafson, 12-01-2012 07:46:11  
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I wouldn't call $700 shoestring tight ;-) But given your description of your budget and intended use I'd start by freeing it up, slap a fresh set of rings in it, bolt it back together, change the fluids and take it out for a test run. If it will pull and spin the mower you need for your airstrip I'd call it good to go for the time being and move on.

If it lacks power or makes worrisome noises that you can reliably identify as piston related then pull the engine and resleeve it:

Sleeve and piston kit - $160.

Boring - 4@500 - $200.

Miscellaneous bits - $140.

That's $500. If that $700 budget isn't coming out of the grand kid's lunch money you might just skip the first phase, speed past GO, and deposit $500 in the tractor. All of that presumes the lower end is not in need of attention which you really won't know for sure until you get it started.


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