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Re: Stitching a crack,opinions please

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JD Seller

07-21-2013 16:57:56

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I have stitched many blocks/housings over the years with just brass screws/bolts. The Lock-a-Stitch works great too. It is faster than using brass screws. It would depend on the length of the crack weather I would go with the cost of the Lock-n-stitch kit.

Blocks and housings repaired with this stitch method are fine to use. If done correctly you can't hardly tell where they are used.

I would NOT WELD a cracked block. Unless you do it right it is just a band aid repair. To do it right you need to preheat the block to almost cherry red to get a good full width/depth weld. After that the block should really be re-machined. For a tractor that is not really rare I would just replace the complete block before I welded it.

Here is a video of the Lock-n-stitch kit being used. You can do the same thing with brass screws. The reason I always used brass is that it expanses faster than steel/cast iron. So the stitched seam has less chance of leaking when hot.

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07-22-2013 18:32:19

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 Re: Stitching a crack,opinions please in reply to JD Seller, 07-21-2013 16:57:56  
This is not a new process!!!!

I had an old machinist show me this process 55+
years ago, only he did not use a jig. All drilling was done by eying distance between holes..

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