If I thought i could fix the oil problem, short of taking the head off, then I'd pull the valve cover and chase down why the cylinder won't fire. But I agree, the oil issue isn't likely causing the cylinder not to fire, there's a good probability something in the upper valve train is wrong and I could fix that and get it hitting on all 4 again without pulling the head.
However, this tractor is still used 100-200 hours a year, so the oil issue is something I want to get addressed and it's not likely something I can fix short of pulling the head. It's one of those things, while it's getting torn down to fix one thing, probably replacing parts, why not just take a step back and redue the whole thing so it's good to go for another few decades of work?
I'm too busy right now (and probably will be for years...) to tear the head off and everything myself and can have someone here not far away trailer it and get it done and back to me much quicker than I can do it myself. Yeah it's cost a lot more... But time verses money thing...
So yes, i could pull the muffler, hood, valve cover, etc, but in the end it'll get put back together and put on a trailer for the more extensive head work.
As I've said, the head needed rebuilt when i bought the tractor and just have never bit the bullet to do it. The bottom end of the engine is solid, probably time to fix up the top end up to match.
This post was edited by scruffyia at 05:50:36 11/26/12 2 times.
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