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Massey Harris & Massey Ferguson Tractors Discussion Board

Re: MF35 with worn 23C

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Posted by Masseynut(Australia) on February 01, 2013 at 02:07:49 from (

In Reply to: Re: MF35 with worn 23C posted by Tony in Mass. on January 31, 2013 at 18:41:39:

My eyes are stinging and I can't find my breath just looking at Tony's pics! It's definitely a good example of a "well worn and worn well" engine. Luckily yours sounds like it has only worn compression rings, allowing the combustion gases down into the sump. The oil control rings must still be doing their job, or else it would it would be causing "global warming" like Tony's Rolls Royce!!
I'm not big on additives in the oil, as nothing substitutes an engine in good condition, and nothing "in a can" can replace worn engine parts.
So I would suggest running it on, say a 20w50 oil and keeping your fingers crossed. You may get a slight decrease in oil consumption and the engine should go for many more years, as long as it's not worked hard, or driven "like you hate it". These old English engines are very forgiving animals, as Tony's proves right here.
When your ready to rebuild, post a message and I'll give you details on how to make your 23C engine, notorious for having a reputation as a "bad" starter, fire up like a 3 cylinder Perk,
good luck,


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