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Ford 9N, 2N & 8N Discussion Board

To Free a Stuck Engine

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Posted by Fuddy Duddy on December 15, 2012 at 17:17:52 from (

I'm going to run this by you to see what you think. We all know one of the best selling points of an old worn out tractor is is "Don' run, But it's not Stuck"
A stuck engine can be very difficult to deal with. You can't remove the crank because you need to rotate the engine to do so.
I just picked up an Oliver Cletrac with a very stuck engine. I'm not calling this "OT" since it could apply to an 'N' or anything else.
The head and oil pan had been remove when I got it. Been off for four years. It is very stuck. For the last week I have had it soaking in MMO. But after reading a preveus post I plan to change that to ATF and acetone. But before i do I plan to hone out what rust I can and even do a little hand sanding to remove as much rust I can. Then let it soak a while.
Then I plan to cut a piece of 3/4 ply would that I can bolt to the block where the head would go. I've got some Oak 2X4s. Where the cylinder are I plan the JigSaw openings in the ply wood just big enough to fix the Oak thru. The plywood will hold the 2x4s in place and also protect the block if I miss a blow with the hammer, I plan to take a shop hammer and go to work, hitting each one, one at a time. Going down the row. Getting a bigger hammer as needed.
Sound like a plan?
Or I'm I just going to bend the rods?
O'course I'll have the Machine Shop check the the rods over good when they do the machining.
Any thoughts on this?
Anyone have a better Idea to unstuck and engine?


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