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Popeye the Ford 600

About twenty years ago My brother bought a sad looking 600 Ford on the back line of a construction auction. It had a sweeper on it and appeared that it had not run in a while. We brought it home and cleaned the points and plugs and put gas in it. It would not crank with the starter so we pulled it off and it cranked. It smoked badly and had a great deal of back pressure. We pulled it apart and the cylinder walls and bearings looked good. We are thinking that all it needed was a set of rings and without any marks on the tops of the pistons we made the 'assumption' that it was standard bore. When the rings came in I took one out and put it in the bore to check the end gap. Huge gap apparently they had given us the wrong rings so we took them back and parts man said they were right for a standard bore 600. Went back and measured it and found that it was only a few thousandths from being 4 inches instead of 3 7/16 as it should. Went back to parts place and they had nothing listed for that size bore. The parts man looked it up by size and got us a set of rings for a GMC six cyl. I had to file the rings to the get the right end gap and put it together. It ran good and had lots of power. We had almost made the same mistake that the previous mechanic had and installed the wrong rings. It was a good little tractor and we used it at the hunting club and gardening for several years. It only had one headlight and it was affectionately named Popeye.

Ron, SC, entered 2013-01-24
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