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WC Block... Please help!!!

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Brad Gyde

04-10-2002 19:46:27

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I am restoring a 1945 WC, and I have went through 3 blocks now, all are cracked beteween cylinders at the top. I am leary about just putting a head gasket over the cracks, as I have almost $1,000 wound into it this far, and I don't want any troubles when I am done, so I would really like to find a bare (or close to bare) block that has no internal cracks. I can live with a external crack, even though they are quite unsightly.

My only other thought is: Being I am going to have the block done up at a machine shop (surfaced, cleaned, and cam bearings installed) Could it be welded at the top, then surfaced down, as one of the cracks on the best of 3 block appears to be spreading

Please let me know either about a block (if you have one, how close to Monroe, MI are you and what are you asking), what anyone knows about the welding idea, or should I just stick it back together ????? PLEASE HELP ASAP

Thanks, Brad

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04-17-2002 14:42:12

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 Re: WC Block... Please help!!! in reply to Brad Gyde, 04-10-2002 19:46:27  
I pull with these blocks. They all have these little cracks between cylinders. Both my machinist and the Agco service manager said don't worry about them, especially if your putting in new sleeves with a new, quality head gasket. Most of these block decks are flat. Check yours with a steel ruler and a feeler guage. The sleeves sit a little above the deck. A good head gasket will solve all your problems. Just my experience. The flywheels also have these little cracks. Same answer.

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04-10-2002 20:00:38

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 Re: WC Block... Please help!!! in reply to Brad Gyde, 04-10-2002 19:46:27  
Those type cracks are common in old AC's, and they can be resistance welded- then pinned... Done this way, you cannot see any trace of the weld.....you will see the end of the pin, but the block will be better than new... Not sure who owns " Columbus Col-Weld" now....in Columbus, Ohio, but they did both of mine, some years ago--and they are still just fine... At that time, it cost $100.oo per block...

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Brad Gyde

04-11-2002 19:42:57

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 Re: Re: WC Block... Please help!!! in reply to Ron, 04-10-2002 20:00:38  
You did this on the internal of block? My local machine shop can pin it and then surface it. I will hopefully know tommorow if I need to keep searching for a better block, but I don't know if I want to deal with another Allis, even though that is all my grandfather used on the farm for years and years

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