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Engine Rebuild Looming

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Vic Lovejoy

08-02-2002 13:19:18

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I've been working on my 1954 WD45, getting it ready to sand and paint. I cut 6 acres of pasture with it right now, and I have a project this fall where I'll be grading some ground to divert rain from our barn - a little land reshaping. I've noticed lately that when I'm doing mowing there is a 4" wide stream of dark oil running down the side of the engine, eminating at the breather. My original plans were to spiff the tractor up a little, paint it and call it restored.

Now with the oil coming out the breather I'm thinking it's time for rings and honing the liners. My question is: is it worthwhile to do the rings and liners but not do a complete rebuild? Is it just as well to do a rebuild while the engine's down? Can I do the job without removing the engine from the tractor? I don't have an engine lifter or any of that stuff.

How much is likely to cost, ballpark figure, to do a complete rebuild, and just rings and liners?

The whole thought is intimidating because I don't really have the tools or the knowhow. I've gotten the rebuild video from this site and it's very helpful, but the confidence level isn't very high.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Steve in N.J.

08-02-2002 20:30:28

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 Re: Engine Rebuild Looming in reply to Vic Lovejoy, 08-02-2002 13:19:18  

When I bought my B, the motor was stuck. I was going to rebuild it anyway, but I think the liner kits that I got were about $99. for each hole. That was a liner, new piston, piston pin, & ring set. By the time I was done with having the cylinder head redone with all new valves, valve seats, & guides, I think I had about $650.-$700 bucks in the engine. I don't know if thats a lot of money to some of the other fellows, but I did everything myself except the machine work on the head. I probably would've done that to if I didn't sell my valve grinding equipment years ago. With the whole resto, including the paint and the original purchase price,I have (I think) around $1800. in the ole' girl. On top of that, I had a ball restoring her.. Would like to do another AC some day. I like the WF's...

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08-06-2002 09:48:36

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 Re: Re: Engine Rebuild Looming in reply to Steve in N.J., 08-02-2002 20:30:28  
do the liner kits come with the rings already installed and everything already in the sleeve?would love to do both of my tractors my self . thanks in advance.

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Steve in N.J.

08-07-2002 18:51:49

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 Re: Re: Re: Engine Rebuild Looming in reply to tim[in], 08-06-2002 09:48:36  
The ring sets come in a package with each sleeve kit, but you have to install them on each piston according to the instructions. The rings are marked on the package as to what ring land they get installed on. The way I did it was I installed each compression ring one at a time in the cylinder bore, and pushed each one down a couple inches down the bore with the piston turned upside down in order to make sure the ring is straight in the newly installed liner. Then I checked the end gap against the mfr's specs just to make sure things were correct, set the end gap to spec (if neccessary) and did each cylinder that way. Then I installed the rings to the new mounted pistons, oiled em' up along with the new liner and gently drove each piston/rod assy in. Done deal. Don't forget to check the rod bearing clearances with Plastigage also for the correct clearances..... Steve

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