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Grandpa's WC

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Rob Sutter

10-20-2002 23:08:30

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I would like some advice as to how to go about getting my Grandpa's 1934 AC WC running again. It has set on blocks on concrete under the overhang (nice and dry) of our barn for years. I believe the engine is stuck. I'm the mechanically challenged type but want to learn how to make the old iron run. This tractor will have to be totally restored some day but is it possible after all these years to get it running again without totally tearing it down first? I would appreciate any advice on this. I have great memories of my Grandpa and would love to put the tractor to work again on the ground my family has owned for 70 yrs.

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10-21-2002 16:34:07

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 Re: Grandpa's WC in reply to Rob Sutter, 10-20-2002 23:08:30  
guys have the right idea with penetrating oil. what you do next is jack up the rear wheels 2 inches off the ground and block the axle. rock the tires back and forth in gear to see if the motor will turn. you can also use the hand crank, but tire gives you something to grab a hold of.

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John W.

10-21-2002 00:24:07

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 Re: Grandpa's WC in reply to Rob Sutter, 10-20-2002 23:08:30  
Rob; It is entirely possible. If the engine is stuck, try this, remove the spark plugs,then fill the cylinders with Auto trans fluid, replace the plugs hand tight and let soak for a few days. This should free it up.Before you try to turn the engine, remove the plugs, LIQUIDS DON'T COMPRESS, so be sure the plugs are out so if the engine turns the atf has some place to escape. This has worked for me many times, and will lubricate the cylinder walls and rings. Hope this helps you out. DO NOT force the engine to turn, you can break the rings, if it won't turn, let it soak a while longer it will. Be patient it took awhile to sieze, it may take a little time to free it. P.S. Once it turns over it will most likely start. Install new plugs and give it a go.

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Rob Sutter

10-21-2002 08:01:32

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 Re: Re: Grandpa's WC in reply to John W., 10-21-2002 00:24:07  

Thanks alot for the information. I'll give it a try and let you know how it works. Sure would like to see if it will fire up!

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Tx Allis Man

10-20-2002 23:51:05

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 Re: Grandpa's WC in reply to Rob Sutter, 10-20-2002 23:08:30  
Take the sparkplugs out of the cylinder head and try to turn the engine over. If the engine won't turn over use some type of penetrating oil and spray down in the spark plug holes. Might alos want to take the valve cover off and oil the rocker arm area.

Im not much help but there will be some of the other members who have dealt with this situation and will give you better information than myself.

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10-22-2002 18:29:19

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 Re: Re: Grandpa's WC in reply to Tx Allis Man, 10-20-2002 23:51:05  
While the valve cover is off make sure all the valves are free, not stuck too. You can bend a pushrod if the rest of the engine turns and a valve is stuck. to check just push down on the end of the valves, (center of the springs) and make sure each will go down and then come back up. If the valve is open ( already pushed down) it will not move much more. Dump oil on everything here just before starting too. Change engine oil before starting and filter. drain gastank, fuel filter, and carburator. put in new gas.

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Rob Sutter

10-21-2002 08:03:31

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 Re: Re: Grandpa's WC in reply to Tx Allis Man, 10-20-2002 23:51:05  
Thanks fof the information. I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes. It would be great to get it going again.

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