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Cracked block WC

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11-10-2003 13:08:06

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Just got the block all steamed cleaned and the first thing that caught my eye was 3 cracks.They go all the way thru the webs at the top of the bores between 1&2,2&3,and 3&4 cylinders.I know some cracking is normal in these engines but this has me worried!! I mean the only thing that is holding the block together is at each end on the top nothing in the middle. I'm starting to think a Gleaner E or D17 motor is a better bet. Ideas and opinions please.

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David Bacon

11-10-2003 20:57:44

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 Re: Cracked block WC in reply to UUsee, 11-10-2003 13:08:06  
I am no expert, but a good ol boy who worked for AC for years told me EVERY WC is cracked. He also said they always fixed the crack with a small chunk of copper wire laid on the crack. He died a few years ago, but he did alot of AC's---so for what its worth--- Dave NE Iowa

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Dick L

11-10-2003 13:46:24

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 Re: Cracked block WC in reply to UUsee, 11-10-2003 13:08:06  
The head bolts will hold it from spreading, but if you are worried you can use a tie bolt.

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Dick L Hey Russ

11-12-2003 19:10:35

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 Re: Re: Cracked block WC in reply to Dick L, 11-10-2003 13:46:24  
This was a fix for a block that was spread apart at the cracks. Normal hairline cracks need no more that a new gasket to keep them from leaking water. Those cracks have nothing to do with compression or vacuum. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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11-10-2003 13:21:21

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 Re: Cracked block WC in reply to UUsee, 11-10-2003 13:08:06  
You could also go with a WD block/engine

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