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Gregg Whelan

12-28-2010 13:55:54

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I am asking a question for my Dad! He picked up a vac for $200 over the Summer that he thought he may be able to have a little fun with while trying to restore it. He knew the engine was seized! The story he got from the previuos ower was it had been in a rollover accident. The steering wheel bent over and the sheet a little bent up. He has been tinkering with it but he has not succeeded in freeing up the engine. He has put diesel fuel in the cylinders,towed the tractor in gear. He now tells me that 1 cylinder is clean as day it was new but the other 3 cylinder walls are rusted and things seem to be rusted for good. Does any one have ideas I can give him? Where is the best place to get parts for the engine and tractor?

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El Toro

12-31-2010 09:15:11

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 Re: VAC seized in reply to Gregg Whelan, 12-28-2010 13:55:54  
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Pull the head and oil pan. Tow the tractor away from any building and pour kerosene or diesel on top of one piston at a time and set it on fire. Make sure you remove anything flammable. Be sure to remove the rod cap on piston you're going to heat. Take a piece of 2 X 2 oak and a big hammer and tap on the connecting rod and see if the piston will move. You may have to heat them more than once. The heat should free them. You probably need to rebuild the engine with new new sleeves and pistons and have the crankshaft measured for wear. I did a Farmall A back in 1975 that had never been sheltered and the engine was stuck. I gave $100.00 for it and the 16-inch moldboard plow. Had to replace just about everything on the tractor. Hal

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C. Amick

12-28-2010 17:17:01

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 Re: VAC seized in reply to Gregg Whelan, 12-28-2010 13:55:54  
Look over on page 2 of this forum under "Stuck Engine". You may get some ideas on getting it unstuck. There are also some articles on this topic under Research and Info. Engine rebuild kits are readily available, even under "Tractor Parts" on this web site.

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12-28-2010 14:36:25

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 Re: VAC seized in reply to Gregg Whelan, 12-28-2010 13:55:54  
gotta pull her apart and make a grocery list of things you need.

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