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Case S cracked block

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CK from ON, Canada.

04-18-2006 18:35:08

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I have a 1952 Case S thats got a crack in the block. Im told it got cracked by not using antifreeze in the coolant, but straight water- and it froze. Can water freezing even crack the casting? It has been arc welded quite well, and sealed with JB Weld. It did run rough 6 years ago but sat ever since. Should I even attempt to repair this machine to usable condition? I have two Case S, but wondering if the cracked one is worth fixing, or if I should part it out to fix the other... The crack seems to be around the piston area, is it a serious issue? I suppose I might have to pull it apart to check how deep it cracked. Any input would be helpful.

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CK from ON, Canada,

04-19-2006 15:44:04

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 Re: Case S cracked block in reply to CK from ON, Canada., 04-18-2006 18:35:08  
Thanks for the ideas. I will run the old Case if I can find the time- it wont take much to get her running. Judging by the quality of the welds someone laid on it, it was likely well repaired, and might not need anything. I hope to get the both of the Case S back to workable condition.

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C. Amick

04-19-2006 14:07:26

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 Re: Case S cracked block in reply to CK from ON, Canada., 04-18-2006 18:35:08  
As long as the cracks don't extend down beyond "O" ring seal that keeps coolant from leaking from around the cylinder sleeves into the oil, it should be repairable. Check to see if you are getting any coolant into the oil pan? If not, everything is probably repairable. If you do, then either you have a crack or just a bad "O" ring seal.

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Walt Davies

04-19-2006 08:08:12

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 Re: Case S cracked block in reply to CK from ON, Canada., 04-18-2006 18:35:08  
Most of these type of cracks are superfiscal and can be welded or brazed to to repair them. the out wall of the block is the weakest part and YES it will crack do to water freezinf in side. I would test things out by getting it running and seeing if it has any other problems before parting it out. You might just be able to save an old tractor and that always makes one feel good. Walt

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