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Farmall BN restoration

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Rodger Wells

06-03-2002 10:05:54

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I am getting ready to restore a '47 BN that has been sitting inside a shed for 28 years. A friend told me that he has heard of mice getting inside the head of the engine and recommends that I pull the head off before I attempt to fire her up. Anyone out there care to comment on that probability? Heard about this problem? I don't want to pop the head off if I don't think it worthwhile!

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06-04-2002 09:17:00

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 Re: Farmall BN restoration in reply to Rodger Wells, 06-03-2002 10:05:54  
I have seen on this board tales of mice in the manifold, junk from nest and rodents then may fall into piston area, If they have setup housekeeping inside manifold you wouldn't want to suck that into engine. Evidence of habitation should be obvious. was exhaust always covered ?

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gene b

06-03-2002 11:14:56

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 Re: Farmall BN restoration in reply to Rodger Wells, 06-03-2002 10:05:54  
no way a mouse could get by an open valve he would have to crawl down the exhaust pipe first but they probably in the tourque tube better blow out the clutch and pressure platefresh gas and new oil and go for it

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Red Dave

06-03-2002 10:24:15

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 Re: Farmall BN restoration in reply to Rodger Wells, 06-03-2002 10:05:54  
I got a B out of a barn where it had been for 10 years and it had mice in the clutch, bell housing and torque tube, but I never heard of one with mice in the head.
If you want to be sure, and don't otherwise need to remove the head, I'd pull the sparkplugs and stick a piece of wire with a hook on the end into the cylinder and see if any evidence comes out.
Or, if you pull the manifold off and don't find any evidence of mice, it seems to me that you are safe.

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