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Rough running perkins

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Joe Rhodes

07-03-2012 21:41:32

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I have a Dexta with a 3 cylinder perkins Diesel. It is blowing white smoke when it starts up. It runs rough.It spits and sputters. It clears up a little when it gets hot but then it is to hot to run. There is no water in the oil. It is running hot. I am thinking it is a blown head gasket. or could it be a cracked head? Any suggestions would be appericated

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07-05-2012 12:13:14

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 Re: Rough running perkins in reply to Joe Rhodes, 07-03-2012 21:41:32  
Try fordsontractorpages.nl/pbb3

This the part of that bulletin board just for Dextas.
I had one for 20 years, a lovely little tractor. I"m old enough now for a cabbed 4835 but for the open air my 8600 does the trick for me. Good luck with the Dexta.

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Ultradog MN

07-05-2012 05:27:42

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 Re: Rough running perkins in reply to Joe Rhodes, 07-03-2012 21:41:32  
Some folks here may know those Dextas but as a general rule this board is mostly focused on the Fords not the Fordsons. You might have better luck on the Fordson board or I think I read somewhere that there is a good Fordson forum on the internet somewhere. You might try googling it.
That said, it is a ohv engine after all so I would say you are on the right track with your thinking a bad head gasket or even a cracked head.
As a start I would fill the radiator up, start the tractor and watch for bubbling and/or exhaust gasses in the radiator.
Are you getting any water/antifreeze in the oil?
I would pay close attention to that.

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