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03-27-2016 17:48:23

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I have a 1954 ford NAA that I've had for 8 years and I'm the second owner. It was bought new by a friend of mine's grandpa and about 12 years ago he passed away and my buddy had the motor rebuilt, new clutch,and completely repainted. After that it set for about 4 years and I bought it. All I had to do to get it running was change battery, points and put gas in it. I just use it to sickle mow the ditches,some bush hogging and rake hay. Last fall I found a small oil leak around the push rod cover, and just got around to replacing the gasket. When I pulled the push rod cover off there was a lot of gunk and the drain holes was about half way plugged up, so I cleaned it up and changed oil,it still has about 50 pounds plus oil pressure.Its a great tractor starts right up and haven't had to do hardly anything to it and it only has 743 hours on it since rebuild. It kinda bothers me about all the gunk that I found behind the push rod cover. Should I pull the valve cover and clean it all up or is there a good way to flush (clean) the inside of the motor ? Any thoughts or advice ?
Thanks Joe

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Sean in PA

03-28-2016 15:57:05

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 Re: 54 NAA in reply to joe201, 03-27-2016 17:48:23  
A small amount of ATF for a short period of time shouldn't cause any engine damage, but a good detergent motor oil for a bit longer like old recommended is a better way to go in my opinion. If it was really gunky in there then change it again after maybe 20 or 25 hours to see how dark the oil gets in that short of a time and see how much gunk comes out with it, and that should give you an idea of how long to leave the next batch in before changing it out the next time.

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03-28-2016 15:40:01

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 Re: 54 NAA in reply to joe201, 03-27-2016 17:48:23  
I just changed the oil and filter and used Pennzoil 10-30 high mileage oil. I have been using that Pennzoil high mileage oil in my other tractors and have had good luck. A friend of mine told me to put a quart of transmission fluid and run it at a high idle for a hour or so,and change oil. I'm scared that might do some motor damage. Any thoughts ?
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03-27-2016 19:02:05

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 Re: 54 NAA in reply to joe201, 03-27-2016 17:48:23  
Stuff like that can happen when non-detergent oil was used or one of the old Wax based oils like Quaker State. If it was mine I would run a good oil like say Valvoline 20W-50 and run it for say 100 hours then change the oil again

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