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    Question Just out of curiosity...

    Y'all know I'm going through a mild "crustoration" on my model 60 over in the restore forum.

    My question to you guys is this. Do I go ahead and pull the motor apart and go through it or leave it be and just get it running? My Grandpa was ready to go out and start it when I got it, but it's a ways away from that, even then. I am going to rebuild the water pump, carb, distributor, and possibly the oil pump and governor. I'll be pulling the top cover off and thoroughly cleaning it as well. It would be much more work other than gaskets and rings to pull the head off. The only real issue becomes of that is, what pistons do I install? Do I bore it? I'd like this to be a useable tractor, look fairly stock, but be very reliable, and lastly I'd like to maybe pull with it at the local tractor shows and such.

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    If I pulled the cylinders, I'd think about having them chromed, if they are out of specs. Then they would be good for our lifetimes! (And yes, I't probably plan on pulling the cylinders! Easier to do it while you are restoring, than having to do it later. JMO)
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmgirl19 View Post
    If I pulled the cylinders, I'd think about having them chromed, if they are out of specs. Then they would be good for our lifetimes! (And yes, I't probably plan on pulling the cylinders! Easier to do it while you are restoring, than having to do it later. JMO)
    Ha Ha. You've been working on radials too long. I don't think the cylinders come off.
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    Just my .02 worth. How can you say it is restored if the engine is still original??? But more important, how happy would you be if you were in a parade or some other public venue and the engine decided to crap out on you. It would seem a shame to do all the restoration work that you are already doing and not finish the job with possibly the most important part. Reliability will always be in question until you rebuild the engine. A stock rebuild would seem to be just fine unless you really want to turn up the power for the tractor pulls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arlen View Post
    Ha Ha. You've been working on radials too long. I don't think the cylinders come off.
    The cylinder block does come out as one piece. The crankcase is the the same casting as the trans. This is where the s/n resides.

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    Just my .02 worth. How can you say it is restored if the engine is still original??? But more important, how happy would you be if you were in a parade or some other public venue and the engine decided to crap out on you. It would seem a shame to do all the restoration work that you are already doing and not finish the job with possibly the most important part. Reliability will always be in question until you rebuild the engine. A stock rebuild would seem to be just fine unless you really want to turn up the power for the tractor pulls.

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    I'm not doing a restoration.... I'm still not positive I'm even going to paint it! My goal is to have a good mechanically operating tractor that no one is afraid to get on and use. My Grandpa wouldn't have cared if it looked good. As long as it ran good, he was all set. I'm going to give the project my own twist of course, but the overall goal is not a factory restoration that you commonly see at tractor shows.

    I will at a minimum go through the items I listed earlier, as well as a thorough inspection to insure reliability. I'm just not sure if I'm going to completely rebuild it and put more ponies in it. At least right now.....
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    I probably wouldn't tear it all the way down right now.

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    You have done such a great job on Grandpa thus far, would have to go through the engine as well if it where me, especially if you are thinking of pulling with it. Hopefully you won't have any major setbacks once you get it apart. It's only time and money which we all have plenty of right?
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    Well I the type of guy that buys something and has to take it apart as soon as I get home to see how it works. So if it were me I would probably take the engine apart if for nothing else to see how it works.
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    I think I'd get it running and see how I like the sound. If it's not "right" then I go further into it. Like you said, you're not necessarily looking for it to be show quality.

    And, btw, you're doing a great job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arlen View Post
    Ha Ha. You've been working on radials too long. I don't think the cylinders come off.
    You say that like it is a bad thing. Hey, at least I could attempt to understand those engines. All of the new fangled stuff, with computer chips no less, well, I'll never understand those things!
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