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    1953 60 head gasket replacment

    Hi everyone,

    I just acquired a 1953 60 that the PO said that the head gasket was leaking, When it warms up a little, I want to get to working on it.
    Do I need any special tools to work on it.

    Thanks Tom B.

    Here are a few pictures of the 60.
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    1953 60 head gasket replacment

    No sir. No special tools needed. You just need big sockets, wrenches, and a strong back. Parts are big and heavy.

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    TomBjd140,

    Looks like a nice original 60. Back in those days they used lead washers on the head bolts, some people have said they are not needed anymore, maybe they are, maybe they arent, but packs of 50 can be bought pretty cheap, so i have always put them back on.

    And i know that you just got it, but you may want to go ahead and take a look at the valves, since you already have it off i would go ahead and have the head freshened up. Most machine shops charge about 200 bucks to grind the seats and the valves, especially since you are right there.

    Some people use copper coat on the head gasket, im kind of a cheap skate and use a heavy rattle can gray primer and put a light coat on both sides, let it get tacky, then put it all together. To date, this has not let me down.

    What are your plans with it? I dont know how familiar you are with deeres in general, but on john deeres web site you can download the parts manual, and from deere you can get the original service manual. The parts catalog is a free download, the service manual is like 30 bucks, but the best money you will spend on the ol girl. You can find off brands, for about the same money, but you will regret it.

    Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlock0331 View Post
    TomBjd140,

    Looks like a nice original 60. Back in those days they used lead washers on the head bolts, some people have said they are not needed anymore, maybe they are, maybe they arent, but packs of 50 can be bought pretty cheap, so i have always put them back on.

    And i know that you just got it, but you may want to go ahead and take a look at the valves, since you already have it off i would go ahead and have the head freshened up. Most machine shops charge about 200 bucks to grind the seats and the valves, especially since you are right there.

    Some people use copper coat on the head gasket, im kind of a cheap skate and use a heavy rattle can gray primer and put a light coat on both sides, let it get tacky, then put it all together. To date, this has not let me down.


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    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for the welcome!!

    dieselshadow,
    I hope I don't have to tear it down that far to fix the head gasket on mine!!!!
    I have the right tools for the job and a strong back, I am getting the neighbor to help me, He has worked on them before, so hopefully it will go somewhat smooth.

    TLock0331,
    Thanks for the information about working on my 60, any help is Greatly Appreciated.
    My plan is to take it to a local machine shop and have them clean and mill the head.

    I grew up on a John Deere 50 & 70 when I was kid, and always wanted a 1957 620 because they were made when I was made!!!
    This 60 became available at the right price, So it will do for now!! I plan to use it to rake hay and mess around pulling hay wagons.
    Someday I hope to find a JD 55 2-14" plow, And play around plowing with it.


    It will be awhile before it gets done, but if I need any help I won't be afraid to ask.

    Thanks for now
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    The pics I posted were from a parts tractor I was tearing down. I'm in the middle of restoring my Grandpa's 60.

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    Thanks for the pics! I grew up on a 53-60, but it didn't have power steering. Not much fun with a 4-row front mount cultivator!
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    I have 3 60's, some of you have seen 2 of them, a low seat standard and an orchard, neither were equipped with power steering, my row crop 60 doesnt have it yet, BUT, i have all the parts laying in the shop, just trying to get a free few days of not working on other crap to get to it, sure would make it a lot nicer haha

    TomBjd140 - a 2/14 would work good behind it, were you looking for a 3pt, trip, or hydraulic? I tell ya, i wish i was better at setting them up, thats on my to do list....

    my edit - OH YEA thats an awesome set of lawn mowers! LOVE IT! again...someday...i would like to get a 60 and 70 riding lawn mower to go with my 60's & 70's model tractors. if i could find them cheap enough
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