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#406 HDWildBill ONLINE  

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Posted October 22, 2012 - 05:33 PM

Man another one bits the dust! Hope you can fix it and not cost to much.

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Posted October 22, 2012 - 08:14 PM

Turns out what I told Dad first was correct. I never even got to hear what Josh & Dad said was a loud knock. It happened to them on my day off & I never heard it run after. I told Dad the knock may have just been from a blown head gasket & turns out that's all it was,....blown between cylinders. Not long since we put a new gasket on due to an oil passage area leak. This time the head gets decked, and a full valve job done on it. Not a big deal fortunately! I want to be sure to torque the head myself. Dad being almost 87, he sometimes slips up, as even I do at 54.

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Posted October 22, 2012 - 08:20 PM

I think your Dad does great at 87! I can't imagine being 87 and doing what he does on the farm. :thumbs:
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Posted October 22, 2012 - 08:57 PM

I think your Dad does great at 87! I can't imagine being 87 and doing what he does on the farm. :thumbs:


I totally agree! He amazes me every day! He kinda fussed about the air over hydraulic engine hoist I bought a couple years ago, but he sure hushed that when he first used it! I knew it would make his work easier. The smarter you can work, the easier it is on you.
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Posted October 22, 2012 - 09:08 PM

Glad to hear it's nothing major wrong with the engine. Sometimes it's just a bad gasket from the supplier.

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 06:33 AM

Glad it was the gasket. Might as well get it decked and do the valves while its off. How long since it had rings?

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 10:55 AM

Glad to hear it was a head gasket and not broken piston or something of that nature, do you have a local shop that can do the machine work?
Work like that in this area has to be shipped out by the local auto parts to their sister store that still has a machine shop, 60 miles away......

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 12:13 PM

Yes, we have shops within 20 miles to do any machine work needed. Engine used no oil at all, and rebuilt just before we got it. We since rebuilt the injectors in the MF285. Louisville injection shipped the Cat's injectors back today. $310 to rebuild them. I headed south with 2 cull cows this morning, while Dad went north & picked up the Cat's head. The guy surfaced the head, put in new guides, and a complete valve job including 4 new exhaust valves.

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 04:39 PM

Quite a busy day. Looks like the Cat will be back in action before long. What do you do with the cull cows?

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 04:51 PM

Glad to hear it is a pretty easy fix on the engine. The machine shop I use is about 40 miles away but well worth the drive. The one closer to the house is no goo anymore. The old owner retired and sold it to a guy who is running it into the ground,.

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 05:27 PM

Quite a busy day. Looks like the Cat will be back in action before long. What do you do with the cull cows?


Head is back on the Cat waiting for the injectors to arrive. $320 to go through the head. Not bad at all for what he did. $310 for the injectors, and $749 for the rebuild kit. for a total of $1379 to rebuild the engine.

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 07:31 PM

Not to bad to get it back up and running.

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 02:23 PM

The Cat loader lives again!

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Back where she belongs!

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Waiting on the head to be gone through, and gaskets to arrive on the Massey 285. I had forgotten that we rebuilt this Massey a few years ago, new sleeves & all.

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 02:27 PM

Glad to you got the Cat back in the pit where she belongs. Does it feel stronger, or not enough time yet for break in to tell?

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 03:07 PM

Congrats on getting the loader back in running shape.




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