An update to start-up of the Ford 1500..... sort of !!. Finally got a little time between spring garden/ yard chores.
I borrowed the battery from the Shi 14 and after getting new cables hooked up was glad to find out the switch still works.
That was the good....the not so good was it only turn the engine about a 1/2 a turn. After several tries ,I decided I better look closer. While it was trying to turn I noticed something odd about the air cleaner, which had the top vent cover removed to raise the hood. It was FULL of water.....!
I had tried to turn the engine with a ratchet on front crank bolt last week . It had turned easily but I only turned it just enough to see if it was free....maybe a 1/4 turn. I tried it again and it stopped about 1/2 to 3/4 of turn. Would turn backwards but was gurgling......bad.
After taking the air cleaner off all the way to the intake manifold and it was full of water too. I took the glow plugs out hoping it would drain the water out of the cylinder that was keeping the engine from turning all the way around. All the while I`m thinking busted block. I decide to go ahead and drain the crankcase and it had a bunch of water in it......bad.
After turning it by hand it finally cleared the cylinder and turned freely several rounds to get as much water out as I could. Good and even better was that the radiator stayed full as I turned the engine. Maybe not a busted block.
After thinking the water level in the air cleaner was probably higher than the top radiator hose ,I`m thinking (hoping) the water had got into the engine thru the air cleaner, manifold , open valve....? How ???...who knows. The guys that operated the tractors probably weren`t mechanics so how it got in there is anybody`s guess. The fact that you have to remove the air vent to open the hood and they had robbed the battery cables and battery so it may have set there for a long time with the air cleaner open.
I poured some of the old fuel I drained out of the tank down the oil fill in valve cover and filled the intake manifold and rotated the engine some more to try get as much of the water out thru the crankcase drain. It would shoot fuel/water 20 feet out the holes where I removed the glow plugs when it hit the compression cycle (I`m guessing).
I had to get some gardening done so that`s where I stopped. After turning it quite a few rounds the water in the radiator hasn`t moved at all which I taking as a good sign.
A question I have that some of you all may be able to help me with.....Does the glow plug go into the cylinder or just into the intake manifold above the cylinder????
I couldn`t tell by looking at my parts manual ??
Thanks for any help guys.