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#1 thirdroc17 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 07:09 PM

I thought I'd really stumbled into a find on this engine, now I'm not so sure.

Has anyone here had experience with them? Is reliability an issue or not? Many parts are already unavailable, so it might be a moot point once I get into it anyway.

Thanks ahead time for your thoughts and opinions on this engine.

Dale

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 07:54 PM

I was talking to a guy on craigslist who had one on a power king. Said he had it 5 years and no problems.

Really want one of those. What is the compression ratio like 9:1

Things like the cyl head arent available, std rods, etc.

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 08:02 PM

Where there is a will there is a way to keep em going. Might get pricey. I would love to have a Kohler K361. I haven't heard anything bad about them as far as reliability, just about parts being more expensive.

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 08:06 PM

I think hes talking about the seats coming loose and the top end lubrication

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 10:43 AM

:yeah_that::yeah_that: Mike , they are a power house, what the guy had told you is true, you can not run this engine slow, lack of oil on top, and cooling. The cams are desirable in the flatheads for the pullers. I have seen a lot of these parted and the head is normally the part that has issues . Shawn

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 03:08 PM

I did a lot of research when I bought mine [PK 2418] and really all I found wrong with them is the cooling fins get plugged easily and the excessive heat is what loosens the valve seats and overheats the engine.

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Posted March 20, 2011 - 06:07 PM

Thanks fellas. From you comments, I know what to look for. While it's bought and paid for, I don't have it in my possession as yet. Looking at the parts prices that are available, the top end has to be pristine, or rebuilding it won't be an option.

Why the rebuild? "It runs but smokes." I'd be putting it in my blower tractor and would need every ounce of power I can get out of it. Plus, it would have to do so reliably.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 07:52 AM

Good engine if you can keep the valves seats in the head.




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