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#16 toppop52 ONLINE  

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Posted May 29, 2015 - 06:20 AM

I use heat around the area and tap lightly with a hammer around the perimeter, many ways to skin the cat.

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Posted May 29, 2015 - 07:03 AM

I'm not familiar with the B&S. With a Kohler it's pretty easy to break out the block if you go banging around with a hammer and/or cold chisel.

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Posted May 29, 2015 - 09:30 PM

No offense, but if you hit hard enough to break it, you're doing it wrong. I barely tap around the heated area with a brass hammer or dead blow. Been doing it like this for 50 years, as well as other ways.

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Posted May 29, 2015 - 10:13 PM

Agreed. Patience and being gentle is key. I have had things frozen that seemed like they would never break free. Keep penetrating oil and working it a little every day or two. For me, if I start get aggravated with it, it's time to go do something else before it's tempting to get ham handed. Then one day it moves a little. At that point, I spray it and tighten it up, then back out as far as it will go. And keep spraying. I tell my boys to treat stuck bolts and such like women--a gentle touch will go a long ways.

There is a lot of wisdom in this post. I've had to do it thousands of times in my life. Sometimes, just walking away for a little bit makes all the difference.

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Posted June 02, 2015 - 07:21 PM

Got the 1-1/4" street el out of the block. 16 hp Briggs, old block.   :worship:


1st, lots of PB Blaster and tap, tap, tap. A weeks worth.

Then a few days of acetone and automatic trans fluid, squirt, squirt, squirt (Thanks for the tip!).


Then, frustrated, cut the lock nut off. Cut the street el off 'bout 1/4" away from the block.

Carefully, sitting relaxed, drilled 1/8" dia holes 'bout eight of them in the fitting close to center to

avoid touching the block at all.


1/8" drift pin, tap, tap, tap, a piece broke out of the fitting. Slowly the fitting folded in, then I easily threaded the block out. Cleaned the block threads, using Never-Seez installed a long nipple and muffler.


I'm going to change the exhaust piping but, workin' great. Got to finish the hood and some other stuff.

The street el was a pain in the you-know-what!


Tried the mid-mount grader blade for a bit. Very nice!   :peace:


Edited by Tankman, June 02, 2015 - 07:27 PM.

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Posted June 03, 2015 - 12:46 AM

the grader is my favorite !! congrats  :thumbs:

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Posted June 03, 2015 - 08:15 AM

I totally agree heat and melt wax is a great method and I turn to it before I would even think of a petrenting lube.


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