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Old 03-12-2018, 05:11 PM   #1
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Today I decided to tear apart an A engine and see what shape it was really in. I bought it as an engine that had supposedly been 4 or 5 years ago and never used. When I got it all of the various inlets had been taped up. When I pulled the pan I found that the inside of the crankcase was spotless. It had new timing gears and a counterbalanced crank. When I pulled the head I found they had used a copper headgasket with no type of sealant.Head studs and nuts were new and loose and the head slipped right off. I found that it had all new valves and now I could say for sure new pistons that had never been run. The head and the block resurfaced. Now get this!! When I lifted the headgasket I noticed some debris in one of the water holes in the block. As I started removing it I discovered it was cotton. And it just kept coming and coming. It was stuffed full of cotton. Finally I got it all out ( I hope) and looked more closely at the head and it also was stuffed with cotton. I can't see how all of that cotton got in there. There was no hint of cotton visible around any inlet. I'll bet I have inadvertently stumbled across some ones secret method for sealing cracks in heads and blocks...you think?
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:34 PM   #2
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Mice.
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Old 03-12-2018, 05:41 PM   #3
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Mice and be advised they pee in their own bed.
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:00 PM   #4
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Take a long straight coat hanger and dig around as deep as you can go. Then take a good vacuum and seal off any place the air is escaping and start sucking . You will be amazed at what comes out. You really lucky that they do a dance in the cylinder bores. Let us know what you find when it’s all cleaned out .
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:12 PM   #5
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Turn the block upside down and clean and use compressed air to get all that carp out. Those damn mice have made a real mess inside your block and head. Any left over crap will plug your radiator, so I'd be sure to install a filter screen in the top hose.
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:50 PM   #6
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Wear a particulate respirator, coveralls and gloves! You can get Hantavirus and several other nasties from dust stirred up while cleaning up after rodents.
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