MTF Junior Poster
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: British Columbia Canada
Re: 1968 4500 tractor/backhoe engine problem
Yes, seemed like a huge job at the start,but I had bought all the manuals ,five in total ten years ago from the ford dealer for a very good price,i suppose the just wanted to get rid of them. Well it showed in there how to break it apart and I just did it one step at time,actually they are quite easy break apart, like anything once you have done it ,it seems easy.I couldn't afford to hire someone to do the whole job,once I had the motor out i took it to a fellow who works on heavy equipment in the field,after a little discussion we decided on how to fix the leak,I looked after that and he suggested we through some rings and bearings in it while we had it opened up. instead of wasting time cleaning the pistons up we bought new pistons with the rings installed,he slapped it back together,I put it in,he came over and helped me fire it up. I learnt a lot on this project and it was very satisfying to see it run better than ever.the only thing I forgot was to put a block heater in it.I'm sixty years old and still learning, to answer you question the engine,trans and diff were blue along with the bolster . When I bought it I had my buddy sandblast it and paint it with what we had and that was Cat Yellow,originally it was painted that pale yellow the ford used with the blue chassis like the ag tractors.