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The tractor had a model 44 loader attached. It was probably no issue when starting tractor the pump was automatically engaged. I would have an issue with that. I just don't know why someone tore things apart and left them that way. I think this will be a good tractor when I am finished with it.

Today I got the exhaust adapters and intake manifold/carb removed from the engine. A couple more things to disconnect and I can lift the engine out of the frame. Need to drain engine oil. Once engine is raised I want to replace the oil pan then remove engine tins so I can pull the heads to scrape carbon off piston/head and replace oil filter adapter gasket. When reassembling I intend to check valve gaps and install new head, breather, intake, and exhaust gaskets. I need to order firewall insulator yet.
 
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Off again today and tomorrow to doctors appointments.
 

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Missing oil pan, head, carburetor, piston, and broken rod. Just too much missing to rebuild.

I had a couple of questions for Jim out at his repair shop. Sounds like his machine shop has closed. He has one other machining business he is willing to try but sounds like this area is loosing it's machine shop business's.

Also showed him the pto from the 318. He pointed something out to me that I missed. If the rotor is welded to the armature the pto is constantly engage. No shutoff. Guess I am in need of a pto clutch.
Running into the same thing here. Was going to have the engine in my 445 rebuilt, but, there aren't ANY machine shops around here anymore. There are automotive shops in larger cities, an hour or more drive away, but, they won't touch small engines..... I am not willing to crank out the money to have a 'new' engine dropped into it...... so, seems that tractor is only good for around the yard, no mowing or blowing duties, as it simply doesn't have the power. I don't really have the ability to go thru it myself.... Health issues preclude that. Not sure what I am gonna do with it at this point... Sell it for parts?
 

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Laurie had an MRI today and doctors appointment tomorrow to go over the results. After her appointment we met with our financial advisors to discuss what we are going to do with all the money the politicians say we will be getting back this year. We had a mid afternoon lunch and then about hour and a half drive home. Tired, don't think I will make it to the garage today.
 

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Did the previous owner use the pto setup to run the loader pump
 

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Did the previous owner use the pto setup to run the loader pump
I cannot answer that for sure. I bought the unit in southwest Pennsylvania and did not know previous owner. He did tell me a few things about tractor that were true but did not disclose many items I found when I started working on it. I did not want the tractor but seller offered it to me at a bargain price so I took it. He bought unit from someone else so what I was told may have passed down from owner before him. The pump would have run in the condition it was in but don't know for how long before it would have failed and possibly caused damage to the engine block.
 

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Cleaning up the top of the engine block.
  1. Was the Onan engine painted black from Onan on new 318 tractor?
  2. Can I paint valve/breather covers with regular Deere black or does it need to be hi-temp black?
 

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It was black,yes they can be painted with regular paint
 
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Both were covered with greasy dirt. Intake valve cover is pitted. The grunge on the breather cover was baked onto the cover. Used wire brush to clean both. I have new gaskets for both covers (2 on breather). I will check valve adjustment before I install these covers.

Left side head gasket appears to be loose. Won't know for sure until I remove the head.
 
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Wow,it’s been neglected,it will be happy when you finish it,they are sweet motors
U might think about lapping in the valves
 

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keep the updates/pics coming, i am enjoying your journey

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Hopefully I can get you more photos tomorrow.

Tomorrow I want to get the engine lifted and set on blocks in the frame so I can remove the tins to give me access to the heads. Want to start with breather side head to clean carbon from components and set the valves.

Largest issue I am concerned with is removing the oil pan and installing replacement. I need to lift engine out of the frame and fit the replacement pan to the frame to make sure it sits evenly on all 4 mounts. If not I will need to figure out some shim stock so when I tighten engine to frame it does not crack the replacement pan. This was something that had to be done when re-installing shovelhead engine in my Harley.
 
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Had to go out and turn off lights in the garage.

Found some ambition and did a little more work on the engine.

Removed the left side tin to expose the head bolts. I thought there was supposed to be hardware down inside the frame to remove the cover. Removed 3 bolts and was able to lift the cover off. There was a lot of oily grass clippings under the tin. I assume this was caused by not have a belly screen on the tractor. Removed the head bolts and head. Gasket was intact. Photos show condition of piston, valves, and head. Tomorrow hope to get these parts cleaned up, valves adjusted on this side, and head with new gasket installed.
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Just finished clearing snow so not getting work completed on the 318. I will work on it a while tonight after supper. Snow predicted again tomorrow so 318 work is slow right now.
 
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We got 4"-6" snowfall Saturday. Along with 2" on Thursday that I did not get completely cleared kept me busy yesterday. We are finally getting the snowfall we need but keeps me busy and not working on my projects. This morning I had dentist appointment so I am covered for awhile.

Heading to the garage here shortly. Priority today is I have to get the engine out of the 140 before I go back to work on the 318..

I got a reply from MTF member on a pto he has for sale so proceeding with that but I do need to make a shopping list for small stuff to put the Onan back together. On item that made me wince was $70 for a Deere oil pressure sensor.

Is there a way to test the oil pressure sensor?

I don't want to pull the engine again because the sensor does not work as intended. Probably will bite the bullet and buy new sensor.
 

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I don’t ever recall one being bad,the light comes on when the power is put to it wouldn’t that indicate it’s working,when the power is off it breaks the circuit and on the makes the circuit and no oil it drops the circuit out.?
 
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gabby

do you still need an oil pressure switch ? i have an old one from my B43e that was 2 years old, working fine until the engine blew up

if you still need one send me a PM w your address and i'll just send you mine. been enjoying your journey here.

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