While the head is off, at a minimum, rotate the engine and verify the valves operate. And I would agree with the above, pull each valve and clean / lap them with compound. Will only add a small amount of labor - minor cost for compound and it will ensure no leaks at least around the valves.
My point oh two, fwiw, yada yada yada.....
Agreed, and done. I had a friend help lap the valves since he's done it before. Cleaned everything real good including wire brushing the head, top block, and valves. Checked the valves and they look like they are closing good.
I then drained the oil and changed the oil filter. Installed the new gasket set using the copper spray sealant and thread sealer on the new head bolts. Torqued to spec and topped off the oil and anitfreeze. Oh, replaced the original hoses too and got rid of the old school tower clamps. I went to try and start it but had gas dripping out of the carb so I ordered a new carb kit. I had soaked the carb overnight then rebuilt it. Placed the carb on yesterday and she sputter to life!! Took a little coaxing but finally took off after 30 seconds or so. Runs like at top!Thanks to everyone here with their tips and advice, much appreciated!!
Now the bad news... I went to back it out of the garage but the driveshaft wont stop spinning even with the clutch depressed. Seems like the clutch is froze from sitting. I will be working on that next but hopefully will be cutting our back field soon!
Thanks, I am going to try that as well as. I’ve been told, that trying to start it in third gear can also free up the clutch too. I can’t imagine it’s too “frozen” but then again I’ve heard horror stories of Farmall cubs where they had to split the engine from the rear to take the pressure plate apart. We’ll see, fingers crossed. I will say it’s nice to hear it putter again and I can’t wait to cut some grass with it!!
Yikes, no doubt the tree idea works but honestly, no big tress on the property where the tractor is kept (sister's house), except for some pine trees that line the property boundry. Not sure my sister would want me cutting off the lower branches and banging into them. LOL but good to know. I will get someone to pull me around with my truck and try it in different gears. Are there any advantages to using the brakes at all? Just thinking it might help when I go across concrete, especially it the tires grab hard enough to jar the tractor?The method Mike suggested can work, especially if you are working alone, though please be careful. If you have a helper, tow it around with the clutch pedal pressed in. Any forward gear should work or try them all.
Good advise here.. so if I chain to the front I don't want to hurt the front axle yanking on it (I'll have a friend pulling me around in my 88' F-150). Maybe use a cloth tow strap instead of a chain around the axle? Not remembering if the front has a hitch point or something?3rd gear