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I finally got this Massey-Ingersoll home. Other than the huge hole in the block (Kohler 18hp Onan clone) it is in pretty good shape. It appears bigger than the normal Ingersolls because they put this much wider plastic dash over the stock dash and made the hood about 4" wider. The Massey dealer that I got it from said that they had a lot of heating issues. It's hard to tell from the picture but extra louvres were put in the top of the hood and the holes in the side of the hood were a factory recall cut in by the dealer. I'll try to get some pictures of the damaged block but it is not in a good spot for patching. I do have a Kohler 16 opposed twin block if all else fails. I don't know why the deck is Power Red. The dealer said that that is how some of them came. The only identification is on the SN tag where it says "Made by IEC".


 

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I have to say that, to me... this "engine problem" would not be a big deal. I would try to figure out what is directly below that hole in the block. If there were no moving parts close to it, then I would try the following fix.

- vacuum up any loose material near the hole but have a rag stuffed in the hole to keep crap from falling inside.

- wash the area around the hole with solvent while still having the rag in place.

- remove the rag and use a small wire-cup brush to scuff up the aluminum.

- either patch the hole with that liquid metal stuff

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- find a "plastic nail", drill a hole in a suitable sized tire patch and stuff the tire patch through the hole in the block while holding onto the plastic nail.

- while continuing to hold the nail, fill the hole with the High Temp Red silicone sealant and allow it to set up while still holding the nail in position.

The patch will keep the silicone from drooping into the engine's crankcase. Leave this to cure for 24 hours. Then add another coat that overlaps the edges of the hole even further and let it cure for 24 hours. Cut the nail flush and spray paint the area to suit.

The crankcase has a breather. If it is functioning properly, then there should be no strain on the silicone patch from crankcase pressures. Even if the patch failed and fell into the engine, no part of it is metal to cause damage.


As for the deck, I'd probably strip a deck that needed to be rebuilt anyway and repaint it the Massey Red or go with semi-gloss black ....including the complete Mule. Right now, the deck just does not look right.
 

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The hole is in a bad spot. It's right where the jug (cast iron) seats on the block (aluminum). Without pulling the jug, I don't know where the damage stops. The hole is the size of a quarter but the damaged area is about 4 sq inches.
 

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If it is that small, I'd not even bother with the tire patch. I'd coat the badly pitted area with the liquid aluminum epoxy stuff, smooth it out nice and then after that stuff is cured, use the red Hi-Temp silicone to close the hole. What do you have to lose? That engine base is so badly corroded from the mouse urine that you could never build that area up with aluminum weld. However, if you patched it and the patch holds until the engine starts blowing oil smoke from too many hours of use, that's the time to worry about it. It's all about whether the performance of the engine is compromised in some way and in my opinion, it isn't.
 

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I have one of these tractors and it does not have holes in the side of the hood. It also has a red deck Massey REd. I can,t belive that engine is so rusty, a hole rusted in the block, wow. Horton20
 

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horton20 said:
I have one of these tractors and it does not have holes in the side of the hood. It also has a red deck Massey REd. I can,t belive that engine is so rusty, a hole rusted in the block, wow. Horton20
I have one of these as well and it also does not have the holes in the hood, although I did hear that they overheat.

My deck was Massey red but I have since sold it.
 
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