Monday, November 23, 2015
The Old Girl is in the Shop
I loaded the 861 diesel up this afternoon and took her in to get a complete overhaul. No telling how long she will be gone and until she gets cracked open we won't know how extensive the damage is. She may come back with a gas engine if things are too bad or might be scraped. I can find plenty of replacement gas engines but haven't found a single diesel one that will fit her.
Let's hope it won't come to that though and I can get just about all other parts for her upto a crank shaft if needed just no blocks or salvage engines.
I ran her through the car wash and cleaned all the years of grime off then started her up to take her into the shop. She started clanking and grinding before I made it 10 foot so she was pushed into place rather than risking putting a rod through the block.
If everything appears fixable she will come back a new tractor with a new front hood and some freshly painted parts as well.
I did discover that it wasn't the oil plug that caused the problem. I am pretty sure what happened now is that she blew the main seal between the engine and the transmission.
See where that white arrow is pointing under the tractor and just in front of the rear tire? There is a small reservoir there that hangs down on the transmission end of the tractor and it has a hole in it. When I started the old girl up today oil came out of that hole like a sieve. I am not sure what the little hole is for or if there is suppose to be a bolt in there but I am pretty damned sure engine oil is not suppose to be that far back and that it is more than likely coming from the engine hence the main seal theory.
Anyway these are the before pictures now. If she is worth saving she will come back looking much different in a few months.
The mechanic who is working on her has given me permission to come visit too :)
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!!