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crack in engine block

Tue May 21, 2013 5:54 pm

Hey everyone I have a 48 cub and it has a crack in the engine block in the corner beside the steering gear box,it apears to have been brazed before, can it be successfully repaired or should I start looking for a replacement block? I am new to this blog and hope it is a helpful and friendly community.
thanks

Re: crack in engine block

Tue May 21, 2013 6:50 pm

Welcome to the best forum on the web!

That is a common repair and weakness. Many are out there that have been repaired and engine braces have been designed to support the "ear" that has been repaired and prevent failure in good blocks. Is it leaking oil? About the only thing I would not do is rebuild an engine with a broken ear. Many have been running them for years with no problem.

Re: crack in engine block

Tue May 21, 2013 6:54 pm

Welcome Ron. Bob has got you covered.

Bill

Re: crack in engine block

Tue May 21, 2013 7:15 pm

Welcome to the forum Ron, I also have a Cub with a cracked block. I have obtained the braces mentioned by Bob and plan on a repair previously posted here.
Check this link out. viewtopic.php?f=141&t=17325
Bill

Re: crack in engine block

Tue May 21, 2013 7:24 pm

I also have a welded ear on my 53. I've worked that Cub hard and it's holding up well. I know some have been brazed, but mine is welded. I don't have any extra bracing, but I probably should. It wouldn't bother me a bit to do an in frame overhaul on that engine, but if I had to pull the engine, I would replace the block.

Re: crack in engine block

Tue May 21, 2013 7:29 pm

Ron:

G'day to you and welcome. I have no problem with installing ear supports on a block with a cracked ear. My '48, Ellie-Mae has a crack .. weeping just a tiny drop of oil every now and then. Currently installing the ear supports as I redo the front tire.

There are lots of resources available here for our members. Suggest taking a bit of time and following the links below:

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Re: crack in engine block

Tue May 21, 2013 8:53 pm

I can supply you with braces , I had them designed and built because of a similar problem with my 49 Cub . P/M me if interested and I will send pics and prices ETC.
Berlin

Re: crack in engine block

Tue May 21, 2013 9:09 pm

RonH48cub wrote: I am new to this blog and hope it is a helpful and friendly community.

Well what do you think? :)
I have found that this is the most friendly forum on the web so far and the help you will receive is second to none.

Re: crack in engine block

Wed May 22, 2013 3:10 pm

Ron, This is one of the friendliest forums you will find. We don't mind answering any question (no such thing as a dumb question). You can help yourself some by doing a search, and also navigating around the how to and manuals and different threads.

Again welcome

Re: crack in engine block

Wed May 22, 2013 8:46 pm

yes it is leaking a little oil , and I think the supports that were mentioned will help.Berlin I will be getting in touch with you soon

Re: crack in engine block

Thu May 23, 2013 5:47 am

RonH48cub, hey, welcome to the forum from Arkansas. Like Mike said, spend some good quality time checking out all the tons of information: If you think the forum is friendly try to attend some of the CubFest around and you will meet some terrific people.

Re: crack in engine block

Thu May 23, 2013 5:55 am

i have one tractor , a '51 that has a brazed "ear" ( i have no idea when it was repaired) , and it has been worked hard . i get a drip of oil every now and then . no braces . for my purposes , its no big deal . i will put a brace (thanks Rick Prentice, i got two out of your last run ) on the '48 , no crack , yet . coppersmythe.....................

Re: crack in engine block

Thu May 23, 2013 7:31 am

randallc wrote:RonH48cub, hey, welcome to the forum from Arkansas. Like Mike said, spend some good quality time checking out all the tons of information: If you think the forum is friendly try to attend some of the CubFest around and you will meet some terrific people.

I'll second that!!! In fact, come play with your cub "neighbours" at Boss' VA Cubfest May 31- June 1. You can ask your questions in person, help out with various projects learning the fun, "hands-on" way, and generally have lots of fun and meet lots of friendly, knowledgeable folks!!

Check it out, welcome and good luck!! :big smile: