Picked up a '53 Super A and it appears to be weeping coolant from the block on the left side by the carburetor, Didn't know about this potential problem as this is my first Super A after owning Cubs for a number of years. I read about it after the fact...oh well.
As I look at it closer, it looks like someone "painted" something on the side of the block at some point as it looks like brush marks. The rest of the block looks like regular cast iron with grime and age on it. No clearly visible weld. The weeper was hidden pretty well. Didn't leak either time I looked at it but once I got it home and ran it a bit it has started to leak.
I guess my options are put some JB Weld on it and see what happens, have it welded or get a new block/complete engine. I do know what the right answer is but how long or how much can I use it as is? I anticipate using this tractor for plowing snow and maybe some field work(cultivating) but my Cubs will handle most of the field work.
Looking for suggestions, thoughts or experience with this problem. General price estimates for bare/long block etc. I might have some leads on engines here in MI.
Also the thought of going with a C123 engine, I think is an option. Will that cause sheetmetal mounting problems? I think I read the C123 is taller.
Any other weak points to look at when I start looking for used engines?