I'm facing some tough decisions on my A. I still haven't cleaned the mud dauber nests out of the engine, and to do that I will have to:
Remove the head
Remove the crank pulley and front cover
Remove the oil pan (did this, just haven't cleaned it out yet, replaced pan temporarily)
I have already removed the front end, gas tank, carburetor, and the manifold. Every gasket I've come to needs replacing, and the manifold has some serious pitting on the sealing surface around one hole, so it will need sealer when it goes back on.
I want to go ahead and prep, prime and paint each part I have off of the tractor, as I get them off and clean them.
I'm just wondering this: It's always a possibility that the engine needs to be rebuilt. Because of the mud-dauber mess, I can't crank the tractor until I clean the engine out with the aforementioned steps, and get it put back together. I don't know what I'm talking about here, so help me out: I can't check compression on the engine without being able to crank the engine, right? Are there any other things I can check to know definitively whether or not I need to rebuild? What about when I remove the head?
I'm really enjoying working on this A, it's just that I'm worried that It's going to be a lot of wasted effort if I get it torn down, put back together, and THEN find out I have to rebuild the engine. I would have to tear it down twice...
I also bout a complete gasket and seal set, and I will have to put in all new gaskets for the parts I take off and put back on. If I have to tear the engine down a second time, won't it ruin some if not all of the new gaskets? How does that work? Is there a way to avoid this?
If any of y'all can answer any of my questions, I'd sure appreciate it. Also, please give me your general opinion on which direction to take this project. Thanks a lot!