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water jacket plate

Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:30 am

What is the purpose of the water jacket plate on my engine other than to keep the block from freezing and cracking?

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Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:34 am

I don't understand what you mean by "water jacket plate"

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Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:39 pm

The plate on the side of the engine block. Looks like the the valve adj. cover plate on the cub engine, but it is called the water jacket cover on the " M" and " H".

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Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:42 pm

Not familar with M or H but I am sure some one will be.

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Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:10 am

Our M has the same plate. Possibly for sand removal in casting ?
My Guess only

Re: water jacket plate

Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:03 am

Back in the days when H and M were new tractors, and worked hard for their living, permanent antifreeze was very expensive. In the summer time most framers ran water that was dipped from a well or the creek, and in the winter alcohol. The plate made cleaning the accumulated crud out of the engine easier. Old timers used a lot of tricks to get by. Draining the radiator at night, and not using the tractor till above freezing the next day, then refilling with water, covering radiator in the morning so the fan would not suck in enough air to cool it below freezing, sometimes even starting the tractor before filling (combined with covering the radiator), so there was enough heat to keep it from freezing.
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