Well, I installed my freshly rebuilt carb. and gave her a try... When I bought this tractor the engine was stuck, but the owner said it had been running good at one point, so....... I hook everything up and let her fly. Nothing... A little starting fluid, and still nothing.
I turned it over several times with no luck, so I figured I would check to make sure she was firing good.... Brand new plug was bone dry (didn't even smell of gas) all four cylinders were the same... I don't have a compression guage, so I just stuck my finger in there and used the hand crank. Great compression on 1 and 4 cylinders, but hardly any on 2 and 3.
Pulled the valve cover off and immediately found a bent push rod and another that had broke free from the rocker arm...
Pulled the head, and wouldn't you know....
Here's a pic of the bent push rod:
I don't know a whole lot about mechanic work, so I called my brother in law who owns a heavy equipment sales and service dealer, and he knows all about stuck valves and says we should be able to fix her up without too much trouble.
So, whenever he and I can both find some spare time I'm gonna take it to his shop so he can show me how to do this.
I wonder what it would feel like if things went like they are supposed to from time to time? It gets frustrating... I need a punching bag!