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Old 07-08-2019, 11:07:37 AM
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Hi from Portugal,

Newbie on here,so bear with me.

I bought this 1957 Ferguson with a view to restore it in my retirement here from the U.K.
I have removed the cylinder head and most of the waterways are clogged up with sediment and general crud that needs removing.
Is there any useful info that anyone can suggest to remove the crud,leaving the head to soak in some recommended solution perhaps? Suggestions grateful received.

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Old 07-08-2019, 02:03:46 PM
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I worked on an 8N Ford tractor that the engine looked like yours. I stripped it down and took it to a machine shop and had them "hot tank" it to clean it up.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:20:30 AM
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I've previously used alloy wheel cleaner, which is acidic, and then pressure washed out the water jacket as best I could. You may need to be careful though if the engine is fitted with wet liners (?), as this could destroy the seals.

In warmer climates, owners often don't use antifreeze, which promotes bimetallic corrosion, which can clog up the radiator and water jacket. I once owned a BMW which had spent it's life in South Africa, and with no use of antifreeze, an iron block, aluminium head and copper radiator, it was in a terrible state!

Best wishes, Roger
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