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Thread: Wheel Story from Pacific Mike

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    Re: Wheel Story from Pacific Mike

    That is a really informative and interesting video - I was self-taught during the 1970s, before YouTube existed, and it's useful to compare how it should be done!

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    Re: Wheel Story from Pacific Mike

    Me too, plus he's a proper gentleman!
    Time out of mind

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    Re: Wheel Story from Pacific Mike

    I have come across head gasgits that only have a small hole for the oil drain , much smaller than the hole in the cylinder. I think it's well worth checking and enlarging if necessary the hole in the gasgit to ensure maximum draining of the valve pockets in the heads.

    With old heads it's possible that the inserts in the head that the bolts go into could have started to pull proud of the sealing face. Worth checking.

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    Re: Wheel Story from Pacific Mike

    There's currently a post on the US Shovel site showing a head that's been in a fire. Some of the aluminium has melted reveling the inserts. They are flippin huge, I thought they would be a cast in top hat section.

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    Re: Wheel Story from Pacific Mike

    I know it seems unlikely but I did find two inserts in one head fractionally proud. They may have been like that for years without problems but I didn't want to chance it. I used the untouched side of a sharpening stone to ease them down.

    The head wasn't one of earliest shovel heads but it still has the "O" ring manifold and the very short spark plug thread (3/8")

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