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22 1/2 hp Bessemer

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Old 03-05-2005, 05:08:07 PM
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Question 22 1/2 hp Bessemer

I am working on a 22-1/2HP Bessemer and have noticed when you take the plate off the top of the block (where oiler screws into) there are three small pieces of cast iron that run accros the opening that have a hairline crack, on one end of each piece. I am pretty sure these were cast into the block to prevent the rings from coming up into the incoming air port, has anyone else seen this? Any help would be great I just want to know if it is something I can live with or do I need to try to fix it. Thanks for Time
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Default Re: 22 1/2 hp Bessemer

I have a South Penn engine that has hairline cracks in the port bridges. They have been there a long time, and don't seem to be a problem. The piston rings can easily be seen, and they show no damage whatever. I suppose the cracks are from an overheating or overloading/lugging incident or from running under load with late mag timing or a cold hot-tube. There are no freeze cracks in the engine.
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I dont think you will have a problem I have a 60 h.p. New Era that the webs are cracked looks like from heat. I beleive the engine ran a long time this way and I dont intend to repair it. Keven
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I wouldnt worry about it. A friend of mine has a 110hp Bessmer and it the head leaks like a sob and runs just fine and other than some water spilling outa the enigne it's no big deal. Now if I had a nice new cylinder for my bessi I might have time to worry about water leakin but as of right now SHE ANT RUNNIN .

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