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!5 HP REID runs again


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Old 08-05-2009, 02:06:31 PM
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After much trying of most everything mentioned here I finally contacted a friend close by who has a Farmall M with a belt pulley.
We belted it up to my REID flywheel and was able to start my engine. It did belch some blue smoke several times and then settled down and run just about like I remember it used to.We shut it down and restarted it just to make sure it was not a dream. One problem is I was not able to really associate any real problem causing it not to start. I guess I'll just be glad it is running again, it was music to my ears. I want to thank all of you who helped out with information and also Tom Weatherford who sent me some wire to redo my copper seals.

Bob Out west on the high desert, where there is not a oil well in sight
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Good to see you got yours running again, I am going to belt mine up to my M and try starting. How did you have your engine set when you belt started it. Phil
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Bob, That is good news. I am glad it wasnt something serious. Kinda wierd that it just quit. Did you end up cleaning up the transfer valve lips that were eroded or just put in new copper rings? Jim.
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Hi Phil.

I had Hot tube cherry red and fuel shut off and compression relief valve open. I belted to the rim of the flywheel that was not connected to the charging cylinder. once it began rotation I opened the gas valve, which I opened up a little more than what it runs at, and closed the relief valve It shortly began to fire and belched out some blue smoke for several fireings and then it cleaned up nicely.
Shortly I began adjusting the gas valve to run it slow again. then we just let it run for over an hour just as it used to.I had not installed the exhaust pipe so it was a bit noisy. I would have liked to hear it run with the pipe on as I am not sure but it almost sounded like I might have some stuck rings from setting so long. I plan on starting it again with the pipe on so I can hear the sound coming from the outside of the cylinder. I don't know if it is much of a job to remove the piston and clean the rings or not, so i will have to wait and see.
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Hi Jim,

I thought that in order for the seals to do their fob all the ledge needed to be there so Ibuilt them up with some DEVCON steel putty. It was quite expensive as all I could find was a 1 lb package of it. All Iused of it was about 1/2 teaspoon of it. I let it harden over night and was just able to fit the valve into my lathe. I use a sharp tool and minimal cuts and rotated by hand and the putty cut beautifully. I was able to build the ledge up just like new.
The copper rings fit well and it went together nicely. I am real happy to have it running again.
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Hey Bob, you probably know this, but have you ever used a stethescope for listening to engine noises? Take the end off so you have a tube going to both ears, then you can hold the tube and pinpoint where and what you want to listen to, even over extra noise around. (I feel like I just told you the sky is blue.)
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Great to hear you have the ole girl smoking again. Take care and have some fun.
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Bob I removed the piston and rod asembly from mine to free up the rings. I laid out 1x 4s across the bed to lay the piston on when I pulled it out. I did lift it myself but it is a strain, my skid steer was down so I tryed lifting it out myself. I would recomend using a hoist, will save your back. I will post the photos of the piston when I get home,so you can see the size. Phil
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Here is the piston and the bore, when I first removed it.
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Hi Bob, When I pulled out the piston on my Reid, I laid 2x4s on the base and then used the fork lift to lift it out between the flywheels. I stuck the piston in my electrolysis tank for 3 days and used a small brass hammer to loosen the rings in the grooves. I had to replace my wrist pin brasses with some good used ones, installed the oilpipe, which was missing. I honed my bore by building a extension from 3/8 rod and hooking to a 1/2 inch drill motor. Rings were in good shape, so I reused. I reinstalled the piston by making a sling which kept the piston and rod horizontal and dropped it in with the fork lift.
I have some pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/rusty_acres/
Glad to hear you are up and running again. Jim.
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