Yesterday's Tractor Co.
Shop Now View Cart
   Allis Chalmers Case Farmall IH Ford 9N,2N,8N Ford
   Ferguson John Deere Massey Ferguson Minn. Moline Oliver
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   Traditional YT Forum ViewClassic View   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile    Log inLog in 

Update on 3204 oil cooler leak and ???

Post new topic    
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Stick welding

Report to Moderator

PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 5:06 pm    Post subject: Update on 3204 oil cooler leak and ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I went out to see what I was up against to fix the broken mounting boss for the oil cooler. Good news! It is a separate bracket but the boss that broke can be threaded deeper. That's what I'm going to do since it already has the hole and just needs deeper threads in the boss. I was thinking of epoxying the broken piece back on cause I still need a spacer. I don't really want to weld it but could if it would be a much better repair. I also found out why it broke. It had been previously broken and was missing about 1/8" inch so the oil cooler had nothing to bu-t against against when the bolt was tightened. Also both of the mounting bolts had been cut shorter with a hacksaw. I know Cat sometimes uses odd length bolts but no one mentioned anything when I had the engine rebuilt about 6 years ago. I can get a tap to grab enough to hold the broken piece on till the epoxy dries. I can also use epoxy to build it up and then file it to the right height. Does this sound like a good solution or should I use something else for a spacer? If I use the broken piece for the spacer should I leave the threads in it or drill them out since the deeper threads in the boss will do the holding? Thanks in advance.
Back to top
ben there

Joined: 07 Jan 2013
Posts: 360

Report to Moderator

PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Update on 3204 oil cooler leak and ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

if you can get Devcon its an industrial strength JB dad brought some home from work for me years ago...they were using it to resurface turbine bearing surfaces...i used it to repair a hole that had been drilled into #1 cylinder by a DIYer tryin to replace a water pump on a old Ford 6...saw that car 10 years later and it was still goin.
Back to top
View user's profile

Report to Moderator

PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 4:59 am    Post subject: Re: Update on 3204 oil cooler leak and ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That broken boss might have been something they didn't want to talk about.
Drill out old thread in broken part.
Later Bob
Back to top
Stick welding

Report to Moderator

PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 7:44 am    Post subject: Re: Update on 3204 oil cooler leak and ??? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yah, I don't know if the original bolts only grab about a 1/4" of thread and it broke when they worked on it or if it was broken previously. Maybe both bolts were made longer after the first boss broke? I still think they should have mentioned something and/or used a couple washers or something for a spacer. Apparently not all 3204's use a separate bracket that the oil cooler bolts to. I think it's an oil galley from the injection pump to the oil cooler. I got the disassembly pages and it shows the oil cooler bolting right on the block. At least now I have an explanation why it broke.

I put a bolt in the broken piece and wrapped some masking tape around it. Then I put some epoxy on to build it up. I let it set till it got stiff and then turned the bolt so it wouldn't get glued in. I got the bolt out easily this morning and amazingly the masking tape came off even easier from the epoxy. It was still sticky! The epoxy isn't fully cured but it says to wait 24 hours. Seems to hold on the cast iron OK though. I'll drill it out and file it to the right height.
Back to top
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic    Yesterday's Tractors Forum Index -> Crawlers, Dozers, Loaders and Backhoes All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  

Fast Shipping!  Most of our stocked parts ship within 24 hours (M-Th). Expedited shipping available, just call! Most prices for parts and manuals are below our competitors. Compare our super low shipping rates! We have the parts you need to repair your tractor. We are a company you can trust and have generous return policies. Shop Online Today or call our friendly sales staff toll free (800) 853-2651. [ About Us ]

YT Home  |  Forums

Modern View Forum powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group

All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Trade Marks and Trade Names contained and used in this Website are those of others, and are used in this Website in a descriptive sense to refer to the products of others. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

TRADEMARK DISCLAIMER: Tradenames and Trademarks referred to within Yesterday's Tractor Co. products and within the Yesterday's Tractor Co. websites are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Yesterday's Tractor Co., our products, or our website nor are we sponsored by them. John Deere and its logos are the registered trademarks of the John Deere Corporation. Agco, Agco Allis, White, Massey Ferguson and their logos are the registered trademarks of AGCO Corporation. Case, Case-IH, Farmall, International Harvester, New Holland and their logos are registered trademarks of CNH Global N.V.

Yesterday's Tractors - Antique Tractor Headquarters