Yesterday's Tractor Co. Parts for Farm Tractors - Compare our Prices!
Click Here or call 800-853-2651 
   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 in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Just brought home a Power King 2418 and have a question


 
Post new topic    
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Brendon-KS
Long Time User


Joined: 18 Dec 2007
Posts: 937
Location: Goessel, KS

Report to Moderator

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:11 pm    Post subject: Just brought home a Power King 2418 and have a question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I hauled home a 1978 Power King 2418 from my parent's place and am looking forward to putting it to work. Dad rebuilt the K361 engine after it digested a valve and it is now running good. I read somewhere that overheating was a real killer of these engines and that the proper way to ensure good cooling is to run it at full engine speed. (And of course keeping the fins clean.) Is this correct? I don't plan on using PTO-driven equipment so engine speed isn't critical for what I'm doing. Just want to do what I can to ensure a long life. Thanks.
 
Back to top
View user's profile
Jeff
Tractor Guru


Joined: 31 Dec 1997
Posts: 5032


Report to Moderator

PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:04 am    Post subject: Re: Just brought home a Power King 2418 and have a question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't know about full speed. I usually run my engines at about 3/4 speed. For some reason I just can't bring myself to run them full out even though they are made to take it. Keep the RPM's up and give the cooling fins a regular cleaning (how often depends on what kind of conditions you are experiencing) and you should be fine. The main problem is that oil and debris build up under the valve box. The area is small and debris builds up very quickly so don't skimp on the cleaning.
 
Back to top
View user's profile
Jeff
Tractor Guru


Joined: 31 Dec 1997
Posts: 5032


Report to Moderator

PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:04 am    Post subject: Re: Just brought home a Power King 2418 and have a question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't know about full speed. I usually run my engines at about 3/4 speed. For some reason I just can't bring myself to run them full out even though they are made to take it. Keep the RPM's up and give the cooling fins a regular cleaning (how often depends on what kind of conditions you are experiencing) and you should be fine. The main problem is that oil and debris build up under the valve box. The area is small and debris builds up very quickly so don't skimp on the cleaning.
 
Back to top
View user's profile
El Toro
Tractor Guru


Joined: 04 Jun 2004
Posts: 21693


Report to Moderator

PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:42 am    Post subject: Re: Just brought home a Power King 2418 and have a question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Don't run the engine too lean as this will cause an aircooled engine to overheat. This happened on a 72 VW Super Beetle I bought in 73 with a hole burnt thru one of the pistons. Open the main jet adjusting screw on your carburetor as this will enrich the fuel mixture. If it has black smoke under load close the needle valve some. As been mentioned keep the fins clean as this will block the air flow. Hal
 
Back to top
View user's profile
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic    Yesterday's Tractors Forum Index -> Garden Tractors All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
TRACTOR   PARTS TRACTOR   MANUALS
Same-Day Shipping! Most of our stocked parts ship the same day you order (M-F).  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.

YT Home  |  Forums Home

Copyright © 1997-2014 Yesterday's Tractor Co.

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