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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:10 pm    Post subject: cracked block Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello, I have a massey harris 44 engine with a visable crack between cylinders. What are my options with this problem and what are the costs with any of the solutions. Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:29 pm    Post subject: Re: cracked block Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It has been my experience that many blocks are cracked between either 3 and 4 or 1 and 2 in stock form. "Usually" these cracks do not cause issues.

If you have experience with this block that these cracks are a problem, there is the option to braze them up and re-machine the deck. This process could run in the $400 to $500 range, but finding another "good" block may be in that price range anyway.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:37 am    Post subject: Re: cracked block Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is the crack at the top or the bottom??? at the top the head gasket will seal the issue. at the bottom is another story. I have seen putting sealant in the crack and taking a stainless steel rod through the block and pulling it together. Fact is stranger than George Jones....
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: cracked block Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Metal Locking Service Inc. in Buffalo may be an option if your "in the neighborhood". They cut a french fry shaped hole across the crack (perpendicular) and then peen a high strength piece into the hole to lock it together. There is more to the process and it is not cheap, but it is very strong. I had them do a j382 block about six years ago.
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