LOL...I learned as a machinist years ago that the beam type of torque wrenches are the MOST and consistantly accurate torque wrenches ever produced :)
Believe it or not, I still have one myself (beam type torque wrench).
Glad she is up and running good. You have had a rough road.
I CAN say with certainty seacap, that this 3rd failure WILL BE the LAST on this tractor. Normal breakage I fully understand, cause I do bend and break stuff....but multiple HG ( read engine) failures are UN ACCEPTABLE to me.
I absolutely LOVE this tractor and am amazed @ the work it is capable of, but if this kind of stuff happens 1 more time...well...i don't wanna think about it.
I confess that I DID price a 57 hp Kubota with FEL......I just cant get past the weight difference, they have gotten quite proud of their tractors also...but Kioti is going that direction too, now that they have some following....
Hopefully this era of failures are over....1st HG 814 hrs, this failure was 1017 hrs !!??....I am confident that the CAUSE of the failures was found this time......I'm lazy, and PROUD OF IT...I only wanna do it ONCE...and not even ONCE is nice ...VBSEG
Nice work LTE! You deserve some trouble free tractoring. From what you have detailed about the different head gasket types I suspect you're onto something. What with your through cleaning and shaving the head smooth for a good mating surface I'm hoping for you the job outlasts your use of the Kioti.
Don't go Kubota, they're only orange, beyond that who knows! :eek: Just kidding- not a slam, they are good tractors too....
Let us know how you're faring after some hours on her.