In Reply to: Re: Ford Industrial 172/192 Woes - Running Smooth Smoking posted by steveVa on June 11, 2017 at 10:42:51:
I got the tractor a year ago and it was smoking bad then. The #3 plug was caked solid. I cleaned her up a bit, replaced plugs, points, condenser and new oil and coolant. She was running ok but chuffing. One day I had her idling and poof she lost power and quit with a huge cloud of smoke and oil coming out exhaust. I suspect the head gasket was compromised for some time and finally blew under my ownership.
Sure enough there was a 5/8 inch missing chunk of gasket and melted metal edges in the exhaust. 165psi exceeds specs according to Ford Power Products, though the high cylinder is 180 psi. Maybe some Marvel Mystery Oil on the pistons to free the rings while I have them open?
I like your idea of just running it and working it. Ive had it about 2 years with barely any use. The previous owner had it sitting in his yard for a year he said... I suspect its been unused for a long time.