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I bought Stover CT-3 at the Nittany Machinery Spring Show auction for $65. The engine was missing the WICO EK and was badly water frozen and cracked. The engine had its original paint, decals and fuel tank. The block was cracked into two pieces, the pieces being held together by the rusted piston. I decided to buy a new (used) block from Ed at Hit n' Miss for $165. The old block was cut apart in order to save the piston.
The rust on the exposed areas can identify the old cracks.
Note the old crack that ran under the cylinder and the one that ran parallel, front-to-back under the piston.
The head was badly cracked as well, however none of the cracks extended into the combustion, intake or exhaust areas, although the head gasket area was no longer flat. The head was hot-tanked and sandblasted and the cracks were gouged out with a hand grinder.
The head was pulled back into shape with the clamps and the loose pieces put back into place.
The head, clamps and plate were placed over a Propane burner and left to pre-heat for about an hour. Then the gouged areas were filled with a MIG welder, using mild steel rod.
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