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casey
07-08-2006, 11:57 AM
I have heard that the heads in the 6 cyl OHV engine had problems with cracking. Is that limited to the valve seat areas? I'm wondering if installing hardened valve seats would solve the problem. And I also heard that the rods had problems at higher RPMs. Does anybody know of other problems with the 6 cyl OHV engine? - thanks

StudeRich
07-08-2006, 05:34 PM
Casey; that area between the 2 valves is the only area I have ever seen or heard of, that cracks. The 6cyl. high performance info you need is best gotten from: Bill Cathcart at 860 564 5852 or studebill1@wmconnect.com ,he's in Conneticut. OR www.cathcartsstudebaker.com

Rich.




quote:Originally posted by casey

I have heard that the heads in the 6 cyl OHV engine had problems with cracking. Is that limited to the valve seat areas? I'm wondering if installing hardened valve seats would solve the problem. And I also heard that the rods had problems at higher RPMs. Does anybody know of other problems with the 6 cyl OHV engine? - thanks


StudeRich
Ferndale, WA

53k
07-09-2006, 09:16 AM
quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

Casey; that area between the 2 valves is the only area I have ever seen or heard of, that cracks. The 6cyl. high performance info you need is best gotten from: Bill Cathcart at 860 564 5852 or studebill1@wmconnect.com ,he's in Conneticut. OR www.cathcartsstudebaker.com

Rich.


quote:Originally posted by casey

I have heard that the heads in the 6 cyl OHV engine had problems with cracking. Is that limited to the valve seat areas? I'm wondering if installing hardened valve seats would solve the problem. And I also heard that the rods had problems at higher RPMs. Does anybody know of other problems with the 6 cyl OHV engine? - thanks

I had a '61 with the ohv six. It had some badly burned valves and when I took it to a shop they noticed that there were several cracks around exhaust valves. No problem- they installed new valve seats and all was well. I think a lot of ohv sixes got "thrown away" that could have been easily fixed.

Paul Johnson
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine

casey
07-10-2006, 02:33 PM
Guys, thanks for the input. I talked to Mr. Cathcart himself and he confirmed that the hardened valve seats solve the problem. So I agree with 53K- this engine has been much maligned for a relatively small defect with an easy fix. Mr. Cathcart also shared that the valve guides can be very difficult if not impossible to get out. He thought sleeving them with a very thin brass bushing could be a solution.