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Posted by Stu Hamilton on Monday, January 27, 2014:

I have a 1961, 601 series, model 641 Ford tractor and having much difficulty pulling the cylinder sleeves. Everything I have read, says that this model has cast iron sleeves with a wall thickness of approx. .099Ē. When I look at the block (top & bottom), I donít see the sleeves, but everyone tells me it has them. I machined a puck to pilot in the 3.437Ē bore and put a step on it to catch the OD of the sleeve, assuming it is .099Ē wall thickness. Actually made it a little smaller to make sure that I would only locate on the sleeve and not the block.
Is there a trick to getting them out? Iím using a ĺĒ threaded rod in the puller. How hard should it be to remove them? Iíve heard that if you put dry ice in the cylinder it will help (havenít tried that yet). Also heard that if you run a bead of weld in the sleeve that this will shrink the sleeve and then it can be removed. Not sure if Iím willing to try that. Sounds risky to me. ANY SUGGESTIONS??

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