I mentioned having bought a 400 amp Miller multiprocess gas powered
welder a bit ago.
Its gota Continental F-163 4 cylinder engine in it.
I picked it up today, and took it to my shop, and started to putter
I pulled the plugs, sprayed PBlaster down the cylinders, and checked
the oil, looked good, the gas tank has about 1/4" of something that
was once gasoline..have to drain that, water isnt visible in radiator,
but could see where it splashed in the neck from hoisting and moving
No battery, so after letting the Blaster work its magic for an hour, I
put a wrench on the nut on the end of the crank pully and tried to
turn it over. Nope.
Stood on the wrench carefuly...nope
Bounced on the wrench...nope...
Shit...damned thing wont turn.
I may have flushed $600 right down the toilet.
Plugs looked ok, with a very fine patina of rust..almost not visible
I filled the cylinders with Pblaster and laid a rag over the open
holes. Tommorow Ill try it again.
What are the other options and possiblities? Generator bearings
How would you check without splitting the engine off the genny? Not a
fun task from the looks of it...?
Magnito/governor frozen? Waterpump frozen?
There is a thingy that has a linkage from the carby and is bolted to
the side of the engine with a chaincase I think..one assumes thats the
There is about 2300 hours total on this welder best reckoning...I may
have been well and truely fucked..though the seller did promise to
give me my $600 back if it didnt work. He seems honest enough...shrug
Id like to give it the old college try though before going back hat in
hand and pleading my case
As it turns out..the seller never ran it either..though the ad
(written by his son) said it had been in storage for 2 yrs..implying
it was running when put in storage. He got it from someone else who
bailed out of his shop, ahead of the bill collectors, leaving most of
his stuff behind, along with his wife and kids....
Claimed it had 851 hours on the Hobbs meter..true enough..but the "old
meter 1550" scratched into the paint never showed up in the
All that besides the point..
Any suggestions what to do next..visa vis diagnosing or getting this
thing to turn over?
Ill pull the starter to see if its hung, but getting to the water pump
etc etc is gonna be a real pain in the ass.
14 years ago