I posted this in the body of the thread on my "new" 23 T arriving on Saturday, but it may have gone unnoticed. It's good enough to post again as a new thread. Here is what I found when I pulled the head! Now there's your problem! Would like to see other pictures of what others have discovered.
Is that a spark plug nut by that valve?
Too much grain in the fuel is my guess.
At least you had something to snack on when you were working on the engine
Either the top hose was off or the cap was off the radiator. Some little critter stored up food there. I hope the radiator is not also full of that stuff. Much easier to get it out of the water jacket than the radiator.
Yes, seen that before ! Here's a fresh (at one time) rebuild that sat for several years before the fella decided to do something with it before he died !
I have found the small debris and urine method of engine
preservation to be superior to all others in returning fine
machinery to an organic state.
I've seen it before, but not quite as colorful.
I'm working on a 1925 Case Cross Motor right now. The radiator tanks and water jacket in the block are full of mouse nest material and grain. Luckily the radiator top and bottom are bolt on. I'll have to pull the cylinder liners to clean the water jacket. I have a new shop cat now. PK
That was a fully packed mouse apartment. And you found the mouse too? Looks like it had drawn the oil off the metal.
Steve. OK, "you win" I have seen all kinds of things in my years of messing with old cars, but that is the fullest engine I have ever seen ...
Pressure washed engine and for dis-assembly.
Removing the valve cover discovered the chamber was being used as a mouse's silo.
All I found in mine was brand new pistons and valves
What is that coloured stuff in the first pic?
Looks like fruit loops or lucky charms!
Mark I think it looks more like "Milk Bone"
"Looks like fruit loops or lucky charms! :-O"
See, even the mice won't eat that crap!
Ironically, I think it's dry cat food. Looks like Meow Mix.
Speaking of cat food - one of my mom's cats used to love cheese. One day at supper, we were dropping bits of cheese on the floor for the cat, but it wouldn't touch it. We asked our mom about it, and she said that she had bought a pack of artificial "cheese food" instead of real cheese because it was supposed to be healthier. Looking at the ingredients, it appeared to be made from a bunch of different petroleum distillates!
The cat knew better... no more "cheese food" from then on!
A mud-daubing wasp's nest in T imported to UK from Iowa.
So far no model T engines i have had any deposits made by critters but have had a couple of old A motors with mouse houses in them...I Have not had model Ts long enough yet, i assume. Tim
Barney came with mud dauber nests in the intake manifold and valve galley.