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59 C60 Wrecker
#1361261 Thu May 21 2020 12:44 PM
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A good friend of mine asked me if I would help him get his 59 Wrecker running. "Of course I will", I replied. He told me he would drop it off, which he did yesterday.

After he unloaded it I raised the hood and was looking at the engine - a 235. He asked me what I thought......I took the radiator cap off and said, "I think I know what the problem is". "What?", he inquired."I think you're out of coolant!".

He told me he used to drive it, so I asked when was the last time it was running. 30-40 years ago. Engine is locked up! I filled to cylinders with Marvel Mystery Oil and will try to manually break the engine free---without breaking the engine.

I've read you run the risk of breaking a ring if too much force is used --- like pulling it and popping the clutch, so I'm not planning on doing anything like that. We will see how it goes and I may be reaching out to you all for your suggestions.

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Victor

41 3/4 Ton Pick Up (in process)
55 Grumman Kurbside (Doughboy) 235/3 on tree w/ OD
57 3100
58 C4400 Viking (Thor)
59 C4500 Short Bus (Magic Bus)
59 G3800 1 Ton Dually (Chief)


Re: 59 C60 Wrecker
VEW #1361263 Thu May 21 2020 12:52 PM
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Looks like you’re in for some fun along with a busted knuckle or two.🛠


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Re: 59 C60 Wrecker
VEW #1361286 Thu May 21 2020 02:54 PM
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Could also be a 261. Dragging or pushing and letting the clutch out in HIGH gear works well, however before doing that, make sure there are no stuck valves. Oil the stems, tap rocker arm gently with rubber hammer or 2 x 4.

The brakes probably won't work, so make sure to allow for that.

Ed

Last edited by EdPruss; Thu May 21 2020 02:55 PM.

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Re: 59 C60 Wrecker
VEW #1361288 Thu May 21 2020 03:03 PM
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Hy Vew, I think a 60 series will have a 261 in it, hope that helps.

Re: 59 C60 Wrecker
VEW #1361294 Thu May 21 2020 04:01 PM
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Man that's a lot of heavy iron on the back of that truck!

I agree with everyone else, looking like the original engine it will be a 261...worth taking your time to saving it!

Get it running and bring it to the ATHS truck show next year!

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Re: 59 C60 Wrecker
VEW #1361334 Thu May 21 2020 07:28 PM
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STD engine was a 261, looks correct, will have captains bars above starter.


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Re: 59 C60 Wrecker
VEW #1361360 Thu May 21 2020 09:44 PM
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Thanks guys. It is a 261.
Ed, thanks for recommendation for the head. I’ll work on that first.

It’s just me, so I was planning on using a pry bar (short ones) on each side of the flywheel and work it back and forth until I get movement. I would avoid putting too much force on it; don’t want to break a tooth.

Do you have any recommendations?
Thanks
Victor


Victor

41 3/4 Ton Pick Up (in process)
55 Grumman Kurbside (Doughboy) 235/3 on tree w/ OD
57 3100
58 C4400 Viking (Thor)
59 C4500 Short Bus (Magic Bus)
59 G3800 1 Ton Dually (Chief)


Re: 59 C60 Wrecker
VEW #1361387 Fri May 22 2020 01:38 AM
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All a short pry bar will do is make you break a good sweat- - - - -use a long one. I like to use the chisel-shaped end of a carpenter's wrecking bar about 3 feet long, get a good bite in a flywheel tooth from the bottom of the bellhousing, and give it a good grunt in alternating directions. Put 3-4 ounces of KROIL in all the cylinders, plus soaking down all the valve stems liberally. If you drain all the oil out of the crankcase before you put the KROIL into the cylinders and put the pan plug back in, you can wait about a week, drain the solvent out of the pan, and pour it back into the cylinders again. It will creep past the sticky rings and end up in the oil pan.

www.kanolabs.com [kanolabs.com] Good stuff! I buy it by the gallon.
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Re: 59 C60 Wrecker
VEW #1361411 Fri May 22 2020 03:42 AM
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A guy on another forum I belong to is a strong advocate of putting ATF in the cylinders. Claims to have loosened many stuck engines with it.


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Re: 59 C60 Wrecker
VEW #1361510 Fri May 22 2020 06:56 PM
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Hey Vic. Wish i was closer to give ya a hand again. And Corona Virus of course, bla bla bla. Anyhow a friend of mine swears by a combo of ATF and diesel or kerosene in the cylinders. Ive never personally tried it, but it wont hurt if ya dont have any thing else laying around. Ditto to checking for stuck valves 1st. Good luck and keep us posted.

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