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My name is Dave and I live in west Mi. I currently live on 5 of the 80 acres my parents bought in 1960. We have a 1978 4600 Ford diesel (the only tractor my dad ever bought new) and a 52 farmall cub that I bought late last summer to use in the garden. I have a question for those of you who know a lot about tractor motors. In 1960 the first tractor my dad bought was a John Deere H. He used it for a years few to cultivate corn with no problems. In the spring of 63 when he wanted to start it to cultivate it wouldn't start. He couldn't get even a pop out of it. After trying for quite a while and making sure it had both spark and gas he went to the dealer. The parts counter guy told him he would have the mechanic stop after dad got home from work the next week. When the mechanic came he walked around the tractor went back to his truck and came back with a spray bottle with water in it. He then sprayed the top of the motor with the water and turned the fly wheel. The tractor started on the first or second try. After my dad picked his jaw off the ground the mechanic told him to look carefully. The motor had no head casket. The water he sprayed at the top of the block gave it just enough more compression that it could fire. By the next Saturday we had a new head gasket on and dad could cultivate. My question is has anyone ever heard of a motor running without a head gasket? The mechanic said he had seen it a time or two before. It was only possible if both the head and block were plained true to each other. That the water sucked in during the intake stroke created enough of a seal to increase compression enough to fire.