Yes, we are here!

In times like these our hobbies become lifesavers. At GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE and FARM COLLECTOR, we have been tracking down the most interesting and rare vintage farm machines and collections for more than 80 years combined! That includes researching and sourcing the best books on collectibles available anywhere. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-888-9098 or by email. Stay safe!

Babbitt Bearing Tips

| November/December 1974

You can pour a connecting rod bearing by the same procedure. However, I would remove the rod and use a piece of shafting same size as the throw part of the crankshaft for a mandrel. It will be easier to pour the rod bearing away from the engine. Remember to include some shims.

Babbitt metal is an alloy of 4 parts copper, 88 parts tin, and 8 parts antimony. You can use the babbitt from the old bearing plus a little more new or used babbitt.

To pour a split bearing, both upper and lower halves at the same pouring:

1. Align the shaft, square and centered.

2.  Place cardboard liners between the two halves and against the shaft. Make holes in the cardboard near the shaft for the passage of the molten babbitt from the upper to the lower part. Pour thru the grease hole in the cap. The metal at the holes is easily broken when the cap is removed.

To form the ends of the bearing make cardboard washers and back them up with fire clay mixed with water. Be sure no water comes in contact with the melted babbitt. Even a few drops of water will cause the metal to spatter.


Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Facebook YouTube


click me