Got an estimate from the local New Holland dealer to fix the leaky timing cover and timing plate gasket on my 1995 Ford 1720.
~$150 worth of parts (including a new water pump and rad hoses, might as well do it all while you’re taking the whole front of the engine apart...)
20-24 hours labor @ $80/hr.
Now, The Guy was saying he might be able to do it without removing the front axle and frame rails (which the repair manual certainly indicates should be the case) but even then he’d expect 10-15 hours.
Great Googly Moogly.
I think I will be attempting to take the ROPS off so I can fit it in the garage and do the labor myself. I have the tools and skills, but it’s winter and I don’t have an indoor space tall enough to get the tractor into that isn’t currently filled with sheep who are about to give birth... as a matter of fact we had our first lambs today!
If I can get the ROPS bar off, and then partially deflate the rear tires I can just sneak it under the garage door with the cab still on...