Re: Gasket, sediment bowl

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Posted by Joe in Texas on April 29, 2017 at 10:58:08 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Gasket, sediment bowl posted by murray2 on April 28, 2017 at 20:40:10:

I don't have a better solution, but thought I would share my experience.

I got a 1950 8N side mount about four years ago that had been sitting for two years not running. Engine wise it was healthy, the previous owner thought the steering was too bad to use. That's another story for another thread. It's a wonder what lubrication will do...

Anyway, after getting it running the bowl started dripping a bit. I got a new rubber gasket and promptly ruined it tightening it too tight. I found a pretty thick cork gasket, soaked in gasoline for about a week (not on purpose, just didn't have time to get back to it...) and installed it. It leaked right off, but I kept tightening the screw slightly until it stopped dripping. I didn't start it right then, it was another week before I had the motivation and the time. By then it was completely dry and didn't leak when I opened the valve. That's been almost four years without a problem. I was afraid I was going to break the glass but it took it just fine. I think it is an original bowl, but not sure.

I like the little tractor and it does what I wanted it to do, just barely. I will never try and restore it, it's a tool for me and I will treat it as such, fixing what's not working right but using like it was intended.

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