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I hate my fuel shut off / sediment bowl

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Posted by 28Hank on November 09, 2012 at 05:54:30 from (

Hello all,

Please go easy on me, I'm a newbie an not such a good mechanic. I have an 8N (388141 which I believe makes it 1951) that has been sitting under an awning, waiting for me to get my ducks in a row. That time has now come. Right now there is nothing between the gas tank and the carb. No shut-off, no sediment bowl, no fuel line, no elbow at the carb. I dunno where it all went.

I hate the whole sediment bowl part of things. I have never had one that didn't leak. I have read lots of posts here, and I know if you hold your tongue right, you can fiddle with them and make them work.

Question 1: I am wondering if there are any alternatives out there that would work so that I don't have to use a sediment bowl. I see other tractors that have a simple fuel shut off valve, usually with a screen on top, that screws right into the tank outlet. Are those available for the 8N tractors?

Question 2: If the answer to question 1 is no, can someone tell me which supplier I can get the good sediment bowl assembly from? I live a long way from anywhere, including any tractor supply house, so my ordering is going to be done on-line. I know that there are cheap sediment bowl assemblies and there are better quality ones. I'm not good enough to make the cheap ones work right, and need to spend some precious beer money on the better quality one. I just don't know how to tell the difference.

Question 3: Would I be better off making a new fuel line, or just buying one?

Thank you very much in advance for your replies.


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