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Had quite a scare this afternoon just after starting our 1971 IH656 gas tractor in the barn. Put it in reverse to back it out of the barn and flames just shot up several feet on both sides of the hood. I immediately jumped off and got the heck out of there. Fortunately it slowly backed out of the barn on its own. Still burning as it continued backing it also left a fire burning on the gravel floor of the barn below where the tractor was parked and a 50 foot line of burning gravel to where it finally stalled inches from the edge of a wooded ravine. We got the fires out. Oddly, the only fire damage was to a few wires on the left side of the engine, not on the fuel line-carb side. No signs of leaking fuel line anywhere between the bottom of the gas tank and carb. Just restored the tank last summer. Someone misplaced the fuel tank lid so I temporarily fashioned one out of light gauge aluminum flashing crimpled over the tank neck above the hood just before starting it today. Could electrolosis between the alum. and steel have caused the fire?
Laurence, IN, entered 2014-11-29
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1936 Farmall F20. Strong runner. All four tires less than two years old. Older paint job. Have video pulling in farm class tractor pull.
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