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I'd like to preface this info by saying that I found this site while looking for suggestions on replacing the fan-belt in my Case 580CK loader/backhoe. I live out in the stix,first of all so I need to drive about 10mi if I need diesel fuel which sometimes causes me to run on a low fuel tank. Normally this can be done without problems but my property (especially my driveway)is on a hill and if the tank is low and the machine is on a bad angle the fuel will slosh away from the pickup in the tank and the machine dies. This can be a real pain in the *#+ if I'm trying to clear snow to get out to the road. The biggest problem is that with a loss of fuel flow for a moment, you lose the prime to the injector pump. If you've ever tried to reprime these units you'll know what I'm talking about. The line comes out of the tank and goes down almost to the level of the bottom of the block, is then routed through two filters then turns upward to come back up to the injector. Its a real convuluted set-up. Well one time it happened and I was in a pickle because the machine was halfway to the road in the middle of the driveway and no one could get in or out. It was also about -5 F outside. After about an hour of trying to prime it I went in the house to get a hot coffee. I wasn't really welcome in the house because I'd succeeded in making everyone late so I went out to the shop to have my coffee in peace. While I was sitting there, cursing my bad luck, my eyes came to rest on a remote-mount diesel fuel filter/water trap (that I had bought at an auction in a job lot with some other stuff) just sitting there on the shelf. At that moment it came to me! I would bypass the original filter and lines using this one! I quickly set about fabbing a piece of 0.25 plate on which to mount the filter, then I went down to the machine to locate a suitable mounting location and came back to finish fabbing the mount. The end result being a filter system that is approx. 1' below the outlet on the tank and about 3' above the level of the inlet on the injector pump. Voila! A gravity-feed fuel system that doesn't require priming and works like a charm. I recently helped a buddy fab a similar bypass for the hydr line from the reservoir to the hydr pump on his AC tractor. His 3 pt hitch has never worked better. I realise that this sort of modification is a no no in restoration circles, but sometimes there's a simpler way to achieve the same ends.

Albert, NY, entered 2011-07-30
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