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VAC Carburetor question

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06-06-1999 15:19:54

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I am in the process of painting my 51 VAC. I took the carburetor off and I am in the process of cleaning it. Should I take it apart and lubricate the float? The last tractor I restored I didn't, and when I put it together to crank the first time, the float was stuck and I ended up taking it apart. I was wondering if I should take it apart and WD 40 the float so it will be ready to go. I have no other reason to take it apart since the tractor ran fine. Will it come apart without ruining the gasket? Also, should the carburetor be painted? The last one I painted the paint didn't stick. It was some kind of metal alloy. This one looks to be cast iron appearance and color. Please pass on any tips.

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06-13-1999 08:44:56

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 Re: VAC Carburetor question in reply to James, 06-06-1999 15:19:54  
Being very careful in removing and installing the float bowl will help. The lubrication will not stay. Check for free movement of the float and shutoff valve with the bowl off. The "power" needle valve gets in the way when taking off and putting on the bowl ...be very careful! Clean with spray carburetor cleaner, then put back together. Mine came apart with no damage to the gasket, a couple of light raps with a screwdriver handle loosened it. Remember, screw the power needle IN to lean, screw the idle screw OUT to lean. Try cleaning the outside well, then a spray primer first before painting.

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06-07-1999 19:16:27

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 Re: VAC Carburetor question in reply to James, 06-06-1999 15:19:54  
Lubrication shouldn't be needed if you make sure the float hinge is free to move up and down. If not maybe the hinge rod is slightly bent or has some rust. If you are carefull you can take it apart and reuse the gasket. If not, a rebuild kit is about $15. I left my carb unpainted but clean. Its almost black anyway.

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