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Warning when Spring gets here

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Bus Driver

02-01-2001 17:41:10




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My 140 is in a shed with no door. Two years ago, after the tractor sat for a few weeks, cranked it up and drove off. After about 5 minutes, flames erupted from under the hood just in front of the gas tank. No extinguisher, age prevents effective improvised fire fighting, if you know what I mean. Wren had built a nest at the top back of the engine between the exhaust manifold and the valve cover. Headed the tractor toward the house for water. Fire burned out just as I reached the water. Hood looks a mess. I look over the tractor really well before cranking it now.

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RayP

02-02-2001 15:21:07




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 Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to Bus Driver, 02-01-2001 17:41:10  
Yeah, I gave a cat a 30 mile ride in the inner fender of my car too - had to remove a battery to get it out. Wondered why my car was "MEOWing" at me.



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T_Bone

02-02-2001 14:33:05




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 Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to Bus Driver, 02-01-2001 17:41:10  
I have a pick-up that I only use to pull my travel trailer. One year we decided to head for the high country for 6mths. We kept hearing strange noises in the cab during the trip but coudn't find anything. After being there for a few days, I noticed that something was eating the donuts the wife had left behind her seat. Before it was over I traped 11 mice!

T_Bone



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Glenn

02-02-2001 07:48:04




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 Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to Bus Driver, 02-01-2001 17:41:10  
I have a friend with a 100. This exact same thing happened to him. It worked out for the best, however; he had repainted his 100 in 130 colors by mistake, and the fire gave him good reason to repaint it. :-)



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steve 450

02-02-2001 07:28:55




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 Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to Bus Driver, 02-01-2001 17:41:10  
Anytime of the year you should do a walk around of your machine before running. Had wasps all over mine a few years ago. Now I keep a can of black flag in the barn!! Only got stung twice, but that was enough.



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Ray,IN

02-02-2001 16:32:47




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 Re: Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to steve 450, 02-02-2001 07:28:55  
REminds me of when yellow jackets built a nest in the muffler(forgot to put the can on) I don't ever forget now!



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Dave

02-02-2001 06:56:05




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 Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to Bus Driver, 02-01-2001 17:41:10  
Check for mice in the clutch housing, too. Had a little-used truck once that got a mouse nest all wrapped up in and around the clutch. Not dangerous, just a big pain.



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Bama Binder

02-02-2001 06:03:25




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 Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to Bus Driver, 02-01-2001 17:41:10  
That reminds me of the time I was going out for a ride on my motorcycle. I started her up and was making my way out the parking lot. I looked over and saw a woman waving at me and shouting something. I kept going, but her waving and yelling became more animated.

I figured she just wanted to tell me how cool my bike was, so I shut her down to talk to her. I missed most of what she said except the word "fire". I looked down and flames were shooting out from under the seat on both sides of the bike. I jumped off and flipped up the seat and finally fanned the flames into submission.
I sheepishly thanked her and started pushing my bike home.

It turns out the battery cable was somewhat frayed, causing them to heat up to the point the battery caught fire. Everything being equal, I got out of that one pretty cheap....BB

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Bill B

02-01-2001 19:43:09




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 Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to Bus Driver, 02-01-2001 17:41:10  
So you got to the kitchen door just as the bird was well cooked, huh?
Sorry, couldnt resist. Thanks for the warning. Sorta like 2 years ago in spring when we took the model A tudor out for a ride, and a mouse ran up the leg of the little girl in the back seat, up her front to her shoulder, and jumped up to the hole in the headliner and scrambled in. You can bet she watched that hole like a hawk the rest of the ride.

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Alvin

02-01-2001 18:28:50




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 Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to Bus Driver, 02-01-2001 17:41:10  
What about the wren--she was homeless and no body took up a collection for her..



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Glenn

02-02-2001 07:45:16




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 Re: Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to Alvin, 02-01-2001 18:28:50  
Better watch out - the animal-rights crazies may try to take away your 140 for destroying "native habitat"!!! ;-)



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burns

02-02-2001 03:46:46




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 Re: Re: Warning when Spring gets here in reply to Alvin, 02-01-2001 18:28:50  
They were probably to busy with hunting the newly opened wren season.



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