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    Carburetors... Tractors..

    In the last 18 months much has been going on. I sold my house and bought the family home back (the house my parents built). Mom had sold it in 2015 because she could no longer handle it. Two years later I bought it back and moved Mom (and I) back home. Mom was in her 90's and so it was a good move. She spent the entire summer of 2017 sitting on her screened porch watching the land clearing and she got her view of the distant hills back as well as the pond reclaimed.

    Less than a year passed and we were into the winter. In February, about a month after coming home from a brief hospital stay, Mom passed away at home in "her house" in her bed. I was her primary care giver. We had some help coming in days so I could go to work.

    It has been 8 months since she passed away. The last of the work has been completed. The big steel building is up, the new roof is on and some windows have been replaced. After clearing the land it now must be kept clear and to that end I bought a tractor.

    This is an IH 674 GAS tractor with a 2200 loader. It is not new but the price was right, the tires look good and it seems a decent machine. I got it with a Bendix slippage issue with the starter. So, I took the starter in and had it rebuilt and put it back in.

    It is a sweet running tractor. However, suddenly it has stopped starting. Or it will start and die immediately and so the diagnostics begin. Fuel is fine.. it is getting to the carburetor. I have spark, but the fuel is not getting from the Carb to the spark plugs. So the issue is in the carburetor.

    I have had NO TIME to work on this thing. I had three weekends in a row tied up but FINALLY I have had the time to research and line up a carburetor rebuilding kit. This is for a Marvel Schebler TSX updraft carb and the kit is the same for all three models. I found a Marvel Schebler carburetor shop manual on line (download it for FREE! YAY!). It covers both updraft and side draft carbs.

    I am looking forward to getting that kit and rebuilding the carb and getting my tractor running. I picked up a used 6 foot Rotary Brush cutter so I have that. Next spring I want to put up fences and this tractor can help with that too.

    It will be a nice thing to fix this myself. We will see if this old woman still "has it." It has been 25 years since I pulled down an updraft carburetor...

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    Re: Carburetors... Tractors..

    I really only have experience with garden tractors and the like, but I wonder to what kind of gas has been used in it, regular 89 has more ethanol and has a tendency to gunk up carbs.

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    Re: Carburetors... Tractors..

    I did get her going with some of the kit used and she runs well. Have to fiddle with the Carb each time a little. I use non-ethanol gas in her. Always!!

    Next I have to slip the clutch on the rotary brush cutter and grease that and we brush cut.. after which the oil will be changed.

    I have my eye on another tractor.. IH 584 with a loader that needs tranny (or clutch) work. That is diesel and was purchased new and has only had one owner. Also around 55 to 60 HP.

    One can NEVER have too many tractors.

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