yesterday i was back blading with the 1886 and started to smell more and more of a gas smell. pulled it into the barn and smoke was starting to come out of the engine area. popped the hood open and find the front of the engine tins are soaked in gas. i quickly shut it down and ran to the house for an extinguisher. well it was not needed thank god. i pin pointed the source of the leak to the fuel pump. the rod that goes through the pump housing was a bit pushed out that holds the arm which goes into the engine block. also some of the screws were loose on the pump as well. i tightened them all up and pushed the pin back into the housing. now there is a very minor leak at the pin. it might not be too bad but i don't want fuel leaking on a hot engine!
i have seen online replacement ones that are made of plastic. has anyone used these? these are factory replacement ones. i wonder how well they hold up? does anybody have a GOOD used one for sale? or a rebuild kit for those?