I just wanted to post a warning/reminder to let every one know to check their tractors and mowers for mouse and bird nest before using them, especially if they are stored outdoors.
Yesterday I had to take my IH 504 about a mile up the road to pull a truck that I bought out of the weeds and jumped on the tractor and just took off like I normally do. Well about 3/4 of the way to were I needed to go white smoke started pouring out from under the hood. After I stopped the tractor and shut it down I saw a very scary sight, Fire. It turns out that a mouse or bird built a nest of pine needles on top the engine and exhaust manifold and when it got hot enough it caught fire. To make matters worse the fire was right in front of the fuel tank. Thankfully we were able to get the fire out quickly and all that was lost was a t-shirt and not the tractor. Also it's not like this tractor has been sitting for months or years, it has only been two weeks max. since it was last run so it just goes to show, it doesn't take an animal very long to build a nest that could potentially cost you something valuable.