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#1 New.Canadian.DB.Owner OFFLINE  

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Posted December 07, 2014 - 12:42 PM

Seems the more tractors I have, the more creative they are getting with their ways of breaking.  Any idea how to fix this one?

 

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Posted December 07, 2014 - 12:53 PM

Is that a muffler with a fogger fitting?


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 12:55 PM

If it's a muffler, then it being out close to the end of the muffler body, I think brazing would work fine.  I've had braze actually melt & let go when put too close to the block on the pipe.


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 01:01 PM

It is a round gas tank.  The fitting for the fuel shut off has come off.


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 01:03 PM

Is that threaded or brazed on the metal?


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 01:04 PM

Looks like the outlet for a fuel tank for me. 

 

I've had that happen a time or two.  JB Weld does a good job for this one.

 

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Posted December 07, 2014 - 01:07 PM

I'd solder it myself, but that has to be done very carefully with a fuel tank!   


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 01:07 PM

Worked on many big trucks and some tractors with gas tank issues that needed some welding to fix. Most places won't do that work with dangers of explosions and such. I found a local welder that fixed tanks all the time, learned from the Army or such and works on many. He cut some tanks smaller, to clear out rusted areas, fixed them and beefed up where the straps rub and rust thru, and other issues. Seems you need to have some gas inside or water or other tricks to not have blow-up. Price for such work may be too much for a little tank like this and just have to get another?  That's all I've got!


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 01:08 PM

Here is a better shot.

 

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Posted December 07, 2014 - 01:14 PM

Use one of those long fireplace matches. It can only flash once.


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 01:18 PM

I've soldered them back in before.  Pretty easy to do.  Make sure everything is clean and shiny before you start.

I've also used J.B. Weld on those.   If ya want the easy way just J.B. Weld it.


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 01:19 PM

Weld it back in and then pressure test..I have built gas tanks when aftermarket tank was not available as in this one here that was severely rotted

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Posted December 07, 2014 - 03:12 PM

   can you solder with a hot iron ? if so do it that way but fill the tank with water before you do it.  set the tank up on an angle with your hole at the top, then fill as much as you can leaving just enough space so the water wont get onto where you need to solder.  make sure all your parts are clean, put the flux on both pieces and set them together, brace them up well so they wont move.  heat up your hot iron and go to work, shouldn't take to long to fix.  just be sure to get your setup correct and all your parts cleaned super good before you start.  good luck

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Posted December 07, 2014 - 05:40 PM

I've fixed 7 hp round Kohler fuel tanks with the same exact valve setup with a large Weller sodering iron . No open flame and with you just heating a small area its not nearly as dangerous .

I'd unthread the fuel pipe out of the flange so there be less metal (mass) to heat . I'd just do a little cleanup , reheat and flow new soder into it .

 

 

 

I like JB weld and used it for a lot of repairs , but when I used it to repair a fuel tank it only held for a few days before it  got soft and started leaking again.

It might have been because of the cheap ethanol gas that we use here , that attacks about everything including rubber .


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 06:17 PM

Theoretically, it can only explode or flash if there is the right mixture of fumes and o2. If you replace the gas with a non explosive... Argon, nitrogen, helium... Your chances of safety go way up.

You could get a bunch of helium balloons and release it inside the tank? Have to be ready to work as the helium will dissipate pretty quickly' I would think.
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