Does anyone have a source for replacement OEM gas tanks that will fit a Bolens Estate Keeper EK-10 with a Wisconsin TRA-10D engine? The original gas tank on mine was pretty rusted and full of gunk and sediment. I sent it out to be hot tanked and cleaned up, but the shop just got back to me and said that there was too much rust in the bottom of the tank and it ended up with pin holes all in it, so it won't hold gas any longer.
I'm currently running it temporarily with a used plastic gas tank that I got for free. It works and the tank was very clean, however I am afraid of it because it is plastic. The first time I ran my Estate Keeper for any length of time to mow my yard with it, the engine compartment got so hot that it looked like the plastic gas tank was melting on it! The sides and bottom started caving in on it and it is all distorted now.
I would like to put the original steel gas tank back on this tractor, but where can I find one that is clean and will work? Is there anyplace that sells replacement gas tanks that will fit this engine? Do any of our sponsors have NOS OEM gas tanks for this tractor by any chance? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
(I also need to do an oil change on this engine sooner rather than later. I think this might be PART of the problem with it running hot. I also noticed it was smoking a bit from the head after running it for over an hour. It is full of oil, but the oil looks pretty dark black and sludgey right now. I have no clue how old the oil is, but the tractor has sat for over 2 years in the garage before I finally got it running again, so it is probably a couple of years older than that even. Unfortunately, I still haven't managed to find the oil drain plug on this. It was my understanding that on the EK-10's, Wisconsin manufactured a custom engine case that had a drain plug directly on the bottom. However, I can't seem to find a good way to get under there to get a good look at it and I haven't managed to find it yet. I may need a set of car ramps to drive the thing up on so I can get a good look at the underside of it...)
Edited by MailmAn, June 20, 2016 - 02:12 PM.