I revisited my mom's Sears GT16-6 today--I had upgraded the carb float to brass a couple years ago--it ran fine for 1-2 hours at my shop, and for a couple days at mom's, then started acting fuel starved and finally wouldn't start.
Having already worked on it several times in the past, I threw in the towel and let mom borrow my Sears GT-18... well, it finally died as well.
So, I had acquired an Onan P218 ?? and decided to swap out the factory engine in mom's tractor with the newer Onan.
Started to take the engine out--removed mounting bolts, disconnected throttle, choke and coil wires, removed belts, and started taking the tank off as I planned to install new fuel line from the tank to the carb. I had installed new line when I had the tractor the last time, but I thought there may be some problem I wasn't aware of.
When I finally got the tank up and out from under the seat suspension spring, the hose tore at the tank nipple... it was also kinked over to where it looked like it wasn't passing much fuel...
So, I hooked up the tank above the dash, put a little oil in the spark plug holes, changed the oil, and spun it without plugs to make sure there was adequate lube everywhere... When I put the plugs in, she fired up and kept running!!
That makes me think the fuel line originally was slightly kinked, but still allowed fuel to pass, but after it been working a little, the hose softened and bent even more--finally shutting off the fuel flow.
So, long story short... Is there any trick to hooking up the fuel line to the plastic tank, and not pinching it off? The fuel line has to do a 90 degree bend to the front, and I don't want to kink it shut again... Let me know how you all have handled this in the past.