The neighbor asked if I could get his generator running. His parents gave it to him because they couldn't get it started from new. Checked the hour meter and it shows 0.2 hours, pretty well confirming that. It had OLD gas (I could tell by the smell), so I wanted to check the shut-off at the tank. Went to turn the handle and the sucker came out. Scrambled for a pan to catch the stinky mess. This is what I have found so far.
Here's the genset.
This is the shutoff with half the grommet.
Here's what was in the bottom of the pan.
And here is the fuel filter and what came out of it.
This is a Parmac S 5000 genset. Brand new yet. Checked the engine oil and it is a bit overfull. I haven't checked the engine yet, but it's supposed to be a Honda according to the manual. No telling what that fuel bowl may look like!