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Posted July 24, 2011 - 09:44 AM

Well I am Sooo Glad I used my head and decide NOT to just throw a battery in the ST16 i just brought home before taking the tin off and going over it. I was Soooooo tempted..But As I told you in the previous Post, this tractor sat in a Barn for 10 years so i knew it had to have Tenants I think these Pics would make Great Cover Shots. if someone wanted to write a Blog Entitled "Step One: Before You Start It" I learned my lesson the hard way years ago I started a tractor that, unbeknown to me, had a nest like this and the engine heat ignited the Nest in a Burst of Flames and I almost lost the whole tractor. Luckily I had a Hose Handy. Now I Never start any tractor that's been sitting a long time without pulling off the tin first.
I know Most of you guys are undoubtedly aware of this problem but Just for newer guys that aren't I thought it was worth sharing.
Here are some Pics & a Close up Video.
‪Sears GT16 Update Part 3‬‏ - YouTube

Allright....Now It's Shop Vac Time!

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Edited by DanO, July 24, 2011 - 11:04 AM.

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Posted July 24, 2011 - 10:03 AM

Man would you have had a dust storm if you had fired her up!



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Posted July 24, 2011 - 11:35 AM

Man would you have had a dust storm if you had fired her up!

Or a fire. Good Call opening her up.

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Posted July 24, 2011 - 01:33 PM

I went to look at an old MTD once and when the guy started it two mice made it out and at least one more didn't. The cooling fins on flywheels make good meat grinders.:puke2:

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Posted July 24, 2011 - 03:00 PM

Good call on looking in there. Looks like the condos are history now. Hope they haven't chewed up any wires.

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Posted July 24, 2011 - 03:16 PM

It always pays to have a good look at a stored tractor before attempting to fire it up. My MF8 had a nest in the console area. I guess the 8HP Tec. was too small for them to make a nest in. We have red squirrels up here that like to nest in stuff and can cause serious damage . They seem to love chewing on wiring.

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Posted July 24, 2011 - 04:10 PM

That's a nice nest...I think I see where the latrine was! Mice are nasty creatures!