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#1 drhntrrmw OFFLINE  

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Posted November 07, 2011 - 11:41 AM

My 1967 110 that I bought was sitting for quite some time and the gas has varnished up and made an awful mess.

The gas tank is plugged, the carb is really messy and I even noticed some gunk in the engine where the carb bolts on.

I'm cleaning the carb and rebuilding it but would like some guidance on cleaning the engine and gas tank.

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Posted November 07, 2011 - 12:33 PM

I'm sure there is a down side to this, but in that situation, I have had very good luck with straight acetone. Left it in for about 1/2 hr, shaking the tractor once in a while. Then drained, refilled with gas and started it up. Worked for me, use at your own risk.
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Posted November 07, 2011 - 09:46 PM

As for the gas tank, if you have a local speed shop in the area, that rebuilds high performance motors, take the tank to them and ask them to soak it in the acid tank. This acid will not only take off the varnish, but will make your tank look like new on the inside, and will strip the paint on the exterior, so all you have to do is prime and paint. I have used acetone as well on the carb, but found that bug and tar remover works a little better. Let the carb sit in the remover for about an hour, and then rinse. Do the same for the motor opening, using a good stiff toothbrush. Remove the worst with a dentist tool, or thin edged tool, so that when you use the bug and tar remover, it will work a little faster.
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Posted November 09, 2011 - 05:55 AM

Some good advice above. I usually change out the fuel line. Any fuel screens should be checked for blockage and any inline filters changed out after you get all the gunk out of the tank.

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Posted November 09, 2011 - 08:29 AM

Great information, thank you all.

Any suggestions on intracate parts. My high speed needle on my carb is plugged.

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Posted November 10, 2011 - 07:52 AM

Pull the needle out and spray carburetor cleaner into the opening. Worked for me. Good luck!

Great information, thank you all.

Any suggestions on intracate parts. My high speed needle on my carb is plugged.



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Posted November 10, 2011 - 11:35 AM

If the problem is in the needle itself you can use a fine wire (sometimes called a cat's wisker) to get it cleared. Be careful though, as the wire can break. I wouldn't do this in the body of the carb for that reason.

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Posted November 10, 2011 - 07:51 PM

I wanted to share a link regarding tuning up a John Deere 110 tractor, including cleaning tank and carb. I ran across this resource when researching my 110 tractor. I have not gone through the process yet, but it looks to be practical and helpful information for anyone wanting to maintain and service their 110.

John Deere 110 Tune-Up

- Mark

Edited by markdombroski, November 10, 2011 - 11:37 PM.

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