I think you are right on the engine color, so it probably was a transplant.Do the Cricut's use standard sign vinyl? You can buy masking vinyl that makes removal a lot easier. Sometimes it's still a good idea to trim with the exacto like you did anyway. I've been cutting vinyl in the same old 24" cutter since 1992.DAC
I'm pretty sure the Cricut vinyl is just standard vinyl. I've only boughten it from Cricut. On some of the craft forums people talk about going to their local sign shop to buy vinyl, so I guess any of it would work. I wasn't aware of masking vinyl, I'll have to keep that in mind for the future.
<p>MN, thank you for the info on the rims. Now as for the fuel tank, muffler, and dipsticks, here are my observations as I've had probably four or more of the MF12's through here and found some info in the parts catalog:
- The large muffler with chrome guard was not an option but rather was standard equipment on the newest of the MF-12s, according to the parts book, it started with SN = 1446806983 and up. Prior to that a "pepper pot" muffler was used.
- The larger 19-5/8" fuel tank was standard on the older MF-12 tractors but just as with the change in muffler, at SN = 1446806983 they went to the smaller 14-1/2" tank.
- The dipstick with tube was not used until SN 1446806953 (very close to the change in tanks and mufflers).
- The fuel tanks on these MFs are prone to rust and contaminant problems. I took one apart and found that it was really one tank with another tank slid over the end and soldered onto it with a small passage between the two. Its very difficult to clean the outermost compartment.
Good info on the muffler/fuel tank/dipstick situation. And, you're definitely right about cleaning the fuel tank. I bought a cleaner/seal kit from Eastwood Auto and getting all of the cleaner out and the sealer in was a chore. I've used the same kits on motorcycle tanks with no problems, but the baffles inside this one were difficult to work with.