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post #1 of 16 Old 11-17-2010, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Waterproof Tractor?

I've just about had it with models which have their gas cap exposed to the elements. Why do so many have the gas cap out in the open?

I've had several Cub, Deere, Simplicity, Ford, MTD, Sears, and other tractors which take on water when it rains. The gauge caps are vented and trickle in water.
No matter how well you cover, tarp, or try to protect the cap, water seems to find it's way inside.
So far the only model I've found that's immune to this is my 1250 Bolens with the tank under the hood.
I've tried coffee can's laundry soap caps, tarps, nothing is fool proof.
We're going into what may be another snowy season and don't care to be outside for hours in the cold trying to clear out a frozen fuel system or tank full of water.

For example, I just drained the tank, replaced the fuel hose, rebuilt the carb on my Simplicity 3410. It got dark, so I tossed a trash bag over the tank, closed the hood, and tarped it over for the night. We got about 1/2" of rain and wind, the tarp was shredded by the next afternoon when I got back. The trash bag was still intact. I left the fuel tank bone dry after having flushed it out with clean fuel and blowing it out with air. It now had a 1/4" of water in it. The bag had gotten wet underneath somehow and the water still found it's way through the brand new gauge cap. There was still water sitting on the gauge surface.

I don't use the Bolens for snow, the plow set up is on the Simplicity. That's the machine that needs to be replaced. The Bolens is too big to fit in some places I need to go, and my Bolens has a FEL on it at all times.

The Simplicity does both trailer moving duty parking my boat, and snow plowing when needed.

I'd be open to looking for another model tractor and plow if I knew rain getting into the tank would be eliminated.
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What can I say ..... water hates you.

I bet Al Gore would blame global warming for the phenomenon you experienced....

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you sure you don't have an enemy living next door?

i've never had a problem but i keep everything inside. maybe just keep your fuel mixed the "Heat" gas treatment.


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The older Deeres 110,112,120,140 all have the tank under the hood.


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A bone dry tank is NO Good. You might better keep it clear full. You will get far more water in the tank when it is empty from condensation then you every will through that little air hole in the gas cap. Take a jar with a lid on it and poke a 1/16 inch hole in it and turn the garden hose on it full bore and see how much water you can get in the jar. Gas caps are normally domed so the water will not collect and run in. I will agree that OLD meter caps that have lost there seal can and will collect water and drain it into the tank. TOSS IT!!
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anyway to rig an older wheeler gas cap on, or switch out the tank? the old 4 wheeler caps had a hose that you can run anywhere youd like

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Build a shed?

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The AC B-110, B-112, and early B-207 had the gas cap under hood. Best thing is to not leave them out in the rain.

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Most of the older Sears tractors had the tank under the hood...but they aren't immune to water intrusion,as steel tanks like to sweat and make condensation...

I'd at least put a roof over the tractor if it must be left out to the weather--a full enclosure would be better...I've considered making one of my utility trailers into an enclosed one so I could store a tractor in it,yet still have it close to the garage so I can use it when it snows--my sheds are 75 feet out in the back yard and can be inaccessable if it snows deep enough!..

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Re: Waterproof Tractor?

Sounds like condensation.My mower has the tank under the hood and I keep it inside a completely enclosed building.I still pick up a little water when it rains, or the humility,I mean humidity is high.My tank vent through the cap.
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I never let rain touch my tractors....

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Originally Posted by Kbeitz View Post
I never let rain touch my tractors....
Your tractors are spoiled.......lol

I keep as many as possible in the shed/garage.....getting tougher to find room.

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Condensation. I've never seen that happen to a JD, even those that never see a shed.
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If only John Delorean was alive to build stainless steel garden tractors,,,,,, with gulwing doors.

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Just build a ramp to the front door of your house, and puller her in like I do. And tell the ol lady to keep her yap shut. No wait buy a electric one, and come back and ask us, how do I keep everything from rusting.


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