I was in my outbuilding "working" on restoring my MF12 to a serviceable condition... I was trying to remove the seat pan which is one piece with fenders and a storage compartment with a hydraulic fluid reservoir and hydro. vent in it.
Well like 98% of the bolts in this tractor they wouldn't break loose so I grabbed the 4" angle grinder and ground off the heads of the bolts.... As I was grinding off the 3rd bolt I was thinking How am I going to get that last bolt since there was no way I could reach it with the grinder... I noticed a wisp of smoke come up thru the pan by the Hydro breather....Did I see that?... then a little thicker wisp of smoke...Oh SHIrT! I have the beginning of a fire on the greasiest part of my tractor and I can't get to it because the rest of the bolts are still holding... NO water, compressed air or power for that matter in this building, only one 200Ft extension cord from the house.... smoke getting heavier.... I finally spot 2 bottles of water ...I grabbed one thinking oil fire and water...and start pouring water in every hole I see near the smoke... As I ran out of water the smoke finally stopped. Once I finally got the seat pan off I found a field mouse condo from years past. The nesting materials were so dry and oily that when I touched a match to it it was instant fire!
That was a lesson I will not soon forget... Now I have 4 gallon jugs of water AND a fire extinguisher in my little out building. I hope the wife doesn't fuss too much about the soiled laundry...:Stop::fing20: