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Where there is smoke.....

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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:
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Larry BL ask: " Did ya get the last bolt off? I assume so sence you found the oily tinder."

Yes I did, and thars a story in itself!:fing20: I used a special socket and twisted the bolt into... then I was trying to remove the oil reservoir and snapped the hose inlet off the tank, when it snapped my elbow hit the lamp I was using as a trouble light and busted the bulb on the floor! There I stand in the dark, the container full of hydro. fluid pouring out on the floor (it took me a few moments to realize that) with an open and on broken light bulb.... Once I regained my composure and took the tank outside and unplugged the extension cord, got a flashlight and started cleaning up the mess I had poured fluid to within an inch of the broken bulb.....Two near misses in two nights, too much for me....I stayed in the house the third night....:drunkie:
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