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Old 05-14-2019, 11:48 PM
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Default luck?

Compounding bad luck struck me the other day.
My new motor runs too rich sometimes, so I snuck the middle [primary] carb out of its spot, [pic one] and took it apart to figure out what went wrong and fix it. I blew it all out and checked the power valve, [it seemed OK], and put the carb back on. [Quite a job] It still weeped gas around the base, so I finagled it back out of there and took it into the shop. I was blowing up a front tire on the tractor right beside the truck so I could take the tractor away and remove the snow blade and put on the bucket again. While I was setting the carb on the bench I heard a 'poof'. That had to be a tire blowing up. Sure enough, a hole had blown in the face of the tire right at the ground. There's a hole in the packed gravelly ground a little bigger than a five gallon pail, and quite a bit of that dirt went onto my much loved truck. Very seldom would anyone have an open intake manifold five feet from a dirt explosion, [pic two]. Anyhow, I changed out the power valve and set the float level down a bit and that seemed to work.
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:32 AM
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I don't like where this story is going, hopefully it doesn't end with a rock or something in your intake. That would be my luck
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:13 AM
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dang, hee haw comes to mind, if it wern't for bad luck ectectect

did you vacuum out the intake for dirt and stuff?

sending good thoughts it is all done with the bad and onto the good

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Old 05-15-2019, 03:05 AM
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Ole Murphy made his way up north I guess.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:41 AM
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Always cover your intake when your tire coughs....Small area...what are the chances? .......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ5Q4FbjMhA
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:06 AM
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:35 AM
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Sounds like "Torchie Syndrome" strikes again.
Glad it wasn't worse.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:06 AM
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Wow Mac! I'm glad that you weren't beside the exploding tire. Hopefully you vacuumed any potential junk out of the intake before putting it back together, and probably after cleaning your shorts...
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:50 PM
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It turns out that the tube on the vacuum cleaner is exactly the right size to fit down the intake holes, so I'm confident that I cleaned it out.
What are the chances of having a tire blow right when you have an open intake right beside it.
The tractor in the background is not the culprit, it's the one behind the camera that's about five feet from the truck that caused the grief. I had been standing between the truck and the bad tractor only seconds before.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:02 PM
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Gives new meaning to the derogatory/slang term, "Suck Rocks!"

I hope your brand new engine survives the dirty disaster with no ill effects, mac.

I can't imagine a tractor tire blowing out explosively. I'd expect big volume and an instant "pressure wave" you can't avoid, no matter how quick or slow you might be.

I had a tire explode on my lift once... a four post lift like yours... I did a simple oil change on my wife's SUV and before I dropped it back to the floor, I checked tire pressure all around. I added a few pounds where needed, finished with the passenger front and walked around to the lift controls at driver side front... just as I laid my hands on the controls, the passenger front tire burst with a bang and noise I can only relate to a shotgun's muzzle next to your ear. (Thanks to my buddy Charlie, I know exactly how that feels and sounds.) I was completely deaf for a minute and the ringing lasted a little longer... regardless, I'm glad the tire didn't fail 10 or 15 seconds before, when my face was fully and completely in the blast zone... it could have killed me.

My point is, I'm glad you weren't injured or killed when the tire let go. When you're dead, it doesn't matter how many toys you have!

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