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Friday, November 14, 2014

Patching a leaking fuel filter

Baling wire is somewhat of a legend. However, baling wire is but a metaphor for "whatever is at hand."
It reminds me of the time the rotor came apart in my brother's Ford Ranger going past Mt. Shasta at night and we fixed it with chewing gum and the aluminum wrapper the gum came in.
A couple days ago I had several sales for pig feed. 
As soon as I discovered my customer was on his way things started to go wrong.
First of all the forklift would not start, secondly I got a call that a truck was on the way to collect 780 bales of straw, and it all sort of continued from there.
I started with fixing the forklift.
It would seem there is a second fuel filter that has never been changed. It was somewhat covered in oil and it was leaking. 
Diesel fuel is horrible nowadays. Has water and alcohol and whatever other crap the clever folks put in fuel to make our vehicles run badly.
We did not have the filter.
It had a rather large leak which caused it to spray diesel on the fan belt.

Fortunately someone has been drinking a lot of Coors Original Banquet in the neighborhood and I found a can nearby. Equally fortuitous was that it was empty, otherwise there would also have been the job of pouring it back into the horse... 
I'm imagining that the can probably came out of the back of the my neighbor's pickup. He picks up cans alongside the road.

A little work with my pocket knife and an extra big hose clamp out of the scrap barrel and I was back in business. 
Which is not to say, that things improved all that much.
After dumping boxes of wheat screenings, peas, flaxseed, and a random half a ton of buckwheat, into a powerbin which I have semi – permanently borrowed from Wilco, I discovered it would not feed out the auger.
So, my customer ran the auger while I poked the mixture through the intake with a long piece of PVC pipe. I discovered he is quite a safety conscious guy.
He moved really fast when I fell into the bin.
It was ok, there was a screen over the auger... AND I had eye protection!
have a nice day!


  1. "a powerbin which I have semi – permanently borrowed from Wilco"
    I didn't see nothin' :-)

    I've found that things go bad really fast when the auger snatches the PVC pipe out of your hands and it wraps around the auger. Used to be that most of the area powerbins had both hoses routed through the spool valve so the bonehead that wrapped up the pipe could simply push the lever the other way and save the embarrasment of turning the auger backward with a 36" pipe wrench to extract the doomed pipe. The newer ones all have the return line piped directly to the reservoir.

  2. Oh, can I send that picture to ?

  3. Careful now. The "safety police" will be all over you if you promote such dangerous activities to impressionable eyes on the internet. Like the video in which I stepped over a running flat belt powering my antique IH hammer mill..
    That is some innovative repair work though. I might have tried duct tape on the filter.

  4. Keep the screen on the auger. here are laws against that kind of protein additive in feed.

  5. 1) Coors pre-dated the industry going w/ aluminum cans. I like the patch.
    2) Safety.

  6. Maybe he just figured all that flesh would cause protien overload.


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