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Rod51M
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:06 am    Post subject: Leaky Fuel Bowl Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Reasembled fuel bowl on my '51 M is leaking. It didn't leak previously and during restoration I took it off to clean. Rubber washer/gasket that sealed it seems in good shape so I reused it. Well, it isn't sealing anymore. If you look at the photo I attached, you'll see the seal (sticking out from underneath the filter) doesn't even come close to the edge of the aluminum housing. Seems too small to me and I would think that the seal should go out to the edge of the housing inorder to give the bowl a good surface to mate to.

Any suggestions are appreciated. I plan on opening the IH dealer tomorrow at 7:00 and picking up another seal - hope it's wider.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:54 am    Post subject: Re: Leaky Fuel Bowl Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They swell and they shrink. The best way I have found to reuse one is when you remove the gasket throw it in a tin can full of gas, but the ethanol has usually ruined them.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Leaky Fuel Bowl Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks, I should have thought of keeping it in gas, but now it has been about 6 months that it's been dry.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Leaky Fuel Bowl Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Go get a new gasket, There are two different sizes, one for the short bowl. The gasket measures 2 inch OD. There also is one for the long bowl, measures 2 1/8 OD You need the larger one for the M. The IH part number for the gasket is 355888R1.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Leaky Fuel Bowl Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i use cork i have had better luck with it than rubber
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Leaky Fuel Bowl Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have used both rubber and cork. Even made one in a pinch from a large o-ring ( still useing it ). If all the dealer has is rubber I would go on line and order cork. Does much better with the "new improved" gasoline. I even replaced the rubber seal on the new gascap with cork.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Leaky Fuel Bowl Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is a non-hardening silicone made by Dow-Corning that works good. Molykote 111. I haven't used a new gasket for many years unless I tear one. It stays soft & gas doesn't affect it. Good on gas line fittings too.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Leaky Fuel Bowl Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you have an O'Reilly's auto part close by they sell the cork type fuel strainer gasket for around $1.25 and it is part number 398. I keep a bunch of them on hand just for that problem
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:50 am    Post subject: Re: Leaky Fuel Bowl Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If the ethanol screws them up how come all my tractors with the rubber gaskets dont leak. Maybe you just got one from a supplier who sold cheap stuff. Been getting my rubber ones from NAPA for many yrs on many tractors that i have worked on ect.
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