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What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby kjoiner » Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:43 pm

Hello,

I was just curious as to what others think about the reproduction IH carburetors carried by Steiner and others. I've still got my original carburetor and have flattened it, rebuilt it with an IH kit etc. It works pretty well. The drain plug is pretty much stripped out along with the inlet threads, but it doesn't drip too much. I was mostly curious.

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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby Don McCombs » Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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The stripped threads can be helicoiled. Why spend $250 on a new carburetor when your existing one can be repaired for a few dollars?
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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby Bob McCarty » Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:41 pm

Try some teflon tape on the drain plug. That one is pipe thread (NPT) and those helicoil kits are pricey.

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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby DieselDennis » Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:07 pm

Don McCombs wrote:http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=139&t=20230

The stripped threads can be helicoiled. Why spend $250 on a new carburetor when your existing one can be repaired for a few dollars?


Bolt threads can be helicoil repaired pretty easily. However, if the OP has a drain plug thread that's leaking, then helicoil won't help. Best to drill & tap to next size plug if allowable.
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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby Randy Tuura » Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:16 pm

Don McCombs wrote:http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=139&t=20230

...Why spend $250 on a new carburetor when your existing one can be repaired for a few dollars?


I've got a Steiner on mine. I got it because I need a tractor that works. I don't need to mess with a carb that has been mangled by a PO like mine was. Spent 2 years tinkering with it with gasket kits, helicoils etc and always had trouble and no power in the tractor. 2 years now and the Steiner works perfectly and doesn't drip a drop of gasoline. Before I couldn't mow up a steep incline with my Woods 59, but with the new carb it is no problem. Put a Steiner sediment bowl assembly on this fall and no more leaks there either.

The way I figured, the price of a "new" carb was a whole lot less than a decent push mower. But I'm not 15 any more, work for a living and don't have the time to spend 12 to 15 hours a week chasing a hand mower. The tractor gets it done in an hour or two.

But if you want to tinker to save a few bucks, that's okay too.
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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby TomE » Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:34 pm

I had one that needed to be straightened, blasted, and rebuilt. I was broke down with a lot of chores to do. So, I broke down and got a new 3/4 updraft. Put it on. It only needed a minor adjustment, and has mowed, plowed, disked, and pushed snow over a year. It runs great.

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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby Matt Kirsch » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:16 pm

Not all carbs can be fixed or are worth fixing, and for those the reproduction carburetor is a fine replacement.

However, MOST carburetors have less wrong with then than typical brand new reproductions do when they arrive on your doorstep after being tossed, thrown, punched, kicked, rolled, slammed, bounced, smashed, pummeled, shaken, and dropped by your average UPS/Fedex handler. Plus they're not cheap.

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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby SundaySailor » Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:30 pm

Matt Kirsch wrote:Not all carbs can be fixed or are worth fixing, and for those the reproduction carburetor is a fine replacement.

However, MOST carburetors have less wrong with then than typical brand new reproductions do when they arrive on your doorstep after being tossed, thrown, punched, kicked, rolled, slammed, bounced, smashed, pummeled, shaken, and dropped by your average UPS/Fedex handler. Plus they're not cheap.



Agreed with both comments. My old carb had seen many better days. I finally opted for the new updraft carb that TM was selling at the time. It arrived toot sweet (as usual), and safely wrapped. It didn't take long before I had my cub up and running the right way. I've not looked back at my purchase.

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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:29 pm

For all the folks buying and installing new carburetors... more power to you. Send me your old, worthless carbs. I'd be happy to dispose of them for you. I'll PM you my mailing address. :D
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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby Bill Hudson » Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:50 pm

Don McCombs wrote:For all the folks buying and installing new carburetors... more power to you. Send me your old, worthless carbs. I'd be happy to dispose of them for you. I'll PM you my mailing address. :D


I was thinking the same thing but you beat me to it. :)

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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby Cecil » Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:16 pm

How about me too.

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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby Bigdog » Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:47 pm

Just my opinion but there are very few carbs that cannot be repaired by the collective knowledge of just a few guys on this forum. It would have to be mangled pretty badly to be non-repairable.
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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:16 pm

If you want to send those broken ones to me, I'll even pay postage. :D

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Re: What are the opinions on reprduction carburetors

Postby Bill Hudson » Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:17 am

Paid $5 for a buggered up, frozen up carb that needed some tender loving care. After a thorough going over, it now serves faithfully on a Cub. It took a bit of time, a couple of parts and now it is very useable.

I was scared to work on a carb, but after watching Don McCombs and Cecil rebuild several carbs, I gave it a try and have since done a few myself with great results. If I can do it, it is within the grasp of anyone.

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