2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
They’ve Been Rebuilding Carburetors Since 1957
“My father started this business in 1957,” says shop owner Jim Leitenberger, who figures he’s worked on several thousand carburetors in the past 50 years. “We still work on many of the same carburetors we worked on 30, 40 or 50 years ago,” John says, “but now many of them are from older equipment that’s being restored, so they’re difficult to dismantle because of seized parts.”
A large portion of Treadwell’s business is rebuilding older farm tractor carburetors, including those for Deere, Farmall, International, Ford, Ferguson, Minneapolis Moline, Massey Harris, Allis, Cletrac, BF Avery and Oliver.
Leitenberger says they’ve dealt with all types of carburetor problems, ranging from worn out parts to carburetors that have sat for years on old equipment and are rusted tight. “We dismantle every carburetor that comes into the shop, clean all the parts and see what needs to be replaced,” says Leitenberger. Gaskets and O-rings are often cracked and defective, causing fuel and air leaks and poor engine performance. Treadwell will replace parts with new ones and they’re also able to machine worn and warped castings back within tolerance. “We do whatever it takes for a good and lasting job,” Leitenberger says.
For quality assurance, Treadwell runs every carb that it rebuilds on a test engine before it’s shipped back to the customer. Rebuilt units are checked for idle, acceleration, flooding and leaks. “Quality is more important to us than anything,” Leitenberger says. “We want our customers happy with our work.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Treadwell Carburetor Co., 4870 County Hwy. 14, Treadwell, New York 13846 (ph 607 829-8321; www.carbsandkits.com).
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