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Easy Way To “Winter Start” Older Tractors
Ed Brouwer, Osoyoos, B.C., used to have a lot of trouble starting his old David Brown 1200 Selectamatic tractor when temps got cold. “I needed to use a lot of starter fluid to get it to run,” he says.

    “The problem was that the place to spray starting fluid was 4 ft. from the tractor’s clutch pedal and ignition key. I had to spray starting fluid into the pre-filter, then run over to a step, climb up into the seat, depress the clutch, and turn the ignition key. By that time all the starting fluid had evaporated. So I’d try again and again. It would normally take a dozen or so attempts, and all the running back and forth caused my asthma to flare up.

    “One day when I was hurriedly trying to climb the step I slipped on some ice and fell on my butt. I was pretty frustrated and almost said a bad word. But then I asked myself, ‘What would the readers of FARM SHOW do?’

    “A light came on, and within 15 min. I had the problem solved. I removed the pre-filter housing from the tractor hood and inserted a piece of pvc pipe with an elbow into the line that comes up from the oil bath filter. The pipe extends back to the steering wheel, so I can use starter fluid without having to get off the tractor. It’s supported by a metal bracket that’s screwed onto the hood.

    “It works slick. All I do is spray starter fluid into the end of the pipe and turn the ignition key. It usually takes only one try and the tractor starts right up.

    “This idea saves wear and tear on my body and also saves on starting fluid. And, it impressed my wife – a win-win situation all the way around.”

     Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ed Brouwer, P.O. Box 914, Osoyoos, B.C., Canada V0H 1V0 (ph 250 495-4877; aka-opa@hotmail.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6