I picked up the new fuel tap and bowl tonight, and answered my own question - it's bigger than it looks in the photos. In fact, it's somewhat too big, or there is something wrong with the thread in my tank. Previously, it had a plastic/nylon tap (looks like it's from a mower - branded "Victa") which I have taken out. I tried to screw in the new tap but it's very tight. I took a spanner to it, and got it in 1/3 of the thread, but then when i wound it out I realised I'm removing thread from the tap:kayno wrote:Also - is there a bush in the fuel tank outlet that the tap screws into? The hole in my tank seems larger compared to what I see in the photos of the tap, so wondering if there is a bush/reducer between tank and tap? Or maybe the tap is bigger in real life, compared to the photo of it!
I'm pretty certain it's not cross threaded, and the thread in the tank looks like it's brass (at least in colour) and it doesn't look damaged or dirty. I took a small brush to it to be sure, but I don't think it's dirt or anything. Anyone have any thoughts? Could the aftermarket tap be wrong thread/size? I feel like it's still sealing when it's would in, so I am hoping that once I have the tank ready to go back on the tractor, I'll screw it in once with a small amount of white plumbing tape, and leave it be.
And thanks Hiawatha for the detailed pics. I'm actually about to take possession of an old welder, so making my own battery carrier could be the best option. I don't have the battery bracket that's held on by the wingnuts which is disappointing, as it appears to be more than just a piece of steel strap.