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  • Homemade Tractor Carburetor Bonnet, Weld Or Braze?

    Afternoon,
    I am making a carburetor bonnet for my low clearance tractor hood. Using things from the scrap pile I came up with a plan. The ring is .080" galvanised fuel tank strap. I flattened out one end of a 2 1/4" .050" wall fence post for the air inlet. The base is some kind of cast metal and the lid is chrome. I have 1/16" 6013 sticks and can weld down to 50 amps. I also have some Forney 48490 3/32" flux coated brazing rods and 1/8" flat 48571 brazing rods.

    What would you recomend to a fella who isn't the best at either method?

    Would brazing be a good idea to fuse the bonnet base, lid and ring together or should I just make a couple of gaskets?

    Thank's,
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    Made gaskets.
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      Testing

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        Test

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          Cool project.

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            Thank's. My neighbor patched the holes I made with his wire feed. It seems that when these tractors loose their correct intake plumbing the hoods get cut and a paper air filter goes in place. Mine look's butchered but it is somewhat like the originals. I'll make a better bonnet one day.

            EDIT: Below is an original, not mine.

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