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Old 09-15-2009
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Hey Paul,
That's not a bad name for a bird, "Chicken Soup"!
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Thank you all. The screw will be 1/4 open henceforth.

Randy, I never thought of the ATF approach to clean fuel in a new filter. Clever. I purged the filter prior to reading all this and verified I was getting fuel when I replaced the return line; the engine started right up. The only problems I see with bleeding it with the screw is you may overheat the glowplugs if you are not careful, OR you may not bleed enough, thereby getting air where you don't want it. I like the ATF idea. Getting clean fuel in a clean can after filtering is a bit of a challenge.

Wish I could met you guys at some of these rallies, but schedule does not allow this year. Thanks again.
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I havn't crawled way up under it yet but it looks like you have to stick a socket up through a hole in the shelf the gen set is sitting on to drain the oil. I would like to do the job myself but pulling the drain plug looks messy. Am I missing something?
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One thing to keep in mind here is that generator was used in different years and models of 'Birds so what one person finds may not be the same as yours, in other words make sure that you are comparing M-380 models.

Randy and I performed a Kubota / Powertech transplant into my 82FC and the oil pan on mine sets very low with very little clearance between it and the generator drawer, but we made the round drain hole in the drawer large enough, you can just barely see it in this picture it is hidden a little bit by the right fuel pump, the hole to the right of that pump was for the old Perkins.



I can either get an open end wrench in there between the pan and the drawer or use a socket and ratchet from underneath, I use a large oil change container that has a small drain so if I drop the drain plug it doesn't disappear, but it can be messy.
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I think my 10k in my BMC has 2 drain plugs, one at back on an angle and one directly on bottom.
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Mine has a sticker on it that said change oil and filter a 200 hours air filter at 400 fuel filter at 200
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