I have an International Farmall 340 tractor. It is equipped with a Zenith carburetor:
International part number: 367700 R91
Zenith (assembly) number: 12225.
I purchased a "Hygrade" rebuild kit from a local vendor which says it is for “Zenith Carburetor Series — 61 – 62 – 62 – 67 – 68 - 161 – 267,” and it seems to be the correct kit. I Googled “Zenith 267 carburetor,” and found that the Zenith website states that,
“The Model 267 design permits operation at extreme angles without flooding or starving the engine. A compact fuel shut-off solenoid can be supplied to prevent the engine from dieseling.”
So I contacted one of the dealers listed on Zeniths "dealer locator," and asked some questions:
1. Can I order a fuel shut-off solenoid (or solenoid kit), which I can install in my carburetor in place of the “main passage plug?”
2. The carburetor kit from the local vendor is missing a couple parts: the well-vent jet and the economizer jet. Can I order these (or a rebuild kit which includes them) from you?
3. What are the prices?
The Zenith dealer's reply nearly knocked me out of my chair:
"Thanks for your email. Yes, we can help.
We stock these solenoids and they are $129.95 each.
Sorry, but we don't sell internal parts to carbs separately (can you imagine
the internal cost of selling someone a pair of jets?). Seems to me that the
best way to help you is to either sell you a brand new carb or pick your
existing one up on a UPS Call Tag and rebuild it."
I have another International tractor already equipped with such a solenoid, and a replacement for that was less than thirty dollars (from the local International dealer--which is not known for its merciful pricing structure).
I decided that if I can not acquire the solenoid I requested for a considerably lower price, I will continue to endure the inconvenience of shutting off the valve at the fuel tank when I shut off my tractor engine at the end of the day.
I also decided that unless the Zenith guy could offer a rebuild at prices more competive than he did for solenoids, I believe I'd be better off to purchase a new tractor.
Does anyone know where to find a solenoid and some misc parts for my carburetor at reasonable prices?
IH Farmall 340 Zenith Carburetor Solenoid?
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