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Happy Face Gas Tank


| January/February 1997

  • Gas Tank


  • Gas Tank

11976 Montague Road, Winnebago, Illinois 61088

This is a picture of my Happy Face Gas Tank!

My Tom Thumb had set all winter with a full tank of gas and a battery in the box. Walking by, I threw the switch and turned the flywheel to see if the coil buzzed, BOOM!!! and I was standing in a pool of gasoline on the floor. Why it didn't ignite I'll never know. If it had ignited I'm sure I would not be writing this. The moral: Be careful out there.

Looking things over afterwards I discovered the spark wire was lying on the gas tank!





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