In Reply to: Re: Cranking but no start posted by Jack - Iowa on June 14, 2018 at 06:52:19:
Good point on the battery. Rarely there will be a small draw across the ignition or light switches. Easily checked with a test light in series with the grounded battery cable.
Typically batteries lose about ten percent per month under normal conditions. Extreme cold or heat will affect the rate of static drain. Additionally cleaning the top of the battery when you lay it up will help maintain the charge.
If the machine ran when you laid it up, charge the battery, replace the shut off valve, (easy to do now as the tank is empty), add fuel and go farmin', showin, paradin' or whatever other chore you have for it.
Whyever would you agonize over a leaking fuel shut off valve? I can see it if the goal is to restore a machine to "as sold", but......It's not like you have to decide whether or not to replace or merely grind a crankshaft. Replace the valve. There is one on Amazon for $15 with free shipping. Buy it by application. My buddy put one from Cross Creek Tractor on his Ferguson last year and it's doing fine. I just installed one on my 2n. No leaks.