In Reply to: Tractor won’t start posted by Gary in GA on April 20, 2020 at 10:12:42:
Did you have the battery tested or have it on a float charger all winter? Should've had it bench tested before buying a new one. You said, "... Saw gas dripping from carburetor bowl and hose connector between carb and air tube." Fuel should enter the glass Sediment Bulb when valve is open. If you are using a plastic fuel line, that is a no-no and not recommended. How does a short just 'develop over winter'. Is it a front mount or side mount distributor? Like Bruce said, you fouled the plugs so remove, burn off with torch or one of those hand-held candle/charcoal grill igniters, gently wire brush carbon off, recheck plug gap (.027" +/- .001") and try again per Bruce's starting instructions. Firing order is 1,2,4,3 regardless if front mount or side mount. Once you get tractor running again, think about replacing that fuel line and verifying the wiring setup.