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How to make a gas gauge to fit the Ariens snowblower

After running out of gas doing my neighbors driveway last winter and having to carry a full 5-gallon tank back to refill it, I decided that having a gas guage on my Ariens 921028 would be a good idea.

While this fuel gauge was designed to fit an Ariens gas tank with 3.8 quart capacity with a ~4" deep tank, it should be adaptable for tanks of other depths.

It consists of a Ariens gas cap (I bought a replacment cap in case I botched up the job and needed to put the OEM cap back on), and a gas guage of the proper length (5" in this case).

I used an 1-1/4" hole saw to cut out the center section of the Ariens cap.

I then screwed this onto the snowblower tank and measured the depth of fuel guage with a tape measure, from the top of the cap opening to the bottom of the tank. This determined the length of the fuel gauge needed.

I then used JB Weld, 2-part Plastic Bonder to glue the fuel guage to the into the opening of the Ariens cap (through the hole drilled with the hole saw.) The advantage in using this adhesive is that its strong, gas resistant, somewhat thick, good for filling any gaps, and has a 15 minute drying time.

After inserting the fuel guage into the cap and positioning it to face the operators position, I weighted it down with a bag of small rocks my wife used in her fairy garden. (Dont tell her, be **** to pay.)

And that's it. It fits perfectly, tight, vapor proof like the OEM cap and accurate throughout its range.

Fuel guage: 5-1/4 inch Tank depth, 2-1/4 inch Diameter $14.79
Replaces:
• 24064 MURRAY
• Cub Cadet 109037C1
• 7-04941 PRIME LINE
• 125-260 STENS

Ariens gas cap: 12733752. $11.34
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After running out of gas doing my neighbors driveway last winter and having to carry a full 5-gallon tank back to refill it, I decided that having a gas guage on my Ariens 921028 would be a good idea.

While this fuel gauge was designed to fit an Ariens gas tank with 3.8 quart capacity with a ~4" deep tank, it should be adaptable for tanks of other depths.

It consists of a Ariens gas cap (I bought a replacment cap in case I botched up the job and needed to put the OEM cap back on), and a gas guage of the proper length (5" in this case).

I used an 1-1/4" hole saw to cut out the center section of the Ariens cap.

I then screwed this onto the snowblower tank and measured the depth of fuel guage with a tape measure, from the top of the cap opening to the bottom of the tank. This determined the length of the fuel gauge needed.

I then used JB Weld, 2-part Plastic Bonder to glue the fuel guage to the into the opening of the Ariens cap (through the hole drilled with the hole saw.) The advantage in using this adhesive is that its strong, gas resistant, somewhat thick, good for filling any gaps, and has a 15 minute drying time.

After inserting the fuel guage into the cap and positioning it to face the operators position, I weighted it down with a bag of small rocks my wife used in her fairy garden. (Dont tell her, be **** to pay.)

And that's it. It fits perfectly, tight, vapor proof like the OEM cap and accurate throughout its range.

Fuel guage: 5-1/4 inch Tank depth, 2-1/4 inch Diameter $14.79
Replaces:
24064 MURRAY
Cub Cadet 109037C1
7-04941 PRIME LINE
125-260 STENS

Ariens gas cap: 12733752. $11.34
Nicely done Enigma-2, thanks for posting!

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I just look in the tank, or know how long I have been running it , and top it off.
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I do the same as oneacer...but this is a clever idea.....
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Nicely done Enigma-2, thanks for posting!
Me too Enigma, very smart idea.

Looking at gas level in tank tells me nothing useful, just a reflection of gas with no level info. I currently use a dipstick so a fuel gauge will be great.

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After running out of gas doing my neighbors driveway last winter and having to carry a full 5-gallon tank back to refill it, I decided that having a gas guage on my Ariens 921028 would be a good idea.
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And that's it. It fits perfectly, tight, vapor proof like the OEM cap and accurate throughout its range.
That's great! And you get the "attention to detail award" for paying attention to the installed position of the gauge.

One tip though: you do not want the cap to be 100% airtight. Some are cleverly hidden, but pretty much every OPE gas cap has a small opening in it somewhere. That's so air can enter to take up the space as gas is consumed from the tank. Without that, eventually a vacuum will develop inside the tank, reducing fuel flow sometimes enough to stall the engine.

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The gas cap lens has a small vent hole at the 6 o'clock position. I actually checked for this.

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It looks pretty good, hopefully it will not break at the glue joint, or you are going to have a bad gas leak from the size of the hole in it.
I hope it holds up and does not break, crack at the glue joint or leak in any way and it should be fine.
They use some funky types of plastics that a lot of your adhesives will not bond to all that well. Sometimes they hold up for a little while then all of a sudden out of the blue they let loose.
I have had some good luck with Cyanoacrylate type glue/adhesives with some of those oddball type plastics.
Good luck with it and let us know how well it holds up this winter. It looks pretty nice.
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I hope it holds up and does not break, crack at the glue joint or leak in any way and it should be fine.
I chose JB Weld Plastic Bond as it's completely impervious to water, gasoline and vibration. (Sealed gas tanks with this stuff before so no worries.) The bond appears to be strong and solid.

I did check to make certain that the fuel gauge and gas cap had good mating surfaces and wiped both with an alcohol wipe, just to be safe.

At this point I have no doubts about the bond, but thanks for the concern. I value all the comments concerning safety.

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I chose JB Weld Plastic Bond as it's completely impervious to water, gasoline and vibration. (Sealed gas tanks with this stuff before so no worries.) The bond appears to be strong and solid.

I did check to make certain that the fuel gauge and gas cap had good mating surfaces and wiped both with an alcohol wipe, just to be safe.

At this point I have no doubts about the bond, but thanks for the concern. I value all the comments concerning safety.
Snow season is just around the corner so you will get to put it to use very soon.
Keep us informed as to how it works and holds up.
Judging by your photos, you did a pretty good job with it. Well detailed.
If it was me, I would make sure I turned it to remove it from the tank by the bottom of the cap closest to the tank so I am not putting any force on the part that is glued on. I wouldn't want to chance breaking it off, I want to be able to read my gas gauge on the cap.
Definitely let us know how it holds up under the cold temps and working conditions.
You did a nice job building it.

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