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Just wanted to show everyone how easy something can fall down through the head, I was removing the fuel pump bolt when I twisted it off, it went flying through the air and I could of swore it fell on the ship floor! Then today I pull the clutch case off because I'm getting ready to do a chain replacement and I find this sitting on the bottom gear! What a save!
 

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Great save! When you put your rocker cover back on the head after you get the new chain on, watch that a dowel doesn't fall out of the cover and land in the same spot!
 

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great save there for sure, I have had liek things happen and I am now over protective of things, I cover everything even if I am just stepping away to grab something .

Last yr I had a darn piece of tubing fall into a gas tank on me on a sled while I was getting something, like 1 min I had the cap off and it fell bounced and landed right in there? a million to one shot couldn;t do it again if I tried a thousand times , ended up turning a simple day into a big tear down to get it out?? URGH?? that crap drives me nuts>> silly crap that burns you?

again glad you found it this way and not the hard way!
 

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Had one similar yesterday and I remembered this post.

I was removing the air breather lower pan on a B48 onan, type of carb that has 3 screws holding the breather to the top of the carb and I usually stick a shop tower into top throat of carb or pull the choke to full to block the carb throat. (and even cover the carb top and other open places on a engine when leaving the shop for awhile so nothing foreign might get into) After loosening the screws I was using a holding screwdriver to retrieve the screws and the last screw fell off the screwdriver, took one bounce and hopped like a beer pong and down the small carb throat and the screw is brass. I knew immediately what was involved and just thankful that I seen where the screw went. Could not see it down in the small carb throat with a good light. Carb bolts from bottom of intake manifold so had to pull intake manifold and retrieve the screw. About 1 hour job to get back to square one. You could drop that screw from 16 inches high a thousand times on purpose and it would never bounce and hop into that small carb throat again. Sure nice when everything just goes right and some days you know later that should have just gone back to bed and wait and try again the next day.
 
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