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What to do with this Jacobsen

Back in August I acquired a Jacobsen Imperial 626. I had wanted to tinker with it before winter, but alas it never happened.

I did get to poke around with it a couple weeks ago. It's got compression but no spark. This, in and of itself, might not be a big deal. However, unlike with lawnmowers, my supply of snowblower parts is essentially nonexistent.

I'm on the fence about working on this because I'm not especially familiar Jacobsen and I don't know how difficult parts are to get (impossible for the lawn mower I have). It'd be one this if it were 100% complete, but it's missing the back cover, and some of the linkage seems to be seized, and its missing the shroud for the carburetor.

Would it be worth putting money into this, or would I be better off selling it to someone who has or needs Jacobsen spares to make it whole or use it for parts?

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Sell it for parts, better chance of making some money off of it.

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i would sell it but as a whole, somebody will probably snag it up to do an engine swap, if the frames in good shape and the gearbox is good i usually wont consider a blower a parts unit, that would be one of my predator repower candidates, once you do a predator swap its worth 300 easy but if you want you can put 30 into fixing the points(parts arnt that much but your times worth something) and another 30 bucks to replace the carburetor, because if its been sitting long enough to have dirty points it probably been sitting long enough for the gas to go bad as well
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The thought had crossed my mind about doing a Predator swap. This thing looks like it would be quite a beast in the snow.

Do newer Tecumseh electronic ignition coils fit older engines like with Briggs? Just curious. I have thought about trying to get it running, as I'd like to see if the unit works before investing in a new engine for it.

What's parts availability like for these? Does Jacobsen support them at all?
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The thought had crossed my mind about doing a Predator swap. This thing looks like it would be quite a beast in the snow.

Do newer Tecumseh electronic ignition coils fit older engines like with Briggs? Just curious. I have thought about trying to get it running, as I'd like to see if the unit works before investing in a new engine for it.

What's parts availability like for these? Does Jacobsen support them at all?
Jacobsen is long gone now. parts are NLA on those

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i would sell it but as a whole, somebody will probably snag it up to do an engine swap, if the frames in good shape and the gearbox is good i usually wont consider a blower a parts unit, that would be one of my predator repower candidates, once you do a predator swap its worth 300 easy but if you want you can put 30 into fixing the points(parts arnt that much but your times worth something) and another 30 bucks to replace the carburetor, because if its been sitting long enough to have dirty points it probably been sitting long enough for the gas to go bad as well


As to dumping money into fixing that old Tecumseh I wouldn't. Like others have said putting a $99 Predator 212cc on it would be a much better bang for your buck then dumping money into trying to fix an old obselete L- head engine. Repowering with a modern great running Predator 212cc engine makes sense if the drive and auger gear box are in decent shape would mean you would have a $250 to $300 snowblower once you are done. I repowered a 1973 Gilson made Montgomery Ward 8/26 with a Predator 212cc engine and it runs great and throws snow 30 feet.
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As to dumping money into fixing that old Tecumseh I wouldn't. Like others have said putting a $99 Predator 212cc on it would be a much better bang for your buck then dumping money into trying to fix an old obselete L- head engine. Repowering with a modern great running Predator 212cc engine makes sense if the drive and auger gear box are in decent shape would mean you would have a $250 to $300 snowblower once you are done. I repowered a 1973 Gilson made Montgomery Ward 8/26 with a Predator 212cc engine and it runs great and throws snow 30 feet.
Well..it totally depends on your mindset and what you want out of the machine..
Some vintage snowblowers are starting to get into a similar category as classic cars..

Some people might look at this:



and say: "why waste your money fixing up that obsolete outdated thing? when for LESS money you could buy this:



brand new and cheap from China?! with all the "latest technology"!"

ummm..yeah. that is sort-of technically true, but perhaps SO not the point!

Of course, if you just want something cheap that works (sort-of, for a short time) then sure, putting on the $99 Predator is an option.
For many who just want a cheap snowblower, thats an option.

For others, putting a $99 Predator on a classic vintage US-made snowblower is like putting a new Kia engine in a 1969 Camaro..
totally depends on what you are looking for.

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You can drop it off at my house, I can all ways use another blower

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Here's my take on this:

What you have there is a Tecumseh engine sitting on a Jacobsen snowblower.

If the snowblower proper has issues that require parts you can't get (meaning probably anything more specialized than a belt or tires) and can't fabricate, the decision is probably made for you - the machine is unrepairable.

If the machine itself is good or can easily be made that way and the *engine* is the issue, you're in much better shape. You can do a Predator swap as other posters have mentioned. You can fix the engine that's on it... Tecumseh parts are generally quite easy to find, sometimes OE, sometimes Chinese knockoffs. Or, you can find another compatible Tec engine on C-list or something and bolt it on there.

Re the ignition, based on my limited experience, you can't swap points for electronic ignition on those engines. The point ignition magnetos are under the flywheel with the magnets on the inside of the flywheel. The electronic ones are mounted outside the FW (as on Briggs engines) with the magnets on the outside of the FW also. So at absolute best you'd have to swap the flywheel, but I suspect the worse issue would be that the necessary mounting bosses for the magneto aren't present on the older engine.

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Just to add some more to the conservation, there are still no problems finding Tecumseh engine parts.
and there is no reason to suspect any parts issues are coming anytime soon.

Snowblower parts, depending on the brand, can be harder to find that Tecumseh engine parts.

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