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New to me 1962 10ML55

Hello folks, first post here. I've always been fascinated by vintage snowblowers. So, about 10 days ago, I started researching them and picked up a 1962 5.5 hp 10ML55 in original condition. For the past 3 days, I've been working on it and learning as I go. So far, I've changed the idler pulley, belt, adjusted the carb, and detailed it. Here are some pics.

Here's a video of it in action today
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It worked pretty well! I really like the ergonomics of the machine. Prior to using it, I checked the oil in the gearbox and noticed it was empty. Also, there was oil residue on the left auger. I believe the seal on the gearbox is going. I topped it off with 70W-90 gear oil and will monitor how bad it is leaking.

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Welcome Ken
It looks beautiful. That cant be original paint?
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Congrats and welcome, that's a nice machine. I also have a 10M that I repowered with a Tecumseh H70 from a Jacobsen snowblower, and fellow forum member "Ray 1962 10ML60" has a nice one


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Nice find.

That is a nice looking and running machine! I also have a 1962 "55." Mine was in rough shape when I got it. Was missing all the carb linkage, including the throttle cable. Would love to see pics of your carb linkage, or other forum members who have a similar original machine, so I know what I'll need to pick up for her. MH
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Ken,
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all your good research paid off..
glad you got it up and running, looks great!
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Ken, she looks great. You did an amazing job with it in just a few days. I just did the auger seals on mine this summer. Had a slight leak too. The seals are avail on eBay (auger seals are part #05605100, you need two) and pretty easy to change. The rear seal on the impeller can be a pain, but it's do-able, you just have to pull the roll pins out of the impeller and slide it off. (seal part #05605000). Just add a coating of permatex around the outside of the seal where metal meets metal or you will end up redoing it like me, lol...enjoy the snow!

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Nice machine Ken. Glad to see another Ariens resto hitting the snow!
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Thank you everyone for the warm welcome! Special thanks goes to Scot and Ray who has given me a 3-day crash course on these fine machines.

@motorhead64, Ray has pointed out that the carb on my machine appears to be from a 1960 or 1961 since it has the vertical intake setup which is different from a '62. To be honest, I'm not sure if mine is a '62 or '61. I was just going by what the seller told me. But looking at this pic of a '61 from Scot's webpage, it's starting to look more like a '61. Thoughts anyone?



Here is a close up of my carb.

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Thanks for posting the pic ! That looks like my "updraft style" carb, a Tillotson E2B. I am looking at the governor arm to throttle connection.. is the rigid link on the lower butterfly hole? Also, is the spring in the same hole as the rigid link on the governor arm end? And lastly, what is the other end of the spring connected to? Is there a fitting of some sort on the blower housing with its own spring? Thanks again. MH
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Hey Ken, what are the numbers on the engine? That should help nail down the year of manufacture.

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