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I have a 1974 Ariens 7hp Snowblower in good working order. She was bought new by my Grandfather and serviced every year since. I have been thinking of replacing my machine due to the fact that I would like a bigger machine with a bit more power and fetures but on the other hand it still runs fine and is well taken care of.

One thing that does scare me is that Tecumseh went out in 08' and parts might start to get scarce someday in the near future so maybe it would be a good time to go with a Briggs powered machine. Any thoughts on this issue?
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Don't worry, parts for that motor will be around for a for a while and you could convert it to a briggs if you wanted or even a kohler. I put a 9.5 intek in my 69. Not a hard job but if I ever did it again it would be a 7.5hp with the smaller bolt pattern so I would not have to drill a new set of holes.
The older blowers have thicker steel and It seems that paint was better'
The new ariens throw snow further and have nice lights but that's all I can see that's better on them. I also think it's cool that you own something that your grandfather bought new.

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Yeah It would be really hard to get rid of it! I don't think I would repower it but who knows! I do relize it has thicker steel and was definately made to last and it has proven that for almost 4 decades but I gotta wonder how much longer that will be! It has had a few smaller carb issues in the last few years and some touch up welding here and there too but overall is in good shape!

I talked with my local Ariens dealer and he showed me a ton of hold over 11' models and will give me a discount on one if I choose to buy one. IDK maybe i'll hold off.
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If you have the $$ and space, you could have both.

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Don't sell it, keep it in the family at a minimum because after all, it was Grandpa's. The earlier models in most brands may not have every bell and whistle the new ones may have. The older ones typically have thicker materials, less plastic, were better built and have a proven history already that can be extended with little effort.
I wouldn't let Tecumseh closing it's doors scare you off. I've refurbed quite a few machines this last year and the only difference is the engine parts are mainly labled B&S and made overseas vs Tecumseh and made in the USA. That's reality but then again, most engines and parts are made overseas so that applies no matter what.

If nothing else, if you want a bigger machine then wait and find a used one and rebuild it yourself. You'll know more about it and have a better machine. Grandpa's machine can be your backup, better to get into small places etc than a big one could.
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Yeah I think what I will do is rebuild my Gramps Machine and use it for a back up! I found a cool site called vintage reproductions and they have all the stickers for it so I might just tear it all down and see if anything needs replacement then have it blasted and repainted. My Ariens dealer stated since the machine is so old it most likely is only making about 5 horse and not the advertised 7Hp which I would agree with.
I want to know does anyone reccommend a certain rebuild kit over another? I have the H70 Tecumseh. My local Ariens guy could do the motor for me I'm sure but if I want to take it on myself what make of parts is best if not Oem? Also has anyone rebored a motor like this or just honed and added a new piston?

I used to be an auto tech so I have the knowhow just going to take it slow!.
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Your engine may or may not need a rebuild, could just need a little TLC. If you want to see the general things I check when getting an engine, I put together a thread that spells it out. Take a peek, you may be able to take care of it given a couple of hours of sweat equity.
Check Out if interested: Evaluating a used engine
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