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post #1 of 25 Old 01-31-2014, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Is this snowblower a true classic?

The Church of which I am a member has an Ariens, 10ML60D, SN 24800.

Is there any way to determine the age of this unit, from the serial number? And, is this old enough, rare enough to be considered a classic?
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I would call that a classic. Built between 1960 and 1964.

The Ariens 1960's and 1970's Sno-Thro info site.

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Where are the photos ??

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RE: Where are the photos

Coming soon! - we came across this blower as part of an ongoing cleanup/inventory at our church - I know only that it's very old, and may not currently be running, but is complete, and may in fact be 100 percent original.

I'll be checking further to see if I can figure out what year it was built.

Looking forward to discussing further.
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The numbers off the Tecumseh engine will help determine the age..

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I would call that a classic. Built between 1960 and 1964.

The Ariens 1960's and 1970's Sno-Thro info site.
excellent site. love the way they advertised 'self cleaning sno-rotor blades'. besides being a great mechanic he is an artist to restore that machine to a thing of beauty for $305.
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excellent site. love the way they advertised 'self cleaning sno-rotor blades'. besides being a great mechanic he is an artist to restore that machine to a thing of beauty for $305.
You're right - it's an excellent, informative site. My plan is to compare the machine that we have to the pics on this site, as well as get the engine numbers, and post some pics.

So, the Church may have a real asset; we can sell the unit, to some fortunate rebuilder, and continue to do the work we're called to do, with the money we raise from the sale of the Ariens. Win-win!

Thanks to all who answered....
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An update - Tecumseh engine numbers

The engine plate, (complete with some overspray from someones touch-up paint job,) says H60-750030.
The Serial portion of the plate says 4328 and, a little bit removed from that number, there's also a number stamped 0419.

If I read this right, it makes the engine a late 1964 build, which dovetails nicely with the fact that this is a "First Series" machine, with the "half teardrop" intake.

Finally, pics are coming - they're on someone else's camera.
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Yes, you are right. The 4328 from the serial number is the date code. 4 means 1964, 74, 84, etc. in your case it's 1964 like you said. And the 328 means it was built on the 328th day of 1964..

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A classic for sure. Valuable, not any more than all the rest. $200-300 in good working order.
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