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1970s Ariens Tear Drop

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Thought I'd start a new thread in the appropriate forum. You guys helped out a lot here: https://www.snowblowerforum.com/foru...-2-stages.html)

I ended up finding a free Ariens 8HP 24" snwoblower. It came missing a bunch of small screws and the hardware was missing. Ended up going to Stephen's Small engine in Pickering and the guy there helped out with all the small screws I was missing as well as a gasket for the carb/manifold. All in $10.

I ran into a few hiccups.
First was figuring out how it all went back together. I've attached a pic. I understand now why the original owner removed the governor arm but it's definetly not required. Just need to take your time and go in the right sequence.

Next, I got it running but it was leaking fuel. Checked the needle and seat and all that looked good.
It turned out it was a small breather hole that I didn't know existed until I saw this video. Opened this hole up and the leak was solved.



The next issue was the fuel tank included (snow king) didn't match up with the original bracket. I ended up using a my cutting wheel and was able to salvage the old bracket. I had to cut a piece around the top to make room for the gas cap. I also had to cut off a bit of the bottom bracket so it would fit in the ridge provided.

Next steps:
1) I need to find some skid shoes. I'm debating on whether to buy these new or DIY them somehow. Any input would be appreciated. I've got an old bed frame that I think I could probable jig something up. Or I've seen the diy poly solution. Or should I just pony up the cash and get some prefabbed ones.
2) I want to do an impeller kit on these. I just need to find some material.

Anything else I sholuld look to do? I'm not sure if I'm going to keep this or not. I do really like my toro single stage Rtek. I'm hoping I can test this guy out at somepoint.

Attached some pics. Thanks for all help guys!
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They use skid shoes with standard 3" spacing and you can find a new pair of pre-fabbed ones for ~$15 including shipping all day long on ebay:

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Ended up putting on some Atlas 490-241-B010 shoes on. They definitely help make this beast more maneuverable.
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What kind of surface are you using it on ? Those poly shoes would be good for concrete or asphalt.

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