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old 1962 Ariens 10M-L35 starts and runs 30 years later

I started this thread up in the repairs section, then realized perhaps it should be here. I bought this old Ariens 10M-L35, 1962 model, never even got it off the truck, thought maybe try to start it. holy cripes it actually runs.

I thought WTH give it a shot. removed the plug, cleaned it with engine spray cleaner. put a plug wire end on, Accel copper core from a car set of wires. pulled the cord about 10 times, holy cripes the darned thing started to spark. installed the plug, sprayed it with starting fluid, it rumbled a few times. added some gas, put the choke on full, it started right up and idled. this machine sat for over 30 years somewhere. somebody took the care to drain the gas, and shut off the petcock. there was some rust in the tank but I'll clean that out later. I'm really impressed that it runs, wow !






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No big surprise. What does surprise me is that it took you that many pulls. Take care of it and You'll get another 30 years out of it. Made in U.S.A.

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it had no spark at first, that's why the pulls. common problem with aged old point ignition.
the points get a little corroded from sitting that long, and don't make contact, and the coil doesn't energize.
after about 10-20 pulls sometimes you get lucky, and the rubs clean off the points, and start to spark again. seen that happen many times before. and the carb passages have to pull the gas through.
I was already eyeing up the cover screws to pull the flywheel, when it sparked once, then constantly.
once it had spark and gas in the float bowl, it only took one pull.
alcohol in today's gas does a number on fuel systems, but it also cleans an old fuel system too. it will munch some of the gunk out of those old passages and lines.
it will be taken care of mechanically, but I'm not into cosmetic restorations anymore. learned a long time ago, all the niceness of restorations does not last, if you actually use the machine. learned that after a few car restorations that were later driven. I have a car that I put quarter panels on- twice- in the past 30 years. after that I sort of gave up on cosmetics.
as one gets older it's time that is more precious than money, and paint job cosmetic restorations are very time consuming.
also there's a tendency to over-restore an old machine. it actually may detract from the value, rather than add to it.
there's something about the patina of a crusty old survivor like this, that speaks authentic.
like an old gun. reblue the steel and refinish the stock, it's worth 1/2 the price of an original in good condition.
the best preservative for one that's stored outside, under a pavilion, or unheated shed, is spray it with oil. that will prevent rust better than any paint.




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines

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changed the oil with Amsoil, it picked up some rpm at WOT. I may go with a little stronger governor spring, to pick the WOT rpm up a little more. I see 2 brand new shear pins on the augers....wonder if they hit something with it. tomorrow I'll get it off the truck and see how it drives and engage the auger. hopefully it's not bent...





just say NO to Chinese made ANYTHING !
1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines

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