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Going to look at ST824 (924050) tomorrow

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I'm going to look at a 924050 tomorrow that I think might be from the early 80's, but I've a couple of questions that I'm hoping I might get some help with.

The current owner says he thinks the motor is a Briggs. Is this possible/likely? I understood they were all Tecumseh?

The current owner says it does not have the electric start option. Is that a practical retrofit, or did some motors not have ring gear on the flywheel? Obviously that's hard to answer without knowing for sure what the motor is.

Any other general comments about this machine?

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Doug,

Original was Tecumseh. I have two 924050's with the original motors. HM80 on SN 40000 and HMSK80 on SN 103000. BUT Tec's were known to break connecting rods. Repower options are anyone's guess. I also have a Briggs 8.5 HP (2005) and pull start is all I need to use on any of them But I don't want to be caught in the cold without an electric start to fall back on. The important part is that your motor starts readily from the pull start. If the price is good, then you should use the money you save to make sure the motor is fully prepped for the next season.

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Thanks for the reply.

If, indeed, it is the original Tecumseh (and the owner is mistaken about it being a briggs), is the addition of electric start practical?

My goal would certainly be to get it working nicely enough to pull start easily, but I, and I know my wife for sure, would like to have electric as a fall-back. If I do get it, I'll do a proper winter preparation and fix-up.

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Thanks for the reply.

If, indeed, it is the original Tecumseh (and the owner is mistaken about it being a briggs), is the addition of electric start practical?

My goal would certainly be to get it working nicely enough to pull start easily, but I, and I know my wife for sure, would like to have electric as a fall-back. If I do get it, I'll do a proper winter preparation and fix-up.

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If it's a tec the electric start addition is a 10 minute job. Starters run anywhere from $5-70. Engine shojld have a cover plate ipon the side, covering the holes where the starter goes through fan shroud to engage teeth on flywheel. I believe most of those Tecs came with toothed flywheel but there are always exceptions to the rule.

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Well, I bought that 924050 this morning and I'm quite please with it's overall condition. It is, indeed the Tecumseh motor so I'm gong to keep my eyes open for an electric start module. Any good sources to check out?
Also, what paint is a good match for the Ariens orange from the 80's? Any suggestions?
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I had one of those, and while it was a strong/heavy duty machine, my biggest gripe was the distance that it would throw snow. With mine, the impeller gap was pretty large, and I probably should have added an Impeller Kit to it, but sold it instead for a pretty good profit, and bought a much newer one at a very good price. YOu may want to give that a look/see.
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Congrats on the new machine!

I don't know about from the 80s specifically, but I have seen Duplicolor DE1620, Chevy orange, suggested as a close match. I haven't tried it yet myself.

For impeller kits, you can buy a Clarence kit. Or you can go to someplace like Tractor Supply Company and buy reinforced baler belt, and make your own. That's what I did. Unfortunately, they apparently stopped selling the belt by the foot, so I had to buy a small roll of it. I have enough left to replace my pieces multiple times If you don't want to buy a whole roll, PM me.

Go through the machine thoroughly, replace any worn stuff, get the transmission adjusted properly, change the oil, and you should be ready for next winter! Make sure the drive chain(s) don't have too much slack, and check that the differential lock mechanism operates (hasn't rusted itself stuck). Plus the usual stuff, like making sure that the augers aren't rusted to the shaft, and pumping new grease into all the fittings.

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Congrats on the new machine!

I don't know about from the 80s specifically, but I have seen Duplicolor DE1620, Chevy orange, suggested as a close match. I haven't tried it yet myself.

For impeller kits, you can buy a Clarence kit. Or you can go to someplace like Tractor Supply Company and buy reinforced baler belt, and make your own. That's what I did. Unfortunately, they apparently stopped selling the belt by the foot, so I had to buy a small roll of it. I have enough left to replace my pieces multiple times If you don't want to buy a whole roll, PM me.

Go through the machine thoroughly, replace any worn stuff, get the transmission adjusted properly, change the oil, and you should be ready for next winter! Make sure the drive chain(s) don't have too much slack, and check that the differential lock mechanism operates (hasn't rusted itself stuck). Plus the usual stuff, like making sure that the augers aren't rusted to the shaft, and pumping new grease into all the fittings.
For the belting, you could try a farm implement dealer (John Deere or any of the others) they sell the balers, so they might sell the belting by the foot.


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