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Just picked up a Ariens 10M6D

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Picked up my 2nd Ariens yesterday. A 10M6D. Looks pretty healthy. Only missing bottom cover and carb cover.
Problem I have is with the pull start, rope pulls and returns, but the dogs don't engage, just lay flat.
I have the Tecumseh Manual, but it doesn't have a good schematic of my old H60 Tecumseh. So it is hard to tell if something is missing.The housing just has a round plate with a threaded post that the center screw goes into, I had to clamp it in a vise to get it apart, not sur how it will ever tighten up as it just spins. All is pretty clean inside, not sure why it is not working.
I can take pics if it helps.

Here are some pics of it when I picked it up. Thanks
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What I see as the problem is that round center piece on the outside housing has some nubs that won't grab, it just spins so I can't get the center bolt tight. The rope seems to wrap kind of clumsily too, although it doesn't look too bad.

Is this just a worn out part, or can it be fixed? Hope I'm being clear.
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Couple things to check on that vintage recoil starter

Are all four bolts present holding the recoil to the housing?

Are the two lower bolts that hold the flywheel housing to the block present and tight?

If you answer no to either of these conditions, chances are the recoil is pulling out of the flywheel cup as you pull and not allowing the dogs to engage the flywheel cup.

You can also remove the recoil and inspect the operation of the dogs manually by giving the disc on the inside of the recoil assembly a 1/4 to 1/2 turn, the dogs should come out at this point and yit can pull the rope a few times to see if the operate smoothly or not. It may just need some penetrating oil to smooth out the operation. It is possible that they are worn due to the previous owner trying to pull the recoil like a madman. It is recommended on the older Tecs to pull gently until you feel resistance, let it recoil back, and then give it a solid pull.
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Thanks for the reply HJames,
Yes those are tight. I took the one off my 5hp for the time being (has a single dog setup) because I wanted to see if/how it ran. Drained the bowl, cleaned the plug, little squirt of Starter fluid and off we go. Warmed it up, drained the old black oil. Started on the 2nd pull. I'll give the carb a good clean and go from there.
But I'm still stumped on the pull start, the bumps that hold the center piece are worn out, they won't hold it in place to tighten it, so I guess I'll have to get another.
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Just stumbled upon this pic on eBay, looks like what might remedy my problem.
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