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my 1963 ariens sno thro story: saved from near death

hi all
i have been wanting an old ariens snow thrower ever since i been reading on scot's ariens info site BTW great site
yes there,s a lot for sale on CL from non running ones at $100 and up to $500 for nice ones in my heck of the woods
but anyway, here,s my story on how i got my 63 or maybe 64 ariens
model 10ML60 i can't make out the serial number
once a week me and my wife go to this italian wholesale food store
my wife buys olives,cheeses,pastas,etc
but i don,t go there to shop
see behind this store is metal scrap company
scrappers line up to have their scrap metal weighted
she goes in the store and i park by the street watching what they bring in
last week i decided to take my truck there instead of her car
so she goes in the store and i,m out by the street watching the scrappers with there load
15 mins later i notice something orange with kinda white,rust handle bars
i walked up to the guy and asked if that a ariens snow thrower
he said yes and then i ask him if he was scrapping it,he said yes
well without looking at it, i said ill give 10 bucks for it, more than they will pay in scrap metal ,he said sure, let me unload the rest of the junk and come back with it
paid him the 10 bucks and now it,s home good thing i took the truck that day my wife said i was nuts
i believe it's a 63 or maybe 64
i can't read the serial number seems to be complete, missing heater box
and maybe the name plate across the bars
engine has compression when cord is pulled
seems it was stored outside but solid no rot
the throttle is stuck but everything else moves
one tire still holds air the other bad
wow,not bad for ten bucks
i will try to fire her up,owners manual says SAE 10 oil ?, but i assume it will take 5W 30, a new plug and a carb overhaul and i hope the engine is good
if engine is no good i guess i can swap the 8 horse motor from my murray and then kick the murray to the curb
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Not bad for 10 bucks? I'd say not bad for 5 or even 10 times that amount!

Those old Ariens are incredibly solid and I bet you'll have it working with a minimum of effort. Great find!

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GREAT MACHINE! These are so cool, great 10$ score! I wonder when and why they stopped with the brace between the auger gearbox and top of bucket.
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wonderful that you saved it , and for ten bucks, how can ya go wrong!!
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GREAT MACHINE! These are so cool, great 10$ score! I wonder when and why they stopped with the brace between the auger gearbox and top of bucket.
It seems Ariens has brought back the brace between the gearbox and bucket on newer machines.

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Is it going to be a beater,or can we expect a resto mod in the near future? Bringing the truck to buy olives and cheese, Well played sir, well played.
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You'll spend more than $10 on the replacement heater box

but kudos to you for saving it from the crusher.


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Yeah, but for $10 you have stories and cred to share with the community. Welcome to the community.

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Yeah, but for $10 you have stories and cred to share with the community. Welcome to the community.
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Nice find!
Is the Tecumseh engine tag still on the engine?
if so, post the numbers on the tag..
that will probably tell if you have a '63 or a '64.

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