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Ariens ST1032 Restoration

Hello from a new member here. I've enjoyed reading the other thread about the Ariens ST1032 restoration so I'm going to share mine with everyone. I first got the bug to find one of these monsters when I saw one for sale in person over the Summer for $700 (but I didn't want to pay near that much). I went to buy a Craftsman tractor for the Kohler Magnum engine off Cragislist and the guy had two Ariens ST1032 snowblowers in his collection and I saw them right away and had to have one. The one that I got was the worse of the two, but it wasn't something that I couldn't fix. It has lots of peeling paint, a crack in the sheet metal housing, it's missing the carburetor, bad wheel bearing and impeller bearing, incorrect muffler, and a few other small parts are missing like the belt cover and a bent impeller pulley/sheave. I ended up traded this ST1032 for a nice running late 1960's 6HP Arines Sno-Thro that my dad I picked out of the garbage years ago, plus $50.

I got all the missing parts I needed, used, locally for $50, $11 for a Chinese replacement carburetor, $17 for the bearings, and my welder is repairing the crack, sandblasting the housing and chute and priming it for $40. I got 5 cans of Rustoleum Chevrolet Orange (thanks to this site for the info on matching Ariens Orange) for $22 and then $10 into stainless nuts and bolts.

Right now I have it completely disassembled and I just picked up the parts from the sandblaster/welder and they're all repaired, sandblasted, and primed. As soon as my Rustoleum Chevy orange paint arrives I'll be painting it. I'll have a little over $200 total into this project (plus the old Ariens I had that I wasn't using) once all is said and done. It's a little more than I wanted to spend, but I like doing things right and I don't think I'd be able to find a nicely put together ST1032 for that price. I'll keep everyone updated and thanks for the wealth of knowledge on this great forum!
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Will look forward to seeing it when you are done.
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welcome, i am new here also. great info and help here. i am almost done with my restore of a 10000 series machine. for me its not about how much I spent, its a hobby, and knowing that I will have great machines that will last another generation.
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... my welder is repairing the crack, sandblasting the housing and chute and priming it for $40.
That is a great price!...at least around here it is.

Go for it! Good luck with everything. You guys are making me want an old school U.S. Iron rig to restore. I grew up in Detroit, we always said and still do call the older vehicles Detroit Iron.
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Hi, Thanks for the welcome everyone! I picked up the freshly painted parts from my sandblaster friends today. They do great work and their prices and quality of work are the best around.....and they've been doing it for 40 something years. Great folks! Hopefully my orange spray paint will be in tomorrow or Friday so I can get it all sprayed while it's warm here. I'll be sure to have more pictures as I make more progress.
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I actually like that matte orange color. Too bad the tractor will be glossy. Could of put a sealer on that and call it a day. Sort of like the stealth look.

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Nice project! Sounds like you really got a deal on that weld, sandblasting and priming job. I look forward to the pics of the finished product. The impeller drain hole seems very small. I'm not sure if these have impeller freeze up issues, you may want to consider enlarging it. Best of luck with it and please keep us posted.

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I picked up the freshly painted parts from my sandblaster friends today.
Wow... where can I get some friends like that?

The only place I could find anywhere near me that looked like they'd do "retail" sandblasting (meaning deal with an individual and not a company) ignored several emails I sent them, and I later found out from a few people they're awful to deal with.

That looks really nice. I assume the paint that's on there now is primer?

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Wow... where can I get some friends like that?

The only place I could find anywhere near me that looked like they'd do "retail" sandblasting (meaning deal with an individual and not a company) ignored several emails I sent them, and I later found out from a few people they're awful to deal with.

That looks really nice. I assume the paint that's on there now is primer?
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I still have not gotten my parts back (so I can not say how thing went).
But for one of my YS828, I was quoted $100-150 to sandblast the corroeded areas (and/or strip paint as needed) and powder coat the auger housing, auger housing sides, auger housing extension, impeller, 2 augers, chute and chute deflector.
When I dropped them off they said it might be more in the neighborhood of $150 because of all the corrosion. We will see.
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