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79 8HP briggs for repower

Hello everyone,

I picked up an 8HP Briggs 1979 with a 1" shaft. for $15 today it was from a snowblower. I am thinking of using it for a repower of a 10,000 series machine. I was just wondering if anyone had used this particular engine bfore.

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Hello everyone,

I picked up an 8HP Briggs 1979 with a 1" shaft. for $15 today it was from a snowblower. I am thinking of using it for a repower of a 10,000 series machine. I was just wondering if anyone had used this particular engine bfore.

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For a flathead they're very smooth, much more so than a Tecumseh. However the carb is very expensive and used parts are hard to find.
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carbs are dirt cheap the chinese started cloning the old updraft ones. in my experience they run way smoother then tecumsehs(no popping no sputtering good throttle response none of that chugging and black smoke you get when you rev a tecumseh). i have never had an issue finding parts. i think they have more compression just by pulling them over by hand then comparable tecumsehs which may explain why they run so much better
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Its definitely much harder to pull over than my tecumseh(which runs great). I havent got it running yet but I bought it from a friend who I trust and he said it ran but sputtered at high speed. Im gonna mess with it this weekend.
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I went to change the oil the other day and it has no dipstick. So I looked it up and most information, including an old Briggs manual said to fill to the top of the threads or let overflow the tube. So today I put a whole quart in and it just filled to the bottom of the threads which is an inch or so down. Anyone have any experience with this type of Briggs?
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looks like the manual says 44 ozs.
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Those are pretty good designed engines....... you certainly aren't out anything making use of it. I bet the carb is pretty varnished up after sitting all this time. I would pull it and do an all out clean up - start by soaking it good in a can of Gunk carb cleaner (torn down of course). Put in new needle and seat, and run a wire through every orifice in it. It might have to soak a few days at least.....



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What is the model number?
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Its a 190402 0989 01. Yeah carb is probably next.
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