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Need some help with an old 924044

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I came across this amazing site after doing some research on this particular machine that I just took possession of. It used to be my grandfather's, which was then passed to my dad, and now has made it's way to me. It hasn't been run in a few years, so I decided to break it down a little to see what all I could find. Unfortunately, when I took the starter off, I noticed what appears to be a crack in the block. I'm guessing that it threw a rod at some point?

I'm totally bummed as I was originally hoping to throw a new carb on, change the oil, grease the fittings, and get it back to running again. But now it looks like that's not going to happen.

What are my choices as far as a replacement engine goes? Do I need to find an original one or are there direct bolt on aftermarket ones available?

Also looks like I'll need a new friction wheel.

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That does look like a thrown rod.

I would say look at the 301cc or 420cc Predators at Harbor Freight. If you had the 24" model then the 212cc would work fine. Also looks like you are correct about the friction disc. You other option is keep an eye on your local craigslist for someone selling a junker with a decent engine.

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Thanks for the quick reply. Would you happen to know if the 301 or 420 would be a direct fit for bolt placement, shaft height/diameter? I know I need to go take some measurements of the existing one.

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Most likely they will be a direct fit. Your only issue is likely to be you will need to bend the chute crank bracket slightly to fit around the OHV design. The other thing you will need is new bolts for the front of the engine. That will probably be 1 bolt for the crankshaft and 2 for the belt guide. The threads in the front of the new engine will be different.

You could also look around for a Briggs or Tecumseh of similar size.

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Probably a dumb question, but where would I get the bolts? And the shaft height in relation to everything else probably isn't as important since I could compensate by getting a different length belt?
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Probably a dumb question, but where would I get the bolts? And the shaft height in relation to everything else probably isn't as important since I could compensate by getting a different length belt?
For the bolts, hardware store.
Browse thru the repowering threads on the previous link, you will get an idea on what the process will be.
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From the muffler shape, I'm speculating it might be the 7hp Tecumseh? These older Ariens are fairly common around here, though yours looks like it's in nice shape. If it was appealing, you might be able to find one inexpensively with a blown auger gearbox, etc, then swap the engines.

Repowering it with a Predator engine, or similar, could be a fun project, of course, and newer engines have their benefits. You would likely need to remove the air cleaner from the new engine, and maybe make a shroud to use exhaust heat to keep the carb warm.

Good luck, please let us know how it goes if you repower it with a new engine!

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That is an 10hp Engine with a 1" crank. The 8hp predator would be an easy swap. It would mount in the same spot as the original engine, and the Original Engine pulley would fit as well. There are no chute crank modifications needed. Here's a pic of a newer but somewhat similar machine with a 6.5 predator conversion. Friction wheel is an easy fix on that model!

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Here is a link to the parts diagram for your 924044. Hope it helps if you need other parts. Give a call if so...
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Here's an Ariens product line summary-through-the-ages piece as taken from the website of a repair guy who is located in Newton, Mass., just outside of Boston. The piece is essentially a homage to the Ariens 924 series model and should get you excited and motivated about the potential end result of your upcoming project.

Link: Article 17: A Brief History of Ariens Mid-Sized Snow Blowers — Jay's Power Equipment

Jay also wrote a follow up to that particular piece this past fall and that latest article is below:

Link: Article 23: Buying a Used Snow Blower — Jay's Power Equipment
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