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post #1 of 21 Old 01-03-2012, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Repainted My Blower

She isn't perfect, but she looks a lot better than the old rustbucket in my avatar. I downgraded from the 340cc Greyhound to a 212cc Predator and it doesn't run as well as the old Greyhounds. Surges a lot and has to have half choke to run smooth. The gas I had was a couple months old so maybe that is part of the problem. If some new gas doesn't solve it does anyone have any good info or links on drilling the jets or buying new ones? I have never done that myself. I did see one or 2 youtube videos on jets an emulsion tubes, but all that did was confuse me since the tubes all had different hole patterns.

Still haven't had much snow to try it on. Gave it a first test run today and it did pretty well. I had to shovel first to get a pile of snow deep enough to have something to blow. Did get one stupid look from someone walking down the street when I was taking the pictures.

Yes, this is a late 1970s model that now has black handlebars and augers. I hope no one tells Scot on me











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looks great.

I have come across the newer engines or even newer replacement carbs that for emissions reasons the settings cause it to surge but its fine when under load.

The engines dont sound right to people that are used to the older stuff but apparently they are fine.
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I suppose, but watching the governor arm go up and down while the engine oscillates bugs me.

The Greyhounds are very similar and I had an 11HP and a 6.5HP and neither were as bad.
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Very nice but I think you need a bit more practice.

What time should I drop my blower off at your place?
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Very nice but I think you need a bit more practice.

What time should I drop my blower off at your place?
Anytime is fine. If no one answers just push it around back. Don't wait though. I'll make sure to let you know when I am done with it.
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Looking good! Are you going to replace the safety stickers or not, looks a little barren without them at the moment. Needs a little something to break up the orange in spots IMO Pinstriping or graphics?

By the way, see if you can get non-oxygenated gas (non-alcohol stuff) and see if that settles your motor down. Made a difference in mine and that's all I'm running in them now.

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Looks nice, but I think it needs 3 more coats..... and a clear finish.
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Looking good! Are you going to replace the safety stickers or not, looks a little barren without them at the moment. Needs a little something to break up the orange in spots IMO Pinstriping or graphics?

By the way, see if you can get non-oxygenated gas (non-alcohol stuff) and see if that settles your motor down. Made a difference in mine and that's all I'm running in them now.
Not going to do the stickers. Would be nice, but I don't care that much. I don't see any pure gas stations close by, but I did notice a lot of Marathons in a few states on the list so I'll fill my can up there and see if it helps.

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Looks nice, but I think it needs 3 more coats..... and a clear finish.
Maybe, but I used spray cans. I think I need to set up a compressor and spray gun if I ever do it again. The cans got expensive in a hurry and took a lot more than I expected. I started with 3 black, 3 orange and 3 primer I think while telling myself that should be enough, ended up going back to the store 2 more times before I was finished. Stripping it with an angle grinder and drill with wire wheels took a lot longer than expected too. I am going to have to get myself a blaster or farm it out if I do another one.
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Looks a lot better, but you could achieve a more glossy finish if you gave it a coat of Rustoleums' Crystal Clearcoat paint(rattlecan).

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I am going to have to get myself a blaster or farm it out if I do another one.
Too bad I didn't know you were looking for a blaster, Eastwood had this one on sale through the first with free shipping:
Eastwood 100lb Pressure Abrasive Blaster - Pressure Cleaning Equipment - Abrasive Tools
I saw some other ones on eBay etc for close pricing but this one already had the ceramic tips, deadman included and water filters included so it seemed like the better deal if gotten before 1/1/12. Plus I've dealt with Eastwood before and so far they've been good in their products.
If you do look at one, note the cfm requirements of the unit, most will take something like a 5 HP 60 gal unit or better to run an abrasive blaster.

Also found a place with some abrasive on sale, but don't know what will happen on that. It's cheap and supposedly free shipping if sent to one of their stores for pickup, but when I tried to order some it came back with a msg they'll have to contact me because of special handling required. Have to wait and see what happens.

I've got this one torn apart right now and I'm planning on blasting and paint it before I'm through rebuilding it:

It's got a bunch of surface rust to clean up plus I want to try my hand at abrasive blasting before doing a couple of other projects coming up:


I'm almost done with the mechanicals so the next phase will be cleaning up and repainting the chassis. I've done the wire brush and sander in the past but I have a big enough compressor and a spray gun so now it's time to try and do it right. We'll see how it turns out.

The way this year is going for snow, there's no rush so I can afford to make a mistake or two along the way.

On the gas, the stations around here that have it list it as Non-Oxygenated gas, most are 91 octane. It usually has a sticker saying it's for small engines and collector cars also, at least where I've bought it so far.

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