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Craftsman 5/23 issues on repair

I acquired a old Craftsman for my girlfriend that's in ok shape but is missing the starter pull cord and I ordered the one supposedly for it but it did not fit and the drive cup was also too big for the pull starter. The model is 536.886500 with code#7334D With these numbers I keep getting a starter with the screws that go in the sides of it but this one has 4 threaded studs on the engine to mount the starter, Only one that looks to fit is one from a 8hp Tecumseh engine and this one is supposed to be a 5hp so I am at a loss. Hopefully someone here can help me find the right one, I just hope it runs once I can try to start it.

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The tag on the engine was missing, Could not find any other numbers, Tried to add pics but need more post count.

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Hello and welcome to SBF Dauntae. I believe your motor is a Tecumseh and there are engine numbers "stamped" into the top of the recoil shroud right in front of the spark plug. If you have electric start, the push button switch will have to be removed to see the numbers. Most Sears engine numbers start with a 143.XXXXXX and can be converted to a Tecumseh number by looking in the back of the engine service manual found "Here".

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The Sears number was on it but NO engine info just the model of the craftsman which I looked at a conversion of which engine it was supposed to have but it came up with 143.784032 but on the parts breakdown it had the pull starter that the screws go into the side of the starter, whereas this has 4 studs that go through the face of the starter (for a lack of a better term to use) it is held on with nuts so it was a no go with that number for finding the right starter to fit. I wish it would let me post pics already.
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The Sears number was on it but NO engine info just the model of the craftsman which I looked at a conversion of which engine it was supposed to have but it came up with 143.784032 but on the parts breakdown it had the pull starter that the screws go into the side of the starter, where as this has 4 studs that go through the face of the starter (for a lack of a better term to use) it is held on with nuts so it was a no go with that number for finding the right starter to fit. I wish it would let me post pics already. It would be so much easier to get help on this one. From what I understand, there were two versions and the older one was not put into the listings and books but was similar but had a few different parts.
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For some reason a few replies seem to not be posting from last night, Hopefully my post count will allow pics now.
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Use a wire brush in this area to find the engine numbers. Newer motors had stickers on the recoil shroud with engine numbers.
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One thing I think may have happened it someone at some point changed the starter cup because the one on it seems much larger and is NOT rusty so I'm thinking it isn't the one that belongs, I'll go and hit it with a brush now and see if I can find it. OK I wire brushed and used a sharpie to help bring out the numbers, 143.784032 well pulling up the sears parts it needs the pull starter 590577 and is no longer available and none on eBay that I can find ATM so the search continues, You have been very helpful, Thank you very much.

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