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post #1 of 21 Old 12-14-2019, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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I've come into possession of this old machine.

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Hasn't run for many years but was told it was running when put away. It's in pretty good shape but does need a lot of maintenance. May need a carb but gearbox appears in good shape. Frame and handles are all sturdy with only minimal rust. Tecumseh model number is under the electric starter button and has gotten a little mangled so I'm still working on that. This is the one with two levers for engagement. The auger is first engaged and then a second lever is moved to engage the belt tensioner.

I'm trying to decide what to do with it. Not sure how easy parts are going to be or if I even want to get into a restoration project right now. Looking to figure out exactly how old and rare it is. Wondering if I should restore, part it out or what. I mainly work on more modern machines for friends and neighbors but have been toying with the idea of restoration. Does anyone have any thoughts? Link to a photo of the machine below. I took the cover over the carb off but I have it and it's in decent shape.

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Nice machine!



Their beauty is in their simplicity.

My idea of restoring old iron in this condition is a good / deep cleaning and a WD40 wipedown; preserve that hard-earned patina!

If it were me, i'd give that engine a minor overhaul (carb cleaning/rebuild, valve job, ignition (points) cleaning / gapping / spark advance).

If it's going to be a worker, you may want to swap out those tires to something more modern (carlisle snow hogs or x-tracs) as well as add some rubber to the ends of the impeller (aka, impeller mod)...and treat it to a new belt.


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Looks like one of my 10000 series with the separate auger lever.

I just did a restore on my 10M4 which looks identical. I had put a B&S on it years ago. I also have a 10M6 with the Predator, which actually runs better than the B&S.

Solid machines with the XTrac, and I never had the need to mod the impeller on any of my machines, as they always blow snow just fine.

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Thanks onceacer That looks like the same machine.

Thank you also classicatt. Never thought of it that way but I like the patina idea.

Since it's Saturday, I decided to dive into it straight away. I've attached a link to a picture of the model number. Is there enough here to work with? I'm having trouble with the first bit.

Looks like H70-130216D Ser-6307D

Would you agree?

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All parts readily available.
Easy to rebuild & restore.
Just have to have proper usage training for safe operation. No two hand safety on these tanks.
There's a reason why these 50+ year old machines are still around.......

Keep us posted on your progress.......

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Ariens 24" 924117 Modified Pro 342cc / 15.50 GT.. Currently Under Construction and testing trials commenced .......
Ariens 32" 924044 Modified Pro 342cc / 16.50 GT
Ariens / Troy Bilt 36" Frankenblower 16HP
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Ariens 28" 924??? Double auger & impeller 14HP v-twin BEAST !!!
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The old 10,000 series Sno-Thro machines are awesome! I have three of them and looking for more. Most all of the parts are still available. Carburetor cleaning is easy too. The only thing I haven't been able to do is remove the brass emulsion tube inside the Tecumseh carburetor.

I have chains on all of my Ariens 10,000 series machines.

Their orange and white color scheme reminds me of a Creamsicle.
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My 10000 series all have the XTrac, smooth as butter, and goes through anything Ö and they look great as well Ö

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Not sure if it's appropriate to transition into a service/repair question on this particular forum category, but I had a question.

Normally, I would never reuse a head gasket but when I took this thing apart, I was amazed at how beefy this thing was. I've never seen anything like it. This thing is like a big hunk of metal. Came off in one peice and it's a beast. I don't think I would be able to find one like it again. I have no problem replacing it. Should I reuse this thing or just replace it?

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Totally up to you … if it does not work, you know what you'll be doing again.

Just make sure to keep with any sequence and torque.
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Not sure if it's appropriate to transition into a service/repair question on this particular forum category, but I had a question.

Normally, I would never reuse a head gasket but when I took this thing apart, I was amazed at how beefy this thing was. I've never seen anything like it. This thing is like a big hunk of metal. Came off in one peice and it's a beast. I don't think I would be able to find one like it again. I have no problem replacing it. Should I reuse this thing or just replace it?

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You’re exactly right, metal replacements with a fire ring can be tough to come buy. Believe it or not, I’ve had better luck with aftermarket Stens...at least w k series Kohler. New OEM Briggs and Kohler are that flimsy junk.

I usually put on new but don’t throw out the old ones and they’ve saved me in a pinch... just clean off the muck with some throttle body cleaner, spray them with permatex head gasket spray and put it back on. They usually have good compression if the head was properly dressed.


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