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post #1 of 16 Old 05-03-2015, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Picked up a Free Gilson made Lawn Boy

I came across it on CL for free in the next town over and figured "Why not". So it's an 8hp 26" Gilson made Lawn Boy that I gather was manufactured in 1972. I know for sure that 8hp Briggs was manufactured in 1972 based on it's code, but tag for the blower is missing. Based on the certain unique features I'm certain it is a Gilson made UniTrol, the 3 speed friction drive, and a large dimple on the rear of the tractor body tell that story, and I'm fairly confident the engine is original to the blower as they seem to share the same pattern of patina.

The previous owner said he is moving south after our blissful 2015 winter. He said the transmission became problematic this year, presenting symptoms of slow engagement and operation, otherwise he would have tried to sell it. He was able to fire the 8hp Briggs on the second pull and it idled nice and smooth. A quick look at the friction drive revealed a disk with no rubber,another mystery solved. Lucky for me the symptoms must have presented at the end of the season because the friction plate has no marks.

Funny thing is, I wasn't even looking for a snow blower on CL. I was looking for a used leaf blower/vac and I typed "blower". The ad for the free Lawn Boy was the first one on the screen. I guess I'll pick up the other blower tomorrow.

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Sweet score. Pics?

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around here all the guys collecting scrap metal get everything off the curb as soon as it hits the street but I'm happy for you

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I think Pete has mentioned that the design on some of those by chance has it so that when the rubber wears out the metal doesn't travel far enough to scrape.

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Cool , Nice find . The scrap metal guys are something ! I gave a few things away and the guy all so took my Bike and snowblower frame after I went to work .

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I've lost a radiator I needed repaired and a tow hitch to guys coming down the alley looking for anything not tied down. The radiator I had just pulled and went inside to get something to eat. Came back out and no radiator.
Picked up a used tow hitch and that was taken right out of the back of my PU in my driveway

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around here all the guys collecting scrap metal get everything off the curb as soon as it hits the street but I'm happy for you
lol, i live in a little fishing village, we have special collection twice a year for things other than regular waste. last fall, one of my fisherman inlaws had a newly built ,custom for his boat, aluminum 90 gallon fuel tank dropped off during our special collection day.....it went away.
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lol, i live in a little fishing village, we have special collection twice a year for things other than regular waste. last fall, one of my fisherman inlaws had a newly built ,custom for his boat, aluminum 90 gallon fuel tank dropped off during our special collection day.....it went away.
That is just sad.
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Does it look anything like this one?
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Here are some pics. I had the opportunity to give it a full inspection yesterday. No major issues but the previous owner made some interesting repairs over the years. He replaced the pins in the chute control u-joints with bent finish nails,and it looks like he used whatever he could find to replace shear bolts.
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