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Ariens 28 pro (924508) repowering

In 2011 I bought this used 2004 Ariens 1128 Pro with 12v electric key starter from my father.
A few weeks ago the connecting rod broke and blew the base of the original Tecumseh engine.
I had to choose between re-powering the machine with a new engine or buying a new complete generic (MTD) snow blower for about the same price that my wife can get at employee price at a department store.
Considering the pretty good shape of my sno-thro, I finally choose to put a brand new Briggs & Stratton 342cc engine, I wish I made the good choice.
I had to get built a custom bracket to replace the one that bolted to the top of the Tecumseh to hold the chute mechanism, I also had to replace the impeller bearing that was toasted. After removing the battery, the wire harness, the battery older and starter coil my Ariens is now more balanced and more maneuverable.
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Welcome! It looks great, nice work!

That chute bracket has been on my mind too, if I ever had to replace the Tecumseh on my Ariens, which uses the same layout. Hopefully my engine will fare better, but dealing with that bracket could be messy, or at least influence possible engine choices.

Great job, the machine looks awesome! If that's a 2004, wow, its appearance completely blows away my rusty ~2001 machine It looks like mine was stored outdoors for a while. Yours looks practically new!

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I was looking at your pics again, and have a question.

What is the bracket that was added where the chute-rotation shaft is about to connect to the actual chute rotation mechanism?

It has two vertical pieces of sheetmetal, and what looks like a bolt/threaded rod parallel to the chute rotation shaft, with some locknuts on it.

What's that for? My machine has the same chute setup, but nothing like that piece. But it's an interesting idea, because my chute-rotation shaft has some slop at the universal joint, and the U-joint will kind of twist on the chute-rotation shaft when I turn the chute.

That's not a good description, but it stems from there being a little play between the shaft's outside diameter, and the inside diameter of the U-joint pieces. It works fine, but I don't like how it looks when rotating the chute.

Your bracket, however, seems like a great idea for holding the chute-rotation shaft in position, and reducing this twisting during use. Is that what it's for?

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The U shaped bracket with a bolt in it is an idea from the guy who soldered de L bracket for me. It adds stiffness to the whole setup.
I am satisfied with the result of that bracket but if it did not work another solution would have been to try the square post that Ariens are now putting to hold the mechanism.
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