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post #1 of 8 Old 07-30-2016, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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1961 Simplicity 23" snowthrower restore

Just thought I'd share my project with you all.

It's a 1961 Simplicity that was given to me when the previous owner had seized the engine and broke the starter rope. I took it apart and honed the connecting rod and got it running again only to fine it bogged a lot and would need 2-3 spark plugs to remove 6" of snow from a 75' long drive... That was almost 20 years ago. Being young and a hot rodder at heart I tossed the original engine (I know...) and dropped on a 7hp Tecumseh Snow-King with electric start. That was the most powerful engine I could find that would fit.

Year after year it has never failed me. Even when I got a newer one it's been right there for me. Last winter my new blower refused to deal with 2' of snow and the old Simplicity came out and got the job done...

So I figure I owe it to her to fix some long nagging problems. The pulley gear has been chewed to **** before I even got it and it would grind if you didn't slam it into gear. Got a NOS one coming. The next real issue is the axle.

The axle is a solid 1-1/4 shaft, but mine is scored .020"+ on the transmission side. Can't find a better one so I'm thinking of calling some machine shops to see about sleeving it. I think if they turn it down and press a piece of DOM tube on it that should restore the thickness. Then I just need to find the bronze bushings and I'll be good. Just hope it doesn't cost an arm and a leg...

Anyone have a good, not too expensive source for the orange paint? Close is good enough for me as it's going to be a working blower when I'm done, ready to save the day for 55 more years...

Edit: Added a picture of my hot rod snowblower...
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For tha paint, perhaps Chevy Orange? Would it be close enough? I am not familiar with Simplicity but that is what I would use for Ariens. What the machine shop can also do is weld the worn part and machine it to spec. I know there is a member in the forum that sometimes is willing to help, you can try him (I believe his user name is Pixman)
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I was thinking Chevy Orange too, but I think it's too orange.

I found that Allis Chalmers Orange is supposed to be close to the color.

Welding / machining was my other idea... It's not like I'm worried about heat effecting the area... It's a snow blower, not some high torque, high speed machine...
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New axle progressing...
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New axle progressing...
Do you have a lathe...?
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Do you have a lathe...?
No, not yet anyway... But I know someone with one...

Axle done, new bushings installed and honed out to fit, I've started cleaning and painting. I found that Chevy Red-Orange paint it a dead on match. In the one picture with the tires on I cleaned the engine pad and painted the top half, the bottom is the original color.

And yes, I know the one tire is mounted backwards... It was just a quick test.
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I'm thinking of painting the upper chute white like the later ones (S4). Also, the auger. I don't have the original engine, so it's never going to be 100% original and I'm going to take some creative license with it.

Anyone know any period correct decals that would be appropriate? I know the S4 and similar would have the "S" on the chute, but I was thinking of doing the whole "Simplicity" in script on it. I have printer friend who can make decals.

I also have a 5hp snow-king flathead engine to go on it. I think it's more period correct than a 7hp OHV engine. The OHV has an alternator and I want to put a light on my other blower, so I'm taking the flathead from that...

In the end I want the causal observer to think it's a period restored blower.
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A little more progress has been made. The drive section is getting close to being complete and I've started tearing apart the auger section.
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