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post #1 of 141 Old 11-21-2014, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Question Vintage 1963 Snowbird

What do you think sscotsman, aka the Snowbird King.
Or anyone else into old vintage blowers.

Advertised as a 1963, runs, good shape. that is all.

Edit.
Took pictures out see next post. saving on my storage space.


From the pictures posted it does look in pretty good shape.
Looks almost like the S-226 you show on your site page.

Could it be the larger model this one that you list,
Snow Bird Model 262-2Produced 1962 - 1963
26 inch, two speed
Engine: B&S 6HP 143302


Can you tell just by looking?
What do you think? How much $$$?
What bad to look for?
Looks to be all complete huh?


I am thinking of calling tomorrow and checking it out.
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I made the pictures a little larger, lets see how they come out.
Edit......Better for viewing this size.

Click on me, after you click on it, you can click on the picture again to make it a little larger.
Vintage 1963 Snowbird-01111_efscvaernna_600x450.jpg

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22" Dual Stage
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It looks to be missing the cover on the side for the gas tank?

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cool find!
Snowbirds came in four bucket widths, 20", 22", 24" and 26".
the 20" are the smallest and are called "snow chick" models.

The 26", the largest models, are identifiable with a "box" on both sides, one side is the carb heater box,
the other is the gas tank, but they were made so the box looks basically the same on both sides,
so they are symmetrical with a box on each side:



while the 22" and 24" only have a box on one side:


This one (the one Big Ed posted) looks like a 22" model probably..(im not that good at telling them apart yet!)
They arent in high demand..very few people are interested in them. They are worth the same as any other 1960's snowblower..
maybe a little less even, because parts might be hard to find. an Ariens of the same year would probably be worth a bit more.
This one is missing the heater box. If everything works, I wouldnt pay any more than $200 for it..
I paid $25 for my non-running 1961 Snowbird.

They are cool machines! I would like to find a nice operating 26" model.
I think the parts situation is their major drawback.

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I like the name Snowbird and the decal.
If the decal is all messed up it might break a deal.

It looks in good shape from what I can see for it's age, I e mailed him with some questions and asked if he had the side box that goes over the gas tank.
And for a model number and bucket width.
The gas tank looks newer...maybe it has been replaced at one point?

Did they all have a Briggs and Stratton motor?
Belts should be easy to get? I should be able to get bearings and replacement chains if it ever needs them?
Body parts will be hard I guess?

Anywhere to copy manuals that came with them?

Heck, maybe he has one, this blower is in a town known for the rich and famous. All real large houses and fancy cars.

The ad is 2 months old but it is still listed for sale.

Maybe if I get it I will then look for a vintage Ariens to park along side of it.
Heck it is only money, I need more machines listed under my profile!

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Well I guess I won't be looking at this, he never replied.
He was asking $195, I would have offered way below that and go from there.
The ad was 2 months old but still listed.

There are plenty more fish in the sea huh?
I really wanted a larger machine anyway. Something for the larger storms. Bigger motor and a larger bucket.
I will still keep my little Craftsman as it fits my sidewalks better, it slips by the bushes nice.

Maybe I will keep my eyes opened for an older Ariens like suggested.

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Well his Snowbird ad is gone, how long would it be to type sold?

Here is one close by,
Listed, Electric start gas snow blower.24 in
Vintage 1963 Snowbird-00h0h_d8ov3y2d4is_600x450.jpg

Would this be an older Ariens does anyone think?
Can anyone tell by the picture?
From the 60's?
Missing the nameplate maybe?
Wants a $100 bucks.
Though I would offer less, plus it is not in a very good part of the town.
I would have to bring some kind of backup with me.

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Now this makes sense.
I save my branches that drop in the yard on a pile, I add bush clippings and stuff. Right around this time of year I empty my pickup (it has a cap on it).
I throw a tarp inside and fill it up with the pile of debris and bring it to the dump. I get to the dump and pull the whole thing out on the tarp and dump the debris. It is an easy way to move it out of the pickup.
I always do that right before the snow starts as I need weight in the pickup to move in the snow.
Now I strategically add all of my weight in the proper spots to gain traction.
I then put back what I normally carry in it and am set for the winter.
And I have it filled with no room. Complete with salt and sand and a shovel.

AN HOUR AGO THE GUY WITH THE SNOWBIRD TELLS ME I CAN LOOK AT IT AFTER 3 TOMORROW!
I wish he could have emailed this morning!
That is my luck.

Maybe my bro in law can run me over?
Anyone know what that other machine is above that I posted?
Is that an older Ariens do you think?

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That is an early Ariens. The round chute, ring gear vs worm gear and bolt on side panels should help you figure out the year looking at Scot's site.

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