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Was given a 1969 Ariens 10970

I was helping a friend snowblowing his driveway and one of his nieghbor came out and asked if I fix snowblowers. I say I do but for myself only. She then asked if I would take her 1968 Ariens 10970 from her and her husband. I was a little perplexed by the question. Then she say, “it’s yours for free if you want it. We just bought a new snowblower.” She say I would be helping her out as it was just taking up room. So did what most here would do. I took it and thanked her. She told me it worked till last year when the an attachment linkage for the auger control broke so the auger won’t engage anymore.

Now I am inspired to restore this classic machine. What do you guys think. Is this a nightmare or is it worth restoring?
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I'd say you have a nice little project to work on. That machine looks great. Lucky you!
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I often have to "help out" people with similar problems. It pains me, but somehow I manage to do what I can to help those poor souls.

I myself have many projects just like that to catch up on. If you are so inclined, I say GO!

It is just too nice to scrap.

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It's well worth the effort once it's working as it will soldier on for a few more decades.

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Make sure the windows are up before the snow plow goes by !!

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On those old Ariens, there is just one belt and a 2 jaw sliding clutch/coupler that transfers power to the blower itself, controlled by the black handle on the side, which is what I suspect she is talking about. They are very sturdy parts, so if I had to guess, one just came loose. Even if a half broke, it ought to be an easy fix . . .
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Machines like that are a nightmare... for people who sell brand-new snowblowers. Because with a little effort, the darn things will run forever!

Definitely fix it, then use and enjoy it.

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I just finished getting one ready to sell to a friend. It looks to be in the same condition as yours and it is worth the repair. The only thing I modified is the carb to put a fuel priming system on it.
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Looks really good!
Depending on what they bought, they might have been better off keeping the 50-year old Ariens..

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You have a moral obligation to keep it in service......
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Looks really good!
Depending on what they bought, they might have been better off keeping the 50-year old Ariens..

Scot
I think they got a small Craftsman. I agree, this Ariens restored will look much sharper and perform well.
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