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What method did you use to remove/clean the rust and grime on de bucket/ body of the snowblower ?
Did you remove all the paint down to bare metal or you repaint over the original paint ?

How did you paint the snowblower ( brush, paint gun or spray paint) ?
Do you have use primer and clear coat ?

I plan to do the same thing but with a 1986 mtd snowflite 8/26 !
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Hi Flashingwood,
I used a combination of wire brush by hand and on a drill, plus my bench grinder/polisher. The grinder with a wire brush worked extremely well on the smaller pieces. Takes everything out including the grime. The larger parts were wiped down with carb cleaner, wire brush, and light sanding for the new paint to stick.

Small parts were hung on wires inside the workshop and spray painted 3-4 coats, then another 2 coats of clear coating. I used a heat gun (carefully) to help with the drying process. It really helped as paint didn't want to stick to some really small spots but heating the ares helped. I suppose I should have used a primer.

The larger parts were more a paint. I took it apart as much as I could and sprayed it outside. Good
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It's finally DONE!!!

Thank you, everyone, for all your advice and help. The project took a little longer than expected as it competed with other house projects as well. Overall, my 11-year-old son and I had a great time working on this together. I don't know if he learned or will retain much, but I enjoyed the bonding, and he now has a greater appreciation for fixing things and the workshop.

Again, this 1968 (could be 1966. It gets blurry) was given to me by a friend's neighbor. I was helping my friend with his snowblower then his neighbor came over asking if I fix snowblowers. I quickly say "no, just helping my friend." She seems disappointed, but then offer me this oldie for free. She told me it was a neighborhood hand me down, and it finally died last season. I was reluctant, but my friend convinced me to take it as a project.

First thing I did was try firing it up with some starter fluid. It started after many tried then immediately stalled. Nothing else worked. It was all locked up, couldn't even push it. I was shocked by how black and dirty the oil was when I pumped it out (see pics). Overall it was a great experience, and I learned a lot. A friend asked me if I could do the same for his old Ariens for him. I politely declined, as this is a hobby and not a business for me. I would lose money with parts and time. Plus I am not a pro and would not pretend to be one.

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Here are two more pics, including the paints I used. I remember someone asking about this from before.
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This video slideshow is shorter and a good summary of the project. The longer video may help others doing the same things.
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great job on that MacPlee as good a restoration as I've seen...that machine is good for another 50 years....
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Thanks for sharing your ariens restoration. Job well done! I like that you had fun with your son working together on a project that he will remember for ever! Thanks for all the details and photos.
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