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10M4 Rebuild/refurbish

Just started the tear down today, now to pull out my pressure washer for the next step. For those that have not dismantled a unit before, if you don't put the bolts or pins, etc. back where they came, bag and tag everything. Also when in doubt about assembly, take photos. These machines are pretty straight forward. Going to put new tires, new belt as well as a new friction disc and repaint.
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Photos in correct position ... strange, but uploads sometimes get rotated .....
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full teardown? and looks like a newer engine. I don't remember all of your previous posts and plans.

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I've always been a fan of the old 10000 series, but lately have concentrated on the 73's and 74's with the different saftey clutches..here is a pic of the last one I refurbed with a $79 MTD 208 cc engine off E-bay
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@PAUL,

I am dismantling it to clean it up and paint it .. along with friction disc, XTrac tires, belt and anything else I see while apart.

I would have gotten further along today, but when I pulled out my pressure washer and cleaned it up, it was so nice out, I pressure washed the north side of my house ..

I'll get into the guts tomorrow and put in a new friction disc, as well as dismantle the bucket for paint.


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Yeah, I have 2 of these, a 10M4 and a 10M6 with the chrome handlebars and differential. This 4 has a B&S w/electric start , was for the wife years ago . and I put a Predator 99.00 on the 10M6, ... both run great. These older Ariens were so well built, real quality.

They compliment my 2 924's and my great Yardman 7100-2 and my green Craftsman I just finished rebuilding. Been a busy fall .
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Hi

Nice project!

Do you spray or brush on paint? I will be doing this paint on a 10965 in the spring. I ran out of good weather and don't t have a warm shop.

Ariens 1969 10,000 Series-- Tractor 10965 serial # 005841 with 10995 serial # 023507 Sno-Thro
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Thanks, I enjoy these refurbishes...

I use spray for just about everything, usually doing a sand, primer and then the final paint. I use a gray primer, than for the Ariens, I use the Farm paint by Rustoleum, the Gloss Husqvarna Orange.

I am having nice weather, but also can heat my shop. I might try and fashion a portable paint booth from clear plastic for paint dust if the weather does not cooperate.
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Several years ago, I picked up an old 6 HP Ariens Sno-Thro (model 10M6 with the chromed handlebars) on Cape Cod for $25. I thought it was a good deal until the first time I used it and the rubber separated from the disc drive wheel!

There were no instructions to be found on the internet for replacing the wheel. None of the members on the snowblower forum I belonged to at that time could offer any advice on how to replace the wheel.

Close inspection of the tractor housing showed a hole positioned opposite one of the transmission shafts and I envisioned a means by which the factory assembled the transmission. 12 hours (and a couple nicks on my hands) later, I had completed replacing the wheel! It's a major pain in the a.. to replace the wheel on a 10Mx machine.

I've had to stitch weld the auger housing near the scraper bar connection area.

Now the auger gear case has an oil leak at the impeller shaft seal and the shaft bushing (if present) is worn . I'm definitely not going to attempt impeller removal on this old machine and the best fix I've learned is to drain the gear oil, replace it with 00 grease and call it good.

Restoring one of these old Sno-Thro machines is a labor of love.
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@bad,

Actually, it is a pretty straight forward machine, which is solidly built, and performs very well. I also have a 10M6 with the chrome handle bars. I put the Predator engine on that one … runs great also. Probably tear that down for a repaint also at some point.

On all snow blowers of any age, with a good amount of regular use, will start to split/fracture at the lower auger housing sides by the cutting edge bar area. That is a high stress area, and I have welded four machines already.

You are correct in the side case housing holes, as they are there for easy assembly and dis-assembly. It is a bit of a knack to changing out the disc, and find it much easier done on a dis-assemble, which can be done rather quickly. Pull the engine, separate the chute, pull the wheels and handlebars. Now you can bench the body to change out the disc. Ariens saw the frustration of many owners I'm sure, thus on the newer models it is just done by putting it in the service position and easily changed.

You are doing good on the lube, as most people with leaking seals go that route if not changing the seals.

I'm ready for prep and paint … I'm going to do the frame housing and bucket in orange, but going to do the handle bars and auger blades and impeller in black, like the newer units .. … it will match the newer B&S engine on it.
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Where does one get the most correct color-matched/gloss paint in Ariens orange?

Also, have you ever attempted to separate the impeller from the impeller shaft?


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You are doing good on the lube, as most people with leaking seals go that route if not changing the seals.

I'm ready for prep and paint. I'm going to do the frame housing and bucket in orange.
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