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1973 Ariens 910010 8/32 found, and easy fix

I need another machine like a hole in the head- but when I stumbled across this '73 Ariens 8/32 on the net for sale, I was ON LINE to buy it. IMO they are the epitome and peak of the classic Ariens 10000 series design, biggest engine and widest cut. The 32" chute model is somewhat scarce. The owner said it ran but needed a "carb adjustment", and was negotiable- so I fired up the old F150 and headed west, a 140 mile round trip, to pick it up.

He used it for a few years but not last year. I was able to start it in the bed of my truck and was confident it was a good buy. It ran rough, sounded rich, and the idle was high and "searching" up/down like a stretched governor spring problem. It was spitting from the carb occasionally and backfiring a few times.

Got it home, first thing cleaned the carb. It only helped slightly and still had all the problems. Pulled the idle screw again, ran a tiny drill bit in backwards, to poke it out. That did it, the idle stabilized but was way high. The idle screw had been cranked up. Turned that down, was able to set idle mix.

next was high speed jet, but the speed at wide open wasn't very high. Had to turn that up with the high speed screw setting (this one has it). Then I was able to set the high speed mixture screw.

there is a trait with Tecumseh engines, the governor springs are stretched- this causes the throttle link to not bottom against the idle screw. I crimped the end of the spring to shorten it slightly, and moved it to the further hole to stretch it a bit. That stabilized the entire rpm range with the throttle cable.

So she's good to go. This one I dropped off at my Mom's to use this winter on her driveway, it gets plowed in badly by the township plow.

What a monster this thing is. It has the locking rear axle selector. Rev it up in 4th and pull the lever, it pops a wheelie and burns out in the gravel. It's a muscle machine !

No video yet, I forgot my camera. But I have some stills from the day I picked it up in the truck.














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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines

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Great find!
I am also (very casually) looking for a '73 or '74 10,000 series myself.
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I had mixed views on it to be honest, the best approach for power is smallest cut with maximum HP i.e. concentrated power to move the heavy snow and slush- but the machine is an anachronism today with it's size and weight, compared to most modern lightweight machines with tinny construction. It's worth owning as a relic of the past alone.
We'll see how it does in the snow. I saw videos of these in action on youtube and they appear to be real powerhouse machines.
The new machines use the same or less power with lighter tines and impellers, so less parasitic drag, but there's also the factor of heavy rotating mass, once you get it moving it has a lot of inertia and torque- that's what these machines had and relied on to move the snow.
Also the heavy construction has lasted 41 years now, and we all know the modern thin skinned machines will never last that long. These old machines were often stored outside and still are useable today, that says a lot. They are very durable.




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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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carb cleaned, tuned, changed oil in auger box and Amsoil in the engine. have a lot of other grease, lube, oiling to do underneath, inside, and on the auger shafts, etc. the machine is bone dry at all the lube points. but she'll be ready for winter in November for sure

if I take this to full throttle and pull the clutch, it burns out and pops a wheelie like a drag racing car





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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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made in USA

the way it was, and always should be !!

she's running sweet





just say NO to Chinese made ANYTHING !
1967 S-242 Snowbird 4/24
AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
Craftsman Drift Breaker 10/32 3-stage
Gilson 55012 8/26 gear drive
Ariens 910010 8/32
Cub Cadet 268 8/26
Yard-Man Snowbird 7040-0 5/22
Ariens 10M-L35 3.5/24
New Holland/Gilson Unitrol 8/26
(2) AMF Polar Bear 7/26 3-stage project/parts machines
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