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does anyone rebuild tecumseh engines

wondering if anyone rebuilds restores tecumseh engine? Is it worth it? Seeing that they are no longer making these.
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Depends on the need and the desire. You can get years of dependable service from a rebuilt Tec engine, but it will cost a bit in parts, and most don't have the equipment on hand to do it right. I personally am a retired old school guy who enjoys the process and the thrill of restoring a piece of history. I have the equipment and the time. For me, it's definitely worth the effort. MH

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I guess it would depend on need. Since the engines originally cost about $350 to make and they never were used for power sports like snowmobiles or personal watercraft or ATV'S. Today it is easy to buy a rebuilt engine for these things but as to small engines there is just not enough money to be made so you have to rely on your local small engine repair shops and dealership s to fix them. Plus the majority of Tecumseh were old L head engines which have been discontinued for environmental reasons. I used to do maintenance and small engines for the most part are much more disposable then larger engines are.
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I've rebuilt a few of them, to do it right with new parts really isn't worth it most of the time. You can buy a new Chinese Honda clone for less than the price of the parts to rebuild a Tecumseh and the clone will be more reliable, start easier and be easier on fuel. About the only time it's worth it is if it's a dual shaft Tecumseh or it's tightly integrated into something (like a generator) making replacing the engine with something else difficult.
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I think it depends on what's broken. Valves and carburetors are readily available and cheap enough to be replaced by anyone with some mechanical aptitude. Beyond that, I think re-powering is more economical.

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Repower is the most economical way. But... some folks want to keep them all original. I would never repower my dads '67 ariens.

The mini bike crowd also prefer to keep them original.
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Repower is the most economical way. But... some folks want to keep them all original. I would never repower my dads '67 ariens.

The mini bike crowd also prefer to keep them original.
Yes, the 1973 Ariens I just bought wouldn't look right with a shiny new OHV engine on it. I'm repairing its engine right now and hopefully it'll be reliable for years to come.
I've probably spent half the cost of a Harbor Freight motor on it, but I like keeping old things running!

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If you are looking for a project it is worth it.
I doubt a chinese engine will ever be around as long as this one has, and parts can be harder to find for the newer chinese stuff.
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If you are looking for a project it is worth it.
I doubt a chinese engine will ever be around as long as this one has, and parts can be harder to find for the newer chinese stuff.

wow i just gave one of those away and got me a used crafstman chipper shredder to replace it. was cutting down pines and needed the chipper part. still ran great

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