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Broken mounting tabs...best repair?

A few days ago after getting my engine running fairly good on my Tecumseh. The starter stopped engaging the flywheel, took it apart and found broken starter tabs. Im geussing welding it Would be best repair. Anybody else have these issues? Would a mig with reg. wire work?

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its really thin im not sure if you be able to weld it without burning through the tabs
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Can you post a photo?

Most of the ones I've seen I'd say could be welded (if you're not as hamfisted as me) but yours could be different.

The one thing I'd say for sure is get it set up so all the mounting locations can be used... if a mounting tab failed it's probably because it was taking more than its share of the load.

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Go round to the local repair shops & find a burnt starter so you can salvage a casing with good tabs.

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If you still have the tabs you could always try to braze it. Less heat needed and would be more than strong enough.

I like the burnt out starter case though.

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I ended up talking to my buddy at work with more welding knowledge then me. And he said it wasnt cast iron, so using our mig should be fine. We have a few migs there. I used our Miller and just did little tack welds not producing alot of heat. And it seemed to work, put it all back together today and she fired up first try.
Now to the drive system.....chains are seazed up and one track is almost shot....thinking it would have be eaiser to just buy a new one already!
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The really old ones used 4 bolts to hold them securely. Tecumseh started using shoulder bolts for the top 2 under the tank to make things easier. The shoulder bolts wear with time and fit loosely. I would recommend removing the tank to get to those 2 shoulder bolts and replacing them with standard bolts which you can tighten down properly. Maybe also use some washers to cover up where the break was.


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I have seen people sell the just the body of the electric starter with all mounting tabs intact <shrug> on ebay:

ebay item #281702842307, for example.


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