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post #1 of 16 Old 12-27-2019, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Free Ariens 922 Series w/ Tecumseh 5 HP Engine

Available to someone on the forum. I'm not too interested in these little machines, so hopefully someone can use it for parts or to refurbish. All parts are there and function, including the gearbox.
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I wish u were closer to nyc. Would love to have it
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NYC is only a 4 hour trip (one way....). Perhaps come up with some reason why you need to head to Boston. Perhaps a different New Years eve experience?
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Are the angle iron handle bars oem?
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To my understanding, yes, that is how that series had them, as I have seen it many photos of others.
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Agree with oneacer.

Just posted the whole machine on CL for $25. No charge for Forum Members! Still sitting in my garage.
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Forum member Jack Mels (in Hudson) gave me an identical Ariens Sno-Thro machine last month. I installed a new belt, cleaned its carburetor and eliminated a fuel tank leak. It also needed a thorough lubrication and engine/gearbox oil change.

After it was returned to service, I gave it to my mother's next door neighbor in Braintree, Mass.

Do you know if its engine ignition has spark or not?
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Has weak spark. I've adjusted and cleaned the points, yet just can't get it to run. That could be the issue.

Likewise, about a month ago, I fixed one up for a smaller woman who needed something that she could move around. Put an electric starter on it and it runs well for her needs, and evidently worked well for the snow we had a few weeks ago. Hope this old metal does not end up ion the scrap pile!
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You did well to remove the flywheel. I tried doing the same on the 922 machine Jack gave me because the machine's 5 HP Tecumseh engine had a weak spark and was difficult to start when hot. The flywheel just wouldn't come off. I don't have a puller and had resorted to prying the flywheel outward with a big screwdriver while simultaneously striking the loosened flywheel nut with a hammer. The flywheel never did come off. I adjusted the carburetor as well as I could and its engine would start when hot but only if it was turned over really fast. That's why I believe it had low compression.

I wonder if the engine has low compression caused by insufficient exhaust valve clearance? A compression test when cold compared to the compression when hot (assuming it can be started) might reveal this.

I hate to see one of these gems discarded I wonder if one of those Predator engines would fit on it? An impeller kit and a repower job would make a killer machine but it would still be light and compact for easy storage.
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Don't forget this is a dual shaft engine -- so a predator would have to be altered. I used a Harbor Freight puller for the flywheel, and while I had the carb off, I also pulled the head and lapped the valves. I did not check compression.

When I originally got this machine, I pulled the carb and it was very rusty inside and had a bunch of white powder in the bowl. Rather than do anything with that carb, I put on one of my older carbs I had recently rebuilt.

So, I've put some time into it, yet am not crying tears if it goes to a good home!
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