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Toro 5/24 Re-power

We've turned the corner on summer so it's a good time to start a snowblower project

She's not in bad shape at all, and built like a tank:

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The tired TA-COOM-SAY came off easy:

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Hemi Predator waiting in the wings...

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the tires are shot

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These look nice:

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1989 John Deere 1032
1979 Toro 5/24 38040 (now a 6.5/24)
2015 Snapper Pro SW30 52" Mower

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Looking good.

Carlisle X-TRAC are the best tires that you can get for a snowblower (IMO).
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Looking good.

Carlisle X-TRAC are the best tires that you can get for a snowblower (IMO).
OK on order!

Performed more disassembly and cleaning today...

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There are two more of these oilite types of bearings supporting the augers. How can you tell if they've gone bad? Just play on the shaft it rides on?

Bearing [20-0980] for Toro Lawn Equipment | eReplacement Parts

1989 John Deere 1032
1979 Toro 5/24 38040 (now a 6.5/24)
2015 Snapper Pro SW30 52" Mower

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I picked one of these up, yesterday. Trying to decide whether to get the Tecumseh running or to put a Predator on it. I will be following with great interest.
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Congrats Tom!

The Tec on mine didnt have any spark and I suspect it had to do with the interlock switches in the dashboard. They were loose, corroded and not "positive" in operation, so all have been removed.

Based on an analysis of the chassis during the strip down it looks like the useful life of the machine can be extended by another decade or two with ~$240 worth of parts consisting of 3 new bushings (1 for the impeller and 2 for the augers), 2 new belts, 1 new rubber drive disc, new grease in the auger box and a new engine.

IMO what would end this machine is rust-through in the lower portion of the bucket and in the impeller chamber so there's a job to do in removing it and protecting the metal as much as possible.

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tdipaul, thanks for the key points to look at.

rust-through in the lower portion of the bucket and in the impeller chamber. I think I'm already being treated for this, myself.
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There's been a lot of that going around lately, LOL

Did some painting tonight

Skid before and after (paint is still wet). Trying Troy-Bilt Red as it seems to match the original okay.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/153451.../shares/U8Sb5G

Augers wire-wheeled, sanded with 180 and painted with Rustoleum Semi-Gloss Black...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/153451.../shares/Gv0863

Ordered up some decals. The OEM's are NLA so going to deviate from "stock" for aesthetics




Its gonna have a hemi so why not? Will trim off the lower POWER RAM portion...




TORO decals for the escutcheon plate and sides of the bucket...







Also, found this guy on the way home from work with a "FREE" sign on it. Looks okay externally but the engine is seized. Loaded the cylinder and carb up with PB Blaster so will let it sit for a week or two and check back.

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1989 John Deere 1032
1979 Toro 5/24 38040 (now a 6.5/24)
2015 Snapper Pro SW30 52" Mower

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I got one of these a couple of years ago. It's an 8 Horsepower Briggs and Stratton motor powering an "I don't know what" walk behind blower. This thing will definitely part your hair. It will get rid of excess top soil, too. I only use it when everything is blown to the edges and then this blows it over the edge into the next town.
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nice

there were tons of acorns in the shroud locking things up so the engine is not seized.

But unfortunately there isn't much compression.

Its almost hard to tell where the compression stroke is, there's that little

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wire wheeled/sanded the bucket and started painting the interior tonight

https://www.flickr.com/photos/153451.../shares/y31hF0

next up is the impeller bearing and the fitting of the impeller kit

then to finish painting the rest of the bucket

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2015 Snapper Pro SW30 52" Mower
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