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If you go Ripping into that gear box you are going to need a tube of this. Because there is NO Gasket 4 it. https://www.autozone.com/catalog/com...x/85420/image/ I just used AUTO ZONE Because I already had it Bookmarked.
Thanks, it's good to know I don't have to worry about getting a new gasket. I believe I have a tube of liquid gasket somewhere.

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Also those axle shaft ends look rusty pull the pins and wheels and grease those axles


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Will do, when I regrease the transmission. Hopefully I'll have some time to play around with it in the weekend, then I might just get to test it on the snow left in my garden. It's disappearing fast these days, though.

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So I've pulled the impeller, and it wasn't too hard to straighten it with a large vice, an anvil and a large hammer. A coat of Hammerite and it doesn't look half bad. I'll put on a rubber kit and then it'll be good.

The Powershift failure was, as expected, just a matter of wire adjustment. Works smoothly now.

The wheels was wrongly fixed in the outer axle holes, letting the bushings wander outwards. No rust and very little play, though, so now that they are correctly mounted they will work well.

No play in the transmission input, which is good news. The gearshift is smooth through all the gears. Chain adjustment was quick and easy, sprockets look good.

Scraper bar is unevenly worn. I'll grind down the high part for now, and see if I can find a replacement eventually. Plenty of adjustment left in this one yet, so it might work.

One thing I've noticed is that the engine will start quite easily when cold, with full choke and a couple of pushes on the primer bulb. It then runs well enough on full, gradually reducing the choke. On idle it backfires, hunts slightly and eventually dies. And then it is nearly impossible to start again, regardless of choke and gas settings. I'll get a new spark plug, adjust valve clearance and carb, and then we'll see.
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So I've pulled the impeller, and it wasn't too hard to straighten it with a large vice, an anvil and a large hammer. A coat of Hammerite and it doesn't look half bad. I'll put on a rubber kit and then it'll be good.

The Powershift failure was, as expected, just a matter of wire adjustment. Works smoothly now.

The wheels was wrongly fixed in the outer axle holes, letting the bushings wander outwards. No rust and very little play, though, so now that they are correctly mounted they will work well.

No play in the transmission input, which is good news. The gearshift is smooth through all the gears. Chain adjustment was quick and easy, sprockets look good.

Scraper bar is unevenly worn. I'll grind down the high part for now, and see if I can find a replacement eventually. Plenty of adjustment left in this one yet, so it might work.

One thing I've noticed is that the engine will start quite easily when cold, with full choke and a couple of pushes on the primer bulb. It then runs well enough on full, gradually reducing the choke. On idle it backfires, hunts slightly and eventually dies. And then it is nearly impossible to start again, regardless of choke and gas settings. I'll get a new spark plug, adjust valve clearance and carb, and then we'll see.
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Long day at the hockey rink watching the girls' tournament and doing my duty in the speaker box, but got a few hours to tinker with the beast afterwards.

Assembled the front and got it mounted at the frame, taking the play out of the auger shaft by moving the belt disk as far onto the shaft as it would go. All greased and moving slickly.

Then the **** thing wouldn't start. Pulled myself silly, then checked the gas. Almost empty. Filled it up, still no luck. Got the occasional fire, but no run.

So I pulled the heat box, the carb and the muffler, opened the breather plate and checked the valve clearance. .008 intake, .004 exhaust. I didn't want to take of the head, cause I don't have a new head gasket, so I adjusted the clearance quick and dirty by lifting the valves with a screwdriver and wedging a small flat file between the lifter and the valve stem. After quite a few strokes the intake is now .012 and the exhaust .008. Got it back together, pulled the rope, and ... nothing.

Then I checked the spark plug again. Somewhat weakish spark, even after adjusting the spark gap, so I borrowed the plug out of a Snapper with the HSK60 on it, and what can I say? Fired right up. No backfiring, no blubbering, just good, clean fun. Adjusted the idle as low as it would go, still running smoothly. Killing it, it would start again on idle with one pull.

So I took it for a spin on the lawn, throwing a foot of half frozen old snow several meters (and no impeller kit on yet either). Powershift works, interlock works, reverse holds as long as handle is pressed and releases as soon as the handle is released. Had to keep it short, being Sunday and all. Perhaps tomorrow afternoon.

Those studded chains will have to go, though - they wreck havoc on my plaster stones. Not to mention my lawn. 😆
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Oh, and I jury-rigged a mains cable to the starter assembly to possible save myself some pulling. Solenoid clicks upon turning the key, then the circuit breaker trips. Guess that starter has rusted solid from decades of non-use. Guess I'll have to open it up and have a gander inside one of these days.

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With the new old plug we're back to one-pull-start. So I ran it across the lawn into the wet, half frozen snow that's been piled up by a tractor blower during winter.

It just bit right into it. Consistent 20-30 ft throw to the right, and 15-20 ft all other directions. And that with a good 1/4" impeller gap. Drilled holes in the paddles before reassembly yesterday, so now I've only got to find me some reinforced rubber sheet.

The Powershift is even more awesome when it's used while blowing - sooo smooth and useful. I'll come to love it greatly next winter, methinks.
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Changed the auger gear box oil today. There was enough in the box, but it hasn't been changed for a long time. Perhaps not ever - certainly didn't look too good. I replaced it with a nice mineral EP 80/90 propeller oil, which came in a handy squeeze tube. Easy peasy.

Turns out the starter motor is actually 12 volts, part number 33605. No battery tray, though, and I can't find a charge wire either. Anyone know what that's about? Were they sold with a transformer or something? The (Norwegian) manual I got with it clearly says 240 volts. Anyway, that explains why the house fuse blew. Good thing it didn't catch fire.
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Unknown year Partner 5-61/HM50, for sale

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