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Toro 826 Restoration Thread

This thread will document the restoration of my 1978 Toro 826. Growing up, my dad had an early 1980s Toro 724 that my grandfather had bought new shortly before he passed away. My dad used that machine for over 15 years on our long gravel driveway. I was always impressed with how durable that snow blower was, and it still started on the second pull when he sold it. It was the first snow blower I learned how to use.

I always wanted a similar one as a project, and last year I found my Toro 826. It was for sale about 30 minutes away on Craigslist, and was listed as non-running. The guy selling it was the second owner, and had tried to get it running but didn't have enough time to work on it. He probably had it for only a few months. It came with all the paperwork from the original owner, including the original purchase receipt.

Here is what it looked like when I first bought it:







And here is the paper work it came with:




The machine was purchased on 11/4/1978 in Groton, CT. Also included are receipts for quarts of oil, maintenance work done, and the original dealer brochure for Toro's 1978 snow equipment line.

Here it is home in the garage, where I began fixing it up to use last winter.




1984 Toro 724 - 7.75hp Briggs Intek OHV repower >> restoration project
2007 Toro CCR Powerlite - 3hp Tecumseh 2-stroke
1971 Gravely Super Convertible 7.6 - 30" mower, snow blade
2005 John Deere G110 - 54" mower, 42" snowblower
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I pulled the bottom cover and found a huge mess of mouse nests. The machine had definitely been sitting for awhile. All of the stuff from the mouse nests had gotten tangled in the chain and gears. It was a huge pain to get all of it out and smelled terrible.




1984 Toro 724 - 7.75hp Briggs Intek OHV repower >> restoration project
2007 Toro CCR Powerlite - 3hp Tecumseh 2-stroke
1971 Gravely Super Convertible 7.6 - 30" mower, snow blade
2005 John Deere G110 - 54" mower, 42" snowblower
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Once I had it somewhat cleaned up, I worked on getting the engine running. I found that the engine had no spark. The points were corroded, and the coil looked pretty rigged up. The flywheel key was also sheared, and fell out in two pieces when I took the flywheel off.




The coil was mangled to the point where I still had no spark when I cleaned the points. The second owner (the guy I bought it from) had told me he tried to fix the coil to get it running, and I guess this is what he meant...



It was full of glue and different sized wires. Instead of trying to fix the coil, I ditched the points setup entirely and converted it over to Magnetron ignition.





I now had nice blue spark.

I gave the carb a quick cleaning and the 8hp Briggs started in 3 pulls. It ran okay, but the carb was so corroded inside that I kept having problems with it. I ended up finding a new carb for it on eBay, and now it runs perfect!

1984 Toro 724 - 7.75hp Briggs Intek OHV repower >> restoration project
2007 Toro CCR Powerlite - 3hp Tecumseh 2-stroke
1971 Gravely Super Convertible 7.6 - 30" mower, snow blade
2005 John Deere G110 - 54" mower, 42" snowblower
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I blew snow with it and it was immediately apparent that the auger belt was shot. As soon as I hit any deep snow the augers would stop turning. I ordered a new Toro belt off eBay, and that fixed the problem. I also installed an impeller kit using rubber paddles from a Toro S-620.







The Toro S-620 rubber paddles are nice and thick so they should last awhile. This setup seems to work pretty well.

1984 Toro 724 - 7.75hp Briggs Intek OHV repower >> restoration project
2007 Toro CCR Powerlite - 3hp Tecumseh 2-stroke
1971 Gravely Super Convertible 7.6 - 30" mower, snow blade
2005 John Deere G110 - 54" mower, 42" snowblower
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Soon after, I ended up finding a used 120v starter kit off an 8hp Briggs snow engine on eBay. It was off a newer series engine, but the mounting holes were the same and it bolted right up. I also found a plastic starter cover to go with it.





Here is where I mounted the plug/button:



The snow blower always starts on the second pull, so I got the electric starter more for the cool factor.

I fixed the rust on the front bucket this summer in order to prevent it from spreading, but as time allows I will repaint the whole machine.

1984 Toro 724 - 7.75hp Briggs Intek OHV repower >> restoration project
2007 Toro CCR Powerlite - 3hp Tecumseh 2-stroke
1971 Gravely Super Convertible 7.6 - 30" mower, snow blade
2005 John Deere G110 - 54" mower, 42" snowblower
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Here is a video of it running shortly after I installed the starter.


1984 Toro 724 - 7.75hp Briggs Intek OHV repower >> restoration project
2007 Toro CCR Powerlite - 3hp Tecumseh 2-stroke
1971 Gravely Super Convertible 7.6 - 30" mower, snow blade
2005 John Deere G110 - 54" mower, 42" snowblower
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That is a great story JeepGuy03. Keep going with her...................
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Welcome, and you've done a nice job resurrecting that one.

Garage:
MTD....2 stage(modern 8.5 HP) not my favorite
Honda HS622 TA-B - acquired at an auction- nice machine for it's size.
Toro S-140- Picked it up on trash day... it runs, sort of.
Yamaha YS 240 TB "Ricky" latest Craigslist find- on the bench now.
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Thanks guys! My favorite part about this one was how well it was maintained. Before I got it running I popped the head off to check the valves and it still had the cross hatch in the bore and looked spotless inside. I love having the paperwork and knowing the whole history of the machine as well.

I hope we get plenty of snow this winter so I can use it, and this spring I should have enough time to do a full restoration. I plan on keeping this one awhile.

1984 Toro 724 - 7.75hp Briggs Intek OHV repower >> restoration project
2007 Toro CCR Powerlite - 3hp Tecumseh 2-stroke
1971 Gravely Super Convertible 7.6 - 30" mower, snow blade
2005 John Deere G110 - 54" mower, 42" snowblower
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hello jeepguy, welcome to SBF from another toro 826 owner

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