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I had some serious log -in troubles, but I think I've got that mess sorted out.

Now to get this snowblower in good working order.

As a newby, I've already made some mistakes.
Here's a few things that need immediate attention....
1. Changed the oil, but, I put in 30w, not 5w30 for winter. Might chang it again before the snow flys.
2. Took off the rusty muffler to hit it with the wire wheel. Problem now is getting a new gasket. The model serial numbers are completely worn down & unreadable.
The local shop says they can't help me without them.
3. Six foreword gears & one reverse? It seems to have two reverse gears & when it says it's in neutral, it won't move freely with motor off, but moves freely when in reverse.
When running, it seems to work fine.
4. Them belts look like they need changing.
The auger belt pulley when not engaged is touching the side of the blower... that's not good, correct? Without snow, how can I test it to see how she does under load?
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Thanks for the photos David!

Mfg Date: J014B

hmmm..that doesn't make immediate sense. We need a MTD decoder ring to see what those letters and numbers need, I will poke around the 'web.

DEFINATELY change the oil! 30W shouldn't be used below 50F.
30W is summer lawnmower oil.

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5w-30 is definitely recommended for winter

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5w-30 is definitely recommended for winter
yep, 5W-30 or 5W-20.

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2. Took off the rusty muffler to hit it with the wire wheel. Problem now is getting a new gasket. The model serial numbers are completely worn down & unreadable.
The local shop says they can't help me without them.
?
The engine numbers are stamped into the top of the recoil shroud right in front of where the spark plug wire comes out of the cover.


The exhaust gasket Tecumseh part number is 35865.
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The engine numbers are stamped into the top of the recoil shroud right in front of where the spark plug wire comes out of the cover.


The exhaust gasket Tecumseh part number is 35865.
Thanks Grunt.
Problem is they are completely worn down... except for the last digits.
4235B.
I shall try your part numbers at the local shop.
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Oil change Saturday.
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I would also suggest you replace those tires with a Sno-Hog or a Trac tire, you will get way better traction.
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I am not familiar with this model number, but I will say I have a Yardman Snowbird of the same specs (5hp, 24") as you which is physically very similar, but with a model number different from yours.

I find no info on your model number however, so records of it may be lost in time, as implements such as snowblowers are of rather low production numbers compared to other manufactured items and are very transitory in nature, and approximately 40 years after the fact, details and data can drift off with the tide of time. One year ago at this time I started to update and repair a few things that needed attention on my 1978 Yardman Snowbird 31600-9. What I learned may be of some benefit to you because of my perception they are virtually the same model. I suggest you give the following threads at least a quick skim.

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...es-wheels.html

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...ive-plate.html

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...l-details.html

Regards,
Steve

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1978 Yardman Snowbird 31600-9 (5hp x 24")


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