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I just purchased a (I think) mid '80's 24" 5hp Snowbird.
Starts right up, auger seems fine and it goes through the gears.
I'm wanting to get it ready for winter...
1. change the oil
(it looks low and filthy)
2. air filter
(I can't find it, missing?)
3. There seems to be a flywheel cover missing...
The teeth are exposed and it seems to me that qould be a bad thing while blowing snow.
Hard to describe without a photo. It's under the gas tank, possibly a missing electric starter?
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Oh, what are the two metal bars sticking up on either side of the blower housing like antennas for?
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Thank you russkat.
The guy I bought it from didn't know.
My neighbor guessed that they were edge guides...
Don't think we've had snow deep enough to use them since the big one in '78.
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It is likely the case that your engine does not use an air filter. Winter air has far less dust, so it air filters are unnecessary.

Regarding the flywheel cover, are you saying that the entire housing which contains the recoil starter is missing? If so, then I would not operate the engine until this is replaced. The vanes on the flywheel are very dangerous to have exposed, and they produce air movement that is directed upward to flow across the cooling fins on the cylinder head.

If this isn't the case, then maybe you're talking about gear teeth around the edge of the flywheel, maybe visible under the gas tank. If so, then your engine may have a provision for electric start, and a cap that covers this area is missing. I wouldn't worry too much about that.

Pictures would be great.
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Pictures would be great.
David,
I would also like to see pictures!
I have been trying to determine when "the last Snowbird" was made, for my Snowbird page:

Snowbird Snowblowers

All I know is "early 1980's", maybe 1983, but its not at all certain.
If we could find some 1980's Snowbirds with Tecumseh date codes, that would be helpful!
thanks,
Scot


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