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Hi quexpress

I removed the auger assembly from the bucket the other day and noticed there were 2 flat washers on the shaft by each outer bushing carriers. The parts diagram for 1973 and 1974 machines only show 1 washer installed on each side (2 in total).

I know that the 1972 and older 10000 series have 1 washer there and one between the gear box and and the rake (auger) on both sides (4 washers total).

The previous owner installed new auger bushings and gear box seals in the past and I want to make sure he installed the washers correctly, or if they should be installed like the earlier machines.

I think you have a 1973 10000 series, would you be able to check if you have 2 washers on each of the outer ends of the shaft and/or if you have a flat washer on each side of the gear box on the auger shaft?

Your help would be much appreciated.

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I'm a complete newbie with these snowblowers. I'm sure that more experienced guys would know the answer.
I'm still debating whether mine is a 1973 or 1974. It's probably a 1973 ½ LOL.
I seem to remember that there was a total of 2 flat washers: one at each end of the auger shaft (none close to the gearbox).
It's quite a coincidence that you ask me this because, after cleaning both auger rakes this afternoon, I realized that the holes for the shear bolts are elongated. I therefore decided to dismantle the ones on the 924 "organ donor". These are a bit better. I believe that the 924 also has only one washer at each end. I'll check tomorrow to confirm.
 

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I reinstalled the axles and differential, the bushing carriers were reinstalled in the same orientation as they were originally.
The interior components were cleaned and lubed, rims and tires installed as well as the handle bars

These 10000 series machines always impress me with how well they are engineered and the quality of their parts, simple to repair and work on.

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I checked in the garage and there were definitely only 2 washers ... one at each end of the 1973 auger shaft.
Note: Both of my 10,000 series have 910995 Sno-Thro attachments. The 1971 has 4 washers on the shaft (1 at each end and 1 on each side of the gear case). The 1973 has only 1 washer at each end of the shaft.
 

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I checked in the garage and there were definitely only 2 washers ... one at each end of the 1973 auger shaft.
Note: Both of my 10,000 series have 910995 Sno-Thro attachments. The 1971 has 4 washers on the shaft (1 at each end and 1 on each side of the gear case). The 1973 has only 1 washer at each end of the shaft.



Thanks for taking the time to check your machines, much appreciated. My Sno-Thro attachment is a 910017.
 
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Thanks for taking the time to check your machines, much appreciated. My Sno-Thro attachment is a 910017.
You are most welcome. BTW I'm learning a lot from your posts and from others on this forum.

Note: In the 10,000 series manual, for Sno-Thro 910995, I noticed on page 7 that Ariens lists only 2 washers (64046) for the 1973 model ... but for the 1971 model on page 12, they list 4 washers (64046).
I can only guess that they decided in 1973 that the 2 middle washers were not needed.
 

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Auger/impeller assembly have been removed from the blower housing.

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The auger bushings were in great shape, previous owner had said they had been replaced in the past.

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Changed the oil in the auger gear box, looks like it had not been changed recently. No signs of metal particles in the oil though.

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The bowl gasket for the Walbro LME carb finally arrived from California, so I reassembled the carb and engine.

I only repainted the gas tank mounting brackets and the tins on top of the engine.

The engine and remaining parts are original paint. Degreaser , rubbing compound and small touch ups here and there and a finish coat of wax.

I think it came out pretty well.



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Mounted the engine onto the tractor today, a bit of finagling involved to get the engine on the studs because of the long oil drain tube and the rear mounted support for the chute mechanism.
I also installed the tach/hour meter. I had done the 4 turns around the spark plug wire and then run the tach lead out by the gas line before assembling the engine yesterday, as there is no access to the spark plug wire (other than on top of the engine) once the recoil assembly is installed. I then mounted the tach on the aluminum Ariens name plate on the handle bars, like I have on my other 10000 series machine. Then tie wrapped the excess wire and located it just under the recoil housing.

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Metal prepped and applied primer to the inside of the chute and auger housing. Note the scorched paint on the side of the chute from a previous brazed repair to the ring gear of the chute. Will have to address this as I intend to maintain as much of the original exterior paint as I can.

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Removed the impeller bearing, I think it was the original, looks to be in decent shape, but will replace with the new bearing I ordered.

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Degreased, metal prepped and primed the auger rakes, gear box and impeller, scraper bar and skids.

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Drilled 2 of the impeller blades for impeller kit, and put together the kit for installation after painting.
I debated whether to install an impeller kit, not sure if it will make much of an improvement. The impeller gap is about 1/4" on this machine, it has a different impeller design than my 1969 Ariens, which has about 1/8" gap and no impeller kit.

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Great job .... I am addicted to restoring old equipment .... Lol, my work garage is full again.

( Those WorkMate foldable tables are the best ... I have one of the older original ones)
 

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Thanks Oneacer
Workmate table does come in handy and I like that when folded it takes up very little room. I've had this one over 30 years.
 

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Removed the impeller bearing, I think it was the original, looks to be in decent shape, but will replace with the new bearing I ordered.

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Degreased, metal prepped and primed the auger rakes, gear box and impeller, scraper bar and skids.

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Drilled 2 of the impeller blades for impeller kit, and put together the kit for installation after painting.
I debated whether to install an impeller kit, not sure if it will make much of an improvement. The impeller gap is about 1/4" on this machine, it has a different impeller design than my 1969 Ariens, which has about 1/8" gap and no impeller kit.

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Very nice! (y)

Where did you get the steel flat strap for your impeller kit?
 

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I found two small L shaped brackets in my hardware/fastener/junk drawer, that I flattened and cut to size.

I think they came from my father's fastener stash that I inherited when he passed, as they were in a box full of small hinges that I remember he had in the garage.


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I found two small L shaped brackets in my hardware/fastener/junk drawer, that I flattened and cut to size.

I think they came from my father's fastener stash that I inherited when he passed, as they were in a box full of small hinges that I remember he had in the garage.
Cool! (y)
I'm heading for the hardware store! Thanks!
 

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Lol .... you get to be our age, with years of saving everything, you have your own hardware store .... 😄

I remove all nots, bolts and screws etc. before I discard anything ...... actually, I suppose I could stop now ..... 😃😄😁
 

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Painted the inside if the auger housing and chute, as well as the rakes, impeller, gear case, scraper bar and skids.

3 thin brushed on coats spaced 2 hours apart and within 8 hours as per the instructions on the paint can. Definitely easier and less time consuming to use spray paint, but I want to compare the wear of this paint against the spray job I did last year on my other 10000 series. I can use it to touch up small areas on the outside of the machine as well.

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