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Pete !!! If you're out there...



Looks to be from the early 70's I think.
Unitrol ?
Quick rotation chute
Looks to be in pretty good shape.

Fully pneumatic tires ?
8hp ?

I think you have one of these Pete, isn't that right ?
Most of what I see around Denver are Montgomery Ward branded units with skinny/hard tires, hardly ever see Gilsons.
If you think it's a good unit, maybe I'll have a look.
 

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Nice find! I just picked up a 8hp 26 Lawn Boy snowblower yesterday. The guy would have gave it to me but I paid him the $5 he had it listed for. It didn't run and he didn't want to mess with it. Checked the points and they looked good, reset the gap at about .019. Cleaned the rust off of the the flywheel and the coil and viola, it had spark once again! Tires are tubed and still hold air, chains are there and the electric start works. The impeller is totally jacked though, have to pull it out and straighten out the fins. New to the forum, I'm glad I'm not the only one obsessed with these old snowblowers! When we bought our house in 2013 we had one of the worst winters in nearly a decade. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a new snowblower made out of tin. I bought an old Simplicity Sno Away 7hp 24" blower, this thing is heavy and runs like a top. Cons are it only has 2 forward speeds, through an actual cast gear box, and the impeller only has 2 fins. Have since picked up a 76 824 Ariens. Cylinder was scored but a donor HmSK80 from a newer junk ST824 took care of that.

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