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Fixing up an MTD Freebie

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So I picked up a free Yard Machines 28" 10 HP blower today. It's a little beat up, but I'm feeling good about the engine.

So my plan is to drain all the gas, drain the oil, put fresh fluids in and a new spark plug, and see if it starts easily. If it does, (come winter) I'll run it with some seafoam-rich gas through a few snow storms and hopefully it runs great at that point.

I'm expecting the motor to be the easy part. The body is in rough shape. I'm expecting so have some real problems with that. And this is what I have questions about. First, I KNOW the drive ring is junk lol.

1) The bottom plate has broken screw holes. Are these bottom plates universal across MTD machines? Eyeballing it, it looks the same size as every one i've seen.

2) (See video) The axle has a lot of side to side play, and I can't see why. The body of the unit doesn't appear to be deformed at all. Any thoughts on that? If that can be fixed, I think I can get the rest of it in working order with some new skid plates, cables, normal wear items.

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Axle Slop Video:
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