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Last night I mounted the tracks, whoo-hoo!
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The skids are rusted pretty bad and I could only get one of the four loose, so i had to take them off to soak them to be able to remove the bolts.
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Once that's taken care of I'll pull it out of the workshop, mount the engine and give it a test run. If all goes well I'll be working on the chute next.
 

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i usually mount the engine first before the bucket to test the drive etc. it's just easier for me anyway for installing the drive belt I guess. plus with the engine weight you can lean the machine back onto the handlebars to install the bucket at an easier angle.

it really doesnt matter .it looks like you are making good progress.it's nice when you have plenty of time instead of a rush job.
 

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Makes sense but I want to put the whole thing together again and test everything as soon as I can. If the drive [final gear] is shot then it goes back in the garage and listed for sale, project done. If it all works nice then it goes back in the garage and gets used this winter and probably stripped and painted next summer, unless i don't get a motorcycle, then it may get painted this summer...
 

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Here we go...
As I am still fighting with the skid plates and now with the scraper bar bolts I decided it best to take the auger back off [should have heeded your advise orangputeh] as I cannot raise the auger enough that it won't scrape the ground. Here's a shot of the scraper bar bolts.
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I may just hit it with the angle grinder and replace the whole works [which, given the state of the nuts/bolts was pretty much a given anyway]. Scraper bar seems fine.
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But, I did mount the engine and after breaking/removing/rewinding/reinstalling the pull starter line [I know, right?] I was off and running. I have to adjust the carb a little but that can wait [it was too hot out to mess around with a running engine on an asphalt driveway].
It cycles through all of the gears smoothly and drives fine. My neighbors must think I am absolutely insane as I was driving up and down the driveway and around the yard a little with this unfinished contraption looking thing.
But overall, very happy with the results.
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those studs on the scraper bar may break off trying to get the nuts off. happens to me allthe time. i think there are 5 and you can along without a couple. those bars are NLA from anyone and wouldhave to be custom made if needs to be replaced. I would just drill out the reminder of stud and use hardware bolts and nuts.

same thing happens sometimes with the skid shoes.

was there a key for the auger belt pulley? i think there is on 50's. my brain is so damaged. I just put one together last week and there was. same thing on 55's and 80's but for some reason not all of them.
 

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Orangputeh, yep, probably just drill them out and figure out some replacement with carriage bolts or something. Ran out of time so that’s the next mission. Bar is in good shape though.
as far as a key on the auger pulley, not sure what you mean, is it for the removal of the pulley or belt? More detail?
 

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Orangputeh, yep, probably just drill them out and figure out some replacement with carriage bolts or something. Ran out of time so that’s the next mission. Bar is in good shape though.
as far as a key on the auger pulley, not sure what you mean, is it for the removal of the pulley or belt? More detail?
woodruff key. part #41 in boats.net diagram for hs50 TA click augers and drive pulley
 

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I didn't disassemble the auger as of yet, so assuming the key is there and in good shape. I did run into a woodruff key in the flywheel assembly which was in good shape.
 

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I'm working on a 50 right now. removing augers and housing which is in beautiful condition. pressure washed engine. looks new.

carb is trashed so brought out 4 carbs from my stash. hopefully can make one good one out of these 4.

pressure washed chassis. tracks have some cracks in them. this is close to a 40 year old machine. unfortunately , like a dummy did not take any before pics but it looked like it has been left outside for the last 20 years. here's another that looks just like it.

once i install the carb i can reinstall engine and test drive.
 

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Orangputeh, nice machine. I have to say mine will be my first and only 50 that I will work on, perhaps my only Honda as they are just too over-engineered for my taste.
I now have power back so I'll get back on my 50 this weekend or so.
 
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