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We've turned the corner on summer so it's a good time to start a snowblower project :smile_big:

She's not in bad shape at all, and built like a tank:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/Wn4U6p

The tired TA-COOM-SAY came off easy:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/yBhbV8

Hemi Predator waiting in the wings...

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the tires are shot

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/8M3LkB

These look nice:

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I picked one of these up, yesterday. Trying to decide whether to get the Tecumseh running or to put a Predator on it. I will be following with great interest.
 

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Congrats Tom!

The Tec on mine didnt have any spark and I suspect it had to do with the interlock switches in the dashboard. They were loose, corroded and not "positive" in operation, so all have been removed.

Based on an analysis of the chassis during the strip down it looks like the useful life of the machine can be extended by another decade or two with ~$240 worth of parts consisting of 3 new bushings (1 for the impeller and 2 for the augers), 2 new belts, 1 new rubber drive disc, new grease in the auger box and a new engine.

IMO what would end this machine is rust-through in the lower portion of the bucket and in the impeller chamber so there's a job to do in removing it and protecting the metal as much as possible.
 

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tdipaul, thanks for the key points to look at.

rust-through in the lower portion of the bucket and in the impeller chamber. I think I'm already being treated for this, myself.
 

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There's been a lot of that going around lately, LOL

Did some painting tonight

Skid before and after (paint is still wet). Trying Troy-Bilt Red as it seems to match the original okay.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/U8Sb5G

Augers wire-wheeled, sanded with 180 and painted with Rustoleum Semi-Gloss Black...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/Gv0863

Ordered up some decals. The OEM's are NLA so going to deviate from "stock" for aesthetics

http://www.ebay.com/itm/reproduction-lawn-boy-snapper-toro-danger-keep-hands-and-feet-away-deck-decal/122604299161?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

Its gonna have a hemi so why not? Will trim off the lower POWER RAM portion...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hemi-Powered-RAM-Dodge-car-styling-Vynil-Car-Sticker-Decal-Select-Size/322179828388?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=511087171311&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

TORO decals for the escutcheon plate and sides of the bucket...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Large-TORO-Logo-Decal-Sticker-10-x-6-5-Pro-Line-Walk-Behind/370644203809?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-medium-TORO-Logo-Decal-Sticker-6-x-4-inch-each-Walk-Behind-Pro-Line/370608756465?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

Also, found this guy on the way home from work with a "FREE" sign on it. Looks okay externally but the engine is seized. Loaded the cylinder and carb up with PB Blaster so will let it sit for a week or two and check back.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/5xi860
 

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I got one of these a couple of years ago. It's an 8 Horsepower Briggs and Stratton motor powering an "I don't know what" walk behind blower. This thing will definitely part your hair. It will get rid of excess top soil, too. I only use it when everything is blown to the edges and then this blows it over the edge into the next town.
 

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nice

there were tons of acorns in the shroud locking things up so the engine is not seized.

But unfortunately there isn't much compression.

Its almost hard to tell where the compression stroke is, there's that little :sad2:
 

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Were there 2 sets of mounting bolts in there already???????????? or was that last set recently made. because looking at those pics you could have run a sealed roller bearing set up in there. instead of that egg shell bearing.
 

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Nice upgrade and rebuild. I got a Toro 5/21 with the Predator Hemi and impeller kit . . . it can throw snow into next week.

Looking forward to your updates.
 
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Nice upgrade and rebuild. I got a Toro 5/21 with the Predator Hemi and impeller kit . . . it can throw snow into next week.

Looking forward to your updates.
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Great to hear you love your 5/21! Man am I excited for winter.

New tires came today and they are beefy things :smile_big: Had to cut the old ones open to break the beads!

Spent an hour removing rust off the wheels and then primed them. Undecided on the color...White, Gray, Black or the same Red used so far? hmmm

Sanded/painted the chute components more semi-gloss as well.

Pics of tonight's work...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/Q3b221

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Looking real good, Last fall I picked up a 521 for my girlfriend to replace her 2 stroke single stage and this is what I found for $50


After some good cleaning, A oil change and a little touch up paint I had sitting for close to 10 yrs that amazingly matched almost perfect, and a good carb cleaning it now runs great and starts first pull almost every time. Amazing what a little maintenance will do.
 

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Nice work on that machine :coolpics:

I haven't tried it on a snowblower rim yet but for riding mowers with stuck beads I'll either pull the valve stem core out or just cut off the stem if replacing it too and then lay it down infront of a car and lay a good chunk of wood (2x4 minimum) on the tire close to the rim and then slowly drive the vehicle up on the chunk of wood. Works great :devil:
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In the past I have done the car method for ATV beads (they are brutal!) but on the back of these wheels there is an extended flange that sticks out past the plane of the bead area and I thought it might break it.

More work done today. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/3uc2aZ

Mounted new stems and tires. Stiff tire carcasses make for lots of yelling GGRRRrrrrr.

Also installed new impeller belt, joined tractor to bucket and mounted engine and tires to chassis.

Need a pulley sleeve because the original pulley I.D. is bigger than the Predator crankshaft's O.D.
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The drive disc is not in need of replacement so this will be the cost of materials for the project...

$150 1979 Toro 5/24
$107 Predator engine
$53 tires & valve stems
$35 impeller kit
$32 paint/sandpaper
$23 decals
$20 misc hardware
$14 Impeller belt
$13 Impeller bushing
$12 Sleeve, crank pulley
$5 quart of 10w30
-$35 from the sale of original Tecumseh

=$429

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