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#1 Dane in PA OFFLINE  

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Posted July 28, 2012 - 10:49 PM

I went to the Fair every day this year (family shows animals, I take tractors) and I stayed down in the tent with the 3 older gentlemen who run the place. The one (Guy in charge), John, has been in Garden tractor collecting since he bought his first Speedex off of the other guy's (Norman) Dad back in the 70's. The other guy, Norman, started off fixing garden tractors when his dad built one, and then became a Speedex dealer when people wanted to buy tractors in the area. The last guy, John W. is 89 years old, and started at a small engine repair shop in 1947 fixing Briggs and Stratton Engines. I learned so much about small engines in the last week, that I think my head will soon explode. Norman gave me 4 Complete engines, 1 ran and 3 didn't. A late 1950's Briggs 5-S, that runs and was re-pained (an ungodly silver that is bubbling in places), A 1962 Briggs 6H-B (made a mount for, more later), another Briggs Vertical shaft, and an Old Tecumseh engine. I made a mount for the 6H-B, took it in and they all helped me rebuild it, and get it running good in less than 3 hours. I plan to Repaint/Restore the Briggs 5-S this winter, and have it there next year, probably with something on it to run. I plan to continue collecting and restoring these old small Briggs engines, and taking them to shows. Let me know what you think, and if anyone knows where I can get a rebuild kit or decals for it. (The 5-S has no ID tag, so I don't know the specifics.)

I plan to get a Sears Suburban/Custom and make a 2 seater show rig for them also.


(MTF is dead, so this is home forum now.)


Anyone know how to get paint off of blocks fairly easily? I was told to soak the block in carb cleaner.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 05:42 AM

That's a great story Dane. It's great to hear that these gentlemen are willing to generously share their knowledge with you. What you learned by watching these experts work would take you years to figure out on your own. I think you have been given a nice hand up to a hobby that you have a natural interest in and I applaud these gentlemen and yourself. Take this generous gift and go for it!

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 06:29 AM

i have used oven cleaner in the past that worked real good to get paint off. i sprayed it down ,then took it to a car wash (didnt have pressure washer then) and sprayed it off

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 07:24 AM

That's a great story Dane. It's great to hear that these gentlemen are willing to generously share their knowledge with you. What you learned by watching these experts work would take you years to figure out on your own. I think you have been given a nice hand up to a hobby that you have a natural interest in and I applaud these gentlemen and yourself. Take this generous gift and go for it!


Yes, I know that we all will be keeping in touch.

i have used oven cleaner in the past that worked real good to get paint off. i sprayed it down ,then took it to a car wash (didnt have pressure washer then) and sprayed it off


With no harm to the metal?

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 07:28 AM

I wouldn't use oven cleaner on aluminum.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 07:34 AM

Dane, :thumbs: to you for being able to listen and learn from the people who have the answers.

I thought you knew the rules by now... :picsoritsnotyours:

As for the oven cleaner, I've never tried it, but I'd want to test your particular brand on some aluminum before getting yo the engine, the steel should be fine IMHO. Anyone ever have a bad experience with the oven cleaner trick? :anyone:

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 07:35 AM

It's good to hear from you again Dane! Thanks for the story. The wisdom of the elders is an invaluable asset to have around! Make sure that you pay attention (take notes if you have to LOL). Keep us posted on your progress.
I have never tried the oven cleaner method, but it makes sense. You could also try soda blasting to get the surface clean after stripping. There's a thread on a low budget version Here. There are undoubtedly many more ways to clean and strip an engine, and I'll be watching this thread for those ideas too!

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 07:44 AM

i used it on a older 5hp briggs that i used when i raced go karts. didnt seem to hurt the engine any.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 08:52 AM

That's great! Good luck with them! I hope to see pics soon!

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 11:42 AM

I will go get pics asap. Yesterday was my Gram and Pap's 50th Anniversary.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 02:39 PM

Left on too long, oven cleaner will stain aluminum, but not damage it. The stains don't matter if repainting the block.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 04:10 PM

http://www.oldengine...information.htm Dane ..those are great little engines...Here's a great link to lots of Info..

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 04:43 PM

i put a manual in the manual section for the briggs 5s
i have a 5s and a 6bs that are sittin on reel mowers. nice little engines

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 04:57 PM

I have manuals for both the 5-S and 6B-S in a binder that John W. gave me.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 04:58 PM

I am downloading the pictures onto this cpu at the moment.




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