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#1 superaben OFFLINE  

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Posted February 08, 2014 - 09:49 PM

When I go to auctions, there is usually a pile of old Briggs aluminum condenser and points lawnmower engines sitting in one corner.  Usually they are a gift to the scrapper who buys them for pennies.


One time this past summer, I bought the pile since there were two nice Clintons in the mix that didn't deserve scrap.  I see arrowheads and I see treasures, even if they were toast. 


I have since shredded the vertical Briggs engines and sent the broken rods, twisted cranks, and scored bores to scrap.  I didn't think to ask if anyone wanted them.  Sorry about that.  :D


I found these pictures while I was shuffling images of the forklift project a few minutes ago. 


This was a unique variant the Briggs starter clutch (square drive) that you always see.  I guess it must have went to some special starter setup, I didn't think the impulse starters used this style drive?  I've sold a fair share of impulse parts and complete units but I thought they used the square clutch


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Someone must have gotten ticked at a starter along the way on another model.  They must have tapped the shaft the clutch spins on, since I found a rope starter cup threaded on and half the clutch holding the flywheel on.  I'd never seen that before. 


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I had this style condenser on the old aluminum ignition kits.  I guess this predates the spring style that we all are familiar with. 




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Posted February 09, 2014 - 10:16 AM

Your first two pics are of the earlier style of starter clutch used by B&S.  ....They were very common.


Early B&S starter clutches only used four balls, while later versions had more balls added.

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