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#16 Bill 76 ONLINE  

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Posted August 15, 2014 - 03:16 PM

My Mom bought one like that minus the electric start 30 some years ago,great mower.Only thing I had to replace was the small drive belt and the jack shaft bearing and flanges.I really like the ground speed control.Hope you can find a used engine for it.IMO they were a well built machine.

 

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Posted August 15, 2014 - 04:49 PM

That loose valve seat can easily be put back in place.  .....To keep it in place, follow the directions in the B&S Repair Manual.

 

Look at Section 6 - Page 9 in the repair manual at this link:

 

 

http://gardentractor...l-head-singles/

 

Those Snappers are good mowers, and if the cylinder is not scored or scratched badly, the engine should continue running for quite a while if the valve seat is properly repaired.


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 05:32 PM

That loose valve seat can easily be put back in place.  .....To keep it in place, follow the directions in the B&S Repair Manual.

 

Look at Section 6 - Page 9 in the repair manual at this link:

 

 

http://gardentractor...l-head-singles/

 

Those Snappers are good mowers, and if the cylinder is not scored or scratched badly, the engine should continue running for quite a while if the valve seat is properly repaired.

 

Cylinder is not scored or scorched.  Thanks for the heads-up on the seats.  I know very little about Briggs engines so I appreciate the input!

 

I know this was NOT a cheap machine when new.  It has performed well so far and I would like to keep it going if possible.


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 09:07 PM

I had a old friend that had a snapper rider with a 8hp that ever 2 or 3 years he had to reseat the intake seat

 

I have a snapper push mower like the one you are working on - but no electric starter

 

I need the get a new condenser, points and new plug for it

it is a good little mower I use for trimming


Edited by lyall, August 15, 2014 - 09:10 PM.

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Posted August 16, 2014 - 10:04 AM

Since I got the seat reseated I am tempted to toss a head gasket on it and give it a whirl.  I was hoping to use this one while I tear down my old Lawnboy for a ring job and to go thru the carb... but that is another project.  



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Posted August 16, 2014 - 08:23 PM

go for it 

head gasket is cheap and it might turn out to be a good little mower to have around


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Posted October 14, 2014 - 03:51 PM

Tried to by a HG locally but it ended up being $12 or more.  Pulled the trigger on a HG on ebay for $7 and it arrived this morning.  Cleaned the carbon off the piston and head.  I lapped the head then installed the new HG with the clean head.  Bolted everything together and it started on the 4th pull.  After a bit of carb adjustment it runs great and starts very easily - much easier to manage than my old Lawnboy.  This this is loaded with electric start, variable speed self-propel, thatcher, and bagger.  



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Posted October 14, 2014 - 04:18 PM

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Posted October 27, 2014 - 10:05 AM

Just a quick update on this old Snapper

 

I have used the beast for over two hours of lawn work since the repairs.  It is working great and starts very easy.  I still need to adjust the carb a bit as I have not figured out turning Briggs carbs.  



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Posted October 27, 2014 - 05:26 PM

those are easy only 1 mixture adjustment screw...(hi speed)



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Posted October 27, 2014 - 05:48 PM

I've peened seats back into place a few times.  Never had one come loose after either.







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