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#1 thom OFFLINE  

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 02:46 PM

I found this yesterday for $60. It has a 10hp Tecumseh engine. The engine turns as it should but I have not started it yet. What can you guys or gals tell me about it?10041412051_zpseb5e8aa6.jpg


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Posted October 05, 2014 - 02:53 PM

I think I have it's father...look at my avatar pic.  :oh_shucks:  Looks like it's all there just a lot of weather abuse like mine. Mine looked horrible but it ran & everything worked like it should. What are your plans for it other than to get it to run. 


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Posted October 05, 2014 - 04:04 PM

I plan on getting it running and ride it some to start with. If the engine and transmission are good I will restore it.


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Posted October 05, 2014 - 04:36 PM

Just another MTD isn't it?  Older, little heavier one. Those Tec engines many times had solid state spark units and went bad and are hard to find or fix. I would look for mouse nests first and wires maybe eaten off in that area.  Some engines can be changed to points to run, some don't have right castings to do that, have to check.  AND, if variable drive, it is probly locked up and is PIA to fix those also.  Signed: "The Reeper"   heee! heee!



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Posted October 05, 2014 - 07:28 PM

The decal on the fan shroud does say "solid state ignition". I don't believe it has variable drive though. The gearbox appears to be a three speed like the one under a Gilson that I have. I guess it has a regular clutch system. Thanks.


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Posted October 05, 2014 - 07:48 PM

Hard to beat a $60 deal. Looks like a good project. Congrats!
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Posted October 05, 2014 - 08:07 PM

 Those Tec engines many times had solid state spark units and went bad and are hard to find or fix. !

 

 

Not hard to do, but average about $150 to fix. 



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Posted October 06, 2014 - 07:07 PM

I have not picked up the mower or paid for it yet. I told the current owner that I would pick it up mid-week. I'm thinking now, after what I've read about the ignition system, that maybe I shouldn't go back. I would let the owner know that I'm not going to buy it. I don't think that I would want to spend $100+ to make it run.


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Posted October 08, 2014 - 05:15 PM

I went to get the mower this afternoon but the owner was not at home. His wife said he would probably be home tomorrow, so I will go back tomorrow. For the price I will take a chance on it.


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Posted October 08, 2014 - 06:11 PM

The biggest problem with the solid state ignition is that when the ignition switch goes bad, it gets replaced with the wrong one that puts voltage to the module and fries it. If it works now, more then likely it will work as long as you take of it and don't use the wrong switch.
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Posted October 08, 2014 - 09:15 PM

Thanks. That's good to hear.


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Posted October 09, 2014 - 07:17 PM

I picked up the Turf Trac on my way home from work this evening. I plan to completely clean out the fuel system and change the oil before I start it but IT HAS STRONG SPARK at the plug.1009141830.jpg

1009141837.jpg Check out the "special" offset exhaust pipe.

1009141816(1).jpg Look at the expression on his face.

 

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Posted October 10, 2014 - 07:53 PM

This afternoon I removed the carb and found it to be as clean as new inside. I washed out the tank and replaced the gas line from tank to carb. The engine started quickly and runs great. I rode the mower around quite a bit but did not cut any grass. The blade drive belt appears to be too long. I will check it more tomorrow.


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