I know most of you have completed all of your winter projects and have moved on to dreaming of spring. Let's just say I am a little behind.
I picked this 32" blower up about a year ago and have never mounted it. It is actually for a Sears Custom tractor; which shares the same architecture as the ST/10. Should be a fairly easy install.
First thing was to remove the snow plow. A few bolts and the machine is naked:
Sizing it up:
Well that went well and within about twenty minutes, the blower was attached to the machine. Including the shoot adjuster and rear support rods. This should make it work faster:
Then came the fun part; removing the original pulley. Even though I believe this machine has spent almost its entire life inside, Forty+ years have tried to permanently weld the pulley to the crank. Used the medium size puller (couldn't find the large one, its around here somewhere)
It didn't fight the whole way; you know a 1/8 turn and smack with a hammer; sometimes I could turn the puller a 1/4 turn. LOL. Long story short, about 2 hours later, the arms are tired, and the pulley is laying on the floor.
Picture of the crank and the penetration of oil/ATF mixture. Not to bad; minimal rust and the mixture penetrated almost the entire surface.
Cleaned up the shaft and added the snow blower pulley; with anti-seize:
Looked at the spark plug. It's been awhile since this has been changed:
More to come. The fun has just begun.