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Posted July 03, 2016 - 05:06 PM

Seen this on the local Craigslist and just had to have it, been wanting a steel wheel for sometime but was waiting for the right one to pop up.

 

Some of you walkbehind gurus may have to fill in the blanks but so far it seems I need a air filter and elbow along with the proper flo-jet carb , other than that it looks complete and not in bad shape, clutches are all free and engine has lots of compression, seen it spark a few times but them stopped so will have to get under the flywheel and see whats going on. The engine should run though, the previous owner bought it at an auction about 4 years ago and had it running.

 

I got the drive chains but they are rusted pretty good so will have to buy new ones to drive it.

 

Are te handle bars supposed to be like that with one attached to the frame and one on the tool bar or is there another handle supposed to be there like a power ho setup?

 

 

Overall I'm very happy with my find!!! :bounce:

 

Also found quickly these wheels do not play nice with the blacktop driveway on a warm day......... :D

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Posted July 03, 2016 - 05:22 PM

Nice find - did it come with a new garage to put it and all the new friends it will attract in?


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Posted July 03, 2016 - 05:32 PM

Very nice score on that one!


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Posted July 03, 2016 - 05:35 PM

Nice find,looks in pretty good condition,
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Posted July 03, 2016 - 05:54 PM

That thing is cool as heck, great score!
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Posted July 03, 2016 - 07:05 PM

Glad you grabbed it! Your the perfect guy to get it fixed up right!

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Posted July 03, 2016 - 07:05 PM

That would be the flat handle version of the gardener only in the high boy. The handles are right. I always thought they were kind of a pain but that's the way they did it. I've never seen one with the wheels turned to the inside but I suppose that was one of the options. They were designed to have a multitude of wheel spacing.


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Posted July 04, 2016 - 06:17 AM

Wow ! I'm not a walk behind enthusiast, but if I was that would be the one I'd choose very cool Doc.
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Posted July 04, 2016 - 06:20 AM

Forgot to ask whats the loop thing in the front for? I'm guessing for front mount attachments like a reel??

Also anyone know the year of the engine?



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Posted July 04, 2016 - 06:39 AM

1943

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Edited by drbish, July 04, 2016 - 08:09 AM.

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Posted July 04, 2016 - 06:42 AM

hmm well that makes it interesting these were only made 1929-1939 , guess something was swapped out at some point!



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Posted July 04, 2016 - 07:28 AM

Tell you what, Doc, I will make you feel better.
That unit was built in 37 with a br-6 and they wore it out in 43
Took it to the dealer, and he put the approved OEM replacement engine on it... Just happened to be last years stock.

Based on nothin but fiction, but you can tell people someone told you that. :D

Awesome piece. Love the look and I'm sure it's found a good home.
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Posted July 04, 2016 - 07:56 AM

hmm well that makes it interesting these were only made 1929-1939 , guess something was swapped out at some point!

I come up with Apr/43 for a production date of the engine. What are you referring to only being built 29-39? As far as I've found, they built this up until they started the round tube handlebar Gardeners. (46??)  What is the letter after the HB on the tag?



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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:08 AM

I come up with Apr/43 for a production date of the engine. What are you referring to only being built 29-39? As far as I've found, they built this up until they started the round tube handlebar Gardeners. (46??)  What is the letter after the HB on the tag?

yep 1943 by chart



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Posted July 04, 2016 - 08:18 AM

I come up with Apr/43 for a production date of the engine. What are you referring to only being built 29-39? As far as I've found, they built this up until they started the round tube handlebar Gardeners. (46??)  What is the letter after the HB on the tag?

 

Its an HB 3

 

My chart shows an HB 1 , HB 2 , HB 3  Having production runs 1929-1939


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