I picked up a BKND with 5 1/2 to 1 reduction gearbox a while back. Was like new on the inside, but had damage to the exterior-- carb was broken, air filter and gas tank gone, etc. I have no use for the engine, but figured it was worth rescuing and worry about finding a buyer afterwards.
Found a replacement carb on epay, but still needed a tank and filter. Got lucky the other day and came across an intact AKS sitting on a dirt floor in a barn. Bottom of blower housing is rotted away, but crank still turns over. Appears to have a valve stuck open and the spark plug threads are stripped in the head. Magneto clicks, but I am not sure if it is working. Has a very nice carb, oil bath air filter, and fuel tank.
The filter hangs from an elbow and is held on with screws. Elbow is too small to fit on BKND carb. Can be hung from the BKND elbow. All I have to do is drill 3 holes in elbow to hold filter in place. Old filter would have been held with wire over top.
The filter housing is stuffed full of steel wool. Looks original. In good shape on top, but rusty on bottom. Do I pull that out and clean it, replace it, or what?
The gas tank is nice and solid. I can see a little rust inside on the bottom. Dumped some witches brew of atf/acetone inside to help clean it up. Will slosh some gas in a day or two to flush it. Will that be enough, or should I do more?
Tank has a sediment bowl. I guess those are almost, but not quite, an inline filter? What is the threaded rod sticking out of the right side? Would that act as a shut off or is it just a plug?
Open to any and all advice.