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Posted October 16, 2017 - 09:22 PM

So this showed up on CL in Iowa city about two weeks ago. I watched the price drop and called on it after a hospital visit. Turns out the guy was selling it for his father in law who worked for Deere. It has been sitting on a shelf in the garage and needed a new home. He was happy it was going to someone who would appreciate it. Really nice original condition and the chute is still on it! I checked it when I got it home and there is no spark.

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Posted October 16, 2017 - 09:25 PM

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Posted October 16, 2017 - 09:27 PM

The air cleaner foam is powder

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Posted October 17, 2017 - 03:51 AM

wow that wasn't used much at all. You never see the stamp on the inside of the air cleaner. I like the little striper roller. Nice little mower.



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Posted October 17, 2017 - 05:57 AM

Nice looking mower. Pull the flywheel tin and clean the rust off the flywheel and mag and I bet it will fire.


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Posted October 17, 2017 - 06:27 AM

Nice looking mower. Pull the flywheel tin and clean the rust off the flywheel and mag and I bet it will fire.

 

I will try that on Friday when I have time to play.


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Posted October 17, 2017 - 08:03 AM

If you're gonna pull the flywheel might as well throw a set of points and condenser in there. On the Deere that I just got they were burnt up bad.
On the subject of cleaning the flywheel where the magnets are I have been told years ago by some old timers that doing so was a waste of time...I say "sometimes".

On another note your mower is a twin to one that I pulled from the curb and revived back in the 80s and then wore out for real, before I parted ways with it. It certainly wasn't wore out when I got it, it just needed some maintenance. As I remember I windowed the block on it several years later.

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Posted October 17, 2017 - 09:41 AM

I have another one of these that I wanted to restore but the deck is not near as nice and has some additional holes drilled on the chute area.  



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Posted October 17, 2017 - 10:01 AM

If you're gonna pull the flywheel might as well throw a set of points and condenser in there. On the Deere that I just got they were burnt up bad.
On the subject of cleaning the flywheel where the magnets are I have been told years ago by some old timers that doing so was a waste of time...I say "sometimes".

On another note your mower is a twin to one that I pulled from the curb and revived back in the 80s and then wore out for real, before I parted ways with it. It certainly wasn't wore out when I got it, it just needed some maintenance. As I remember I windowed the block on it several years later.

 

 

I was going to do the points and condenser since there is no spark.  Also going to do a plug and rebuild the carb while I am at it.  Still not the most comfortable with these Briggs carbs...


Edited by Trav1s, October 17, 2017 - 03:26 PM.


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Posted October 17, 2017 - 01:48 PM

Just: I like it!


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Posted October 17, 2017 - 02:58 PM

Here are a few more pics and from what I can tell it is a standard model 18

Model - M18RD
Serial - 32966

Briggs engine model - 92508

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Posted October 17, 2017 - 04:07 PM

Might just need the points cleaned. But I'm betting it will need the carb rebuilt. Those old Automatic Choke carbs do not run if the diaphragm is hard and I can bet it will be rock hard. 90% of the time they rip if you try to take the carb off of the tank anyway.

 

Any more pics of the roller? Does it have bearings in it?

 

 

Carb kit # is Briggs & Stratton 494622 or Stens 520-545 or OREGON 49-137

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https://www.ebay.com...494622&_sacat=0



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Posted October 17, 2017 - 09:22 PM

Manual says 5th digit in the model number is production year so is it fair to say D = 4 making it a 1974 model year?

 

 

There's not stripe roller on it - that is a piece of angle metal that braces the hand push bar.



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Posted October 18, 2017 - 08:39 AM

Just sent a list of items to Bolens 1000 for Briggs parts "fix" 


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Posted October 19, 2017 - 03:50 PM

Goodies ordered and fun will continue next week.  






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