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Posted October 20, 2017 - 08:34 PM

Started to get ready for parts replacement. Swapped out the origins rusty muffler for one I pulled off another Briggs with a bent crank.  I hope to get a "correct" piece for it at a later date.  jdparts still shows the muffler is available.

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Posted October 25, 2017 - 05:51 PM

I took a look at the engine off of the other 18 I have (serial number is in the 70,000 range) and the original style muffler is there solid.  I am going to see if I can remove it from the late machine engine and put it on this one.  


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Posted October 25, 2017 - 06:51 PM

The cute little mufflers like in your pic are discontinued from B&S they all cross to the modern style like in your photo, only way to get the small style new is in the aftermarket type , think those are around $4


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Posted October 26, 2017 - 06:23 AM

they used to call those bigger ones "lo-tone" as in supposedly quieter.



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Posted October 26, 2017 - 07:41 AM

Good to know all of this stuff.   Thanks all!



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Posted October 26, 2017 - 10:11 PM

Also learned that it is a simple "swap" to used the later style Magneto in place of the current points/condenser/coil combo.  It is a bolt on and reversible mod.  I happen to have a later Briggs magneto on the shelf so I will do some experimenting.  That would be a nice upgrade on this "worker" project.



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Posted October 27, 2017 - 06:15 AM

Also learned that it is a simple "swap" to used the later style Magneto in place of the current points/condenser/coil combo.  It is a bolt on and reversible mod.  I happen to have a later Briggs magneto on the shelf so I will do some experimenting.  That would be a nice upgrade on this "worker" project.

yup it is....  been there done that...... can take the condenser out if you want,  but gotta leave the moveable arm of the points and its spring in place (or find a plug that fits the point plunger hole) or it will leak oil like crazy out of sight out of mind, won't hurt to leave them in place just take the wiring to the condenser out.


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Posted October 27, 2017 - 03:15 PM

Here is the muffler from the other 18 I have. Cleaned it up and installed it this afternoon.

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Posted October 28, 2017 - 09:27 AM

The goodies to get this one up and going are scheduled for delivery today.  I still have not managed to get the flywheel off of this thing... :wallbanging: :wallbanging: :wallbanging:



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Posted October 28, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Yes, swapping the mag is as simple as it says....swap & go!  Did that on a trash pump we used to fill our crop sprayer that got really hard to start.  Did the swap & she's fired right up ever since!


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Posted October 28, 2017 - 01:30 PM

as long s you clip the wire that goes under the flywheel to the points/condenser you really don't have to pull the flywheel. just to put the breakerless mag/coil on, the only thing about that is that if your flywheel key happens to be bad, then you have no choice but to get that flywheel off....



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Posted October 28, 2017 - 02:29 PM

Whats the flywheel look like on this one?

Cant remember if these used the knocker or puller tool



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Posted October 28, 2017 - 04:27 PM

Thread-in puller is what I used.  Parts arrived, installed, and it runs.  I chopped up some leaves with it but need to dial in the carb.  Once the oil burnt out of the muffler it stopped smoking and starts with one pull.  The initial start after the carb rebuild and new points/condensor/plug took three tugs.  I am impressed with how light and easy to push this thing is.  I am right at $120 in it.  Cannot get a new machine that will last for $120.  

 

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Posted October 28, 2017 - 06:59 PM

nope. you can't beat that.  it will probably still run when one you'd buy right now today is in the scrap heap, with both being used side by side the whole life of just about any new box store model.

 

  I have had 3 John Deere push mowers come thru here this year, 1st 2 were junk/ not worth fixing but the 3rd one is staying.  my son is about to buy his 1st house and wants this one, but i gotta say too bad find your own.... I got a couple of newer Murray push mowers that run and are in decent shape, he can have which ever one of those he chooses....



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Posted October 28, 2017 - 09:45 PM

A bit more of an update...

It runs but does not sound like it is turning enough RPMs and the throttle does not vary the engine RPM at all.  I installed new points/condenser/plug and rebuilt the carb all at the same time.  I don't know Briggs engines that well so any thoughts would be appreciated.  I hope to grab the service manual and tune on Monday afternoon.






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