My 1946 Frazer B1-6 is in pretty good shape and has likely been in storage for 10 years or more. It was originally delivered (according to a note on the literature) on May 5, 1947.
Before I go on, let me say this isn't my first overhaul of something, but it will be my first full restoration. The intent here is to get the ol' girl running, till my tiny little garden, then restore it this next winter.
And so it begins...
I removed the carburetor and disassembled it. Looked ok, but it needed to be cleaned. So, I mentioned at work that I was going to buy one of those 1 gallon carburetor cleaner w/basket things and a coworker suggested that I get some toilet bowl cleaner and use that. BIG MISTAKE! It started eating away at the aluminum body of the carburetor! The thing is I trusted him because he's a Master ASE certified technician and instructor. Thankfully I have a friend who said he can get the aluminum parts soaked in a nitric acid desmut to stop the caustic effects of the chemical.
Once I have the carburetor issue worked out and a few parts ordered that I need, I'll attempt to start it. Hopefully in the not too distant future as the ground will be calling soon.
Though the tiller shaft and wheel shaft seals appear to be leaking, I'm not going to replace these right away. Here are the parts that I'll be ordering initially. Aeroshell 80 Oil, Fuel Strainer and Screen, Carburetor Repair Kit, Spark Plug (spare), Starter Pulley Shaft Lock Ring, Transmission Shift Lever Bushing, Hood Flap Hinge Pin, Air Cleaner to Carburetor Air Hose Tube. Not too bad to start with, though I'm sure there'll be more parts needed as I begin the full restoration.
That's about it for now. I'll post more as things progress.