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Offline Zen

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New Project, New Problems

« on: June 09, 2013, 12:49:17 PM »
The Maytag project is finished (the engine part of it anyway) and I'm on to bigger and better things.  OK, maybe just bigger things.  I've heard William talk about some "Snappin' Turtle" lawn mowers he used to own that didn't have wheels . . . it had a roller in the back that pushed it and a sled underneath it that slid along the ground.  They were produced back in the 1950's and the company eventually became Snapper.  I ran across one on Craigslist for $75 and couldn't resist it.  It was in Nashville . . . I worked out a deal for my brother to pick it up for me, but he couldn't find the guy's house when he was supposed to pick it up, they guy wouldn't answer his phone and when he finally returned my brother's call the next day he had already sold it.  BUT, he had another one in "better" condition.  He wanted $125 for it.  I now own that one.  The mower its self is pretty solid.  The engine is a Briggs and Stratton Model 8B.  The intake elbow (manifold) is broken, but it's complete, has compression and spark.  I can get an NOS intake elbow in the original B&S box for 12 bucks.  A carb kit is about $15.  The worst part of the whole mower is the gas tank.  I have found several new ones for sale, but the cheapest is $80.

This tank is full of pin holes and there are places on the top, bottom and sides where you could just stick your finger through it.  I'm way too deep into this thing already and I don't want to spend $80 on the tank if I don't have to.  I've got enough tank sealer left to seal it, but I'm worried bout the "crispy" sections.  Any ideas on how to possibly salvage this tank would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2013, 03:45:20 PM »
I have had 2 of them!

I have a line on one now that I have toyed with buying.
I think it has a wisconson engine...
Guy wants 125 for it.
They had 2 different sizes, in Florida I had one of each.
Yours looks like the smaller one.
KC

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013, 04:33:46 PM »

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2013, 10:43:30 PM »
Weld it up?

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2013, 11:44:57 PM »
Weld it up?

I took it off and cleaned about 5 pounds of rusty crud out of it this evening.  The bottom half of it is actually sound.  It's the top half that's toast . . . but all of the seams and corners are solid.  When I tried to take the cap off, what little remained of the neck came with it.  If I can find a donor for the neck, I think the rest of the rusted out areas will be easy to cut out and weld in patches.

I ordered an NOS intake elbow today.  I'll take the carb apart and let it soak until I get a carb kit.  Other than that, I'm just going to change the oil, install a new plug and re-paint the tin.  That should get it running.  After I washed off all of the rusty water marks that leaked out of the gas tank, the mower looks 100 times better.  Everything else seems to work correctly except the throttle cable . . . it's locked down.  It could probably use a new belt for the blade.  It's missing the rake/blade guard from the front and some type of flap or guard at the grass chute . . . I'll probably have to make those.

I'm debating on leaving the patina or repainting the whole thing . . . I would like for it to look new, but I'm lazy and I like the little bit of og paint that's on it . . .  ;D

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2013, 11:56:25 PM »
Tractor supply has sections of rubber conveyor or something that I contemplated using as a grass chute discharge on mine. Swing by there and check it out.

For. Replacement filler, go to the black pipe section of lowes and get a 2" section with threads and an end cap. Grease the threads lest you let it sit

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2013, 07:26:25 AM »
Zen,
The ones I had didn't have the chute on them I guess yours is a newer one.
The other one is still available and I might just get it since you have inspired me. KC

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2013, 07:28:03 AM »
Does yours have an actual Blade? Mine had a piece of flat steel with mowing machine teeth bolted on each end... KC

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2013, 07:28:54 AM »
Nick, do you have one of these?
KC

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2013, 08:00:15 AM »
Nick, do you have one of these?
KC
I'm sure he will be on a mission to have at least two.  ;D ;D

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2013, 08:22:49 AM »
Nick, do you have one of these?
KC
I'm sure he will be on a mission to have at least two.  ;D ;D

No... But I have two snapper rear engine riders! 16hp with 42" mower decks. Anyone need one?

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2013, 09:32:19 AM »
Nick, do you have one of these?
KC
I'm sure he will be on a mission to have at least two.  ;D ;D

No... But I have two snapper rear engine riders! 16hp with 42" mower decks. Anyone need one?
They might be Snappers but they ain't "Snappin' Turtles". That would be like calling a Dasher a Volkswagen. ;D
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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2013, 01:02:17 PM »
No... But I have two snapper rear engine riders! 16hp with 42" mower decks. Anyone need one?
As a matter of fact I am looking for one. shoot me a PM with prices and details, I need one to abuse mowing my woods, that's right woods....
KC

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2013, 01:10:11 PM »
No... But I have two snapper rear engine riders! 16hp with 42" mower decks. Anyone need one?
As a matter of fact I am looking for one. shoot me a PM with prices and details, I need one to abuse mowing my woods, that's right woods....
KC

No pictures of it right now. Here is my CL ad:

http://chattanooga.craigslist.org/grd/3838059980.html

I started ordering parts last night. But still havent secured a new spindle. Looks like a $40 part. The deck has sections that were ripped loose so I cut out the bad parts and patched them a while ago. The spindle deal broke and I grabbed another one. I don't need two, so I'm open to offers

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Re: New Project, New Problems

« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2013, 06:30:52 PM »
Zen,
The ones I had didn't have the chute on them I guess yours is a newer one.
The other one is still available and I might just get it since you have inspired me. KC


I have found pictures of three different models.  Mine is the smallest and the grass clippings blow out on the left side, just in front of the engine.  The other models have the grass chute on the right side.  I've seen pictures of ones like mine that had a deflectior or something bolted on over the hole in the deck . . . I'm guessing it was put there to help keep the grass clippings from getting sucked into the engine.  Gott'a do some more research.  Maybe it was something the owner added on.

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