Blew it up. Yep. The 2013 Blizzard did it in. I've been using the same Ariens 824 since 1989. Bought it new for $1100, the wife said we couldn't afford it and I said I didn't care, I wasn't going to shovel the 70' driveway by myself.
Well 24 years later I finally fried the engine. Yes, it had oil. I think the rod clamp bolt came loose. Didn't break the engine case, so if I can find parts it can be repaired.
But I won't be repairing it. I will be replacing it. I found a new equivalent engine. Mine was a 8HP, not sure if it was a Tecumseh Or s B&S as there were no markings on it. But I bought a new B&S. The don't come in HP flavor anymore, now they are rated in ft-lbs. The new engine is 11.5 ft-lbs. Both are 250cc.
I didn't think to take before pics of the snowblower.
Taking the engine off is easy. Remove 2 bolts that let you split the tractor and thrower section. Take off 2 belts, separate the two sections. Remove 2 wires from the key that open or close the circuit for the ignition, remove the 4 nuts and lift the engine off.
One of the first things I wanted to do was to replace the bearing for the fan that does the snow throwing. This should be easy. Except that it never is. 24 years is a long time for metal to be connected to each other and then come apart.
First I had to remove the large pulley. 3 nuts removed and it was off, easy.
Then I had to remove the pulley flange from the shaft. I removed 2 set screws from the flange and it should have come off. Riiiight.
Banging with a hammer and a drift while supporting the flange resulted in zero movement. So I usd PB Blaster and soaked it. More banging, nothing. Borrowed a wheel puller. I had to grind a notch in the flange to let the third claw grip. I put it on, tightened it up and then cranked on it. Nothing. I got a impact driver and put some heat on it. The let the impact driver fly. Nothing. Let the impact driver go for a while and I had a tiny bit of movement. Went back to the wrenches and SNAP. Lost an ear off the flange. It's all over now. I cut it off with a dremel and snapped it in half with a screwdriver. One pc stayed on and took almost 3 minutes to get off with a hammer. Damn that thing was stuck on there.
That's what was left of the bearing, I had to cut the inner race off and snap it. Think I needed to replace the bearing?
So now I had to order a new pulley flange, that wouldn't come in for 5 days, so it gave me time to do some other stuff. Like paint the snowblower
So between sanding and some light sandblasting I was able to paint the majority of what you see. I have no plans on painting the tractor section because it would mean a major disassembly of the tractor.
I used Rustoleum Farm Equipment Orange Enamel. I thinned it 15% and sprayed it out of an HVLP gun. Got two coats on them.