This is a snowblower I saved from a trip to the land fill last summer. My neighbour split up with his woman and then he was going to move into a rental place. He didn't have a need for the machine and had no clue about fixing it either. I'd used it a couple of times and each time had to repair something to get it to go. He was going to load it into his truck but then saw me and asked me if I wanted it. Well I'm not one to turn down something that may have some potential so I wheeled it home. My wonderful wife asked what I was going to do with it and I said; "I'm going to make it my own" and the task of a refurb started.
It was not a pretty machine by any means but it did run reasonably well. It had come from eastern Canada and looked like it spent a good part of its life outdoors. Lot of surface rust on just about every part. I decided I was going to strip it down and splash a fresh coat of paint on it.
This is the machine the day I brought it home:
I fired it up and played around with it a bit. First thing that i noticed was that there were no options as to drive speed. It was full speed or nothing. My neighbour said he you just feather the control lever to vary the speed. That doesn't work very well so I tipped it on its intake and took of the bottom cover. The mechanism that varies the speed was not engaged to the fork that moved it. Five minutes later that was fixed.
From there the disassembly began. I pretty well stripped it down to individual pieces. Got a grinder and a wire wheel and buffed off the loose paint and rust. Now what colour to paint it. Had a can of black rust paint so went to the hardware to find a complimenting colour. Was thinking a bright yellow but came across a can of Kubota orange so that is what I went with.
Long story short the refurb is complete and I've got an awesome machine. Probably spent about $200 on misc. parts. I didn't have to do much to the engine. Adjusted the carb a bit and a new plug. I can even pull start this thing although the electric is nice to have.
Here's the final product:
I've since added some black drift cutters and am looking for some new skids.
Also looking for a Kubota decal to put on it. Anyone have or know where I can get one cheap??