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Breathed life into a 1974 Ariens 922006 Snowblower


IHhogfarmer

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Not really a big “project” which is why I posted here. I may post it on the projects page. My grandparents brought this back from my great uncles in Wyoming back in late September. It did not run so after messing with it I found it had spark and compression and with a little carb and choke cleaner it was wanting to go. So the next step was getting the carburetor cleaned. There was a ton of junk in that thing I’m sure it’s been 10 years minimum since it’s run. A new kit was put in it and then the carb was installed. A little cleaning here and there and a new rope start is about all that was done with it. Not even $15 in this thing so it’s a pretty sweet deal. Notice it has the electric start that still works but the gear won’t retract properly so it doesn’t engage. It also has 4 forward speeds and 1 reverse. Pretty excited about this one. Thought you all might think it’s neat, enjoy the pics. 
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The way you see it cosmetically is the way it was when I got it. It runs great and now I am just waiting for it to snow so I can use it. Didn’t have to do anything with the transmission. It has new oil in it and the tine’s are greased and ready to go. Sorry no videos don’t have that figured out yet lol. 

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5 hours ago, IHhogfarmer said:

The way you see it cosmetically is the way it was when I got it. It runs great and now I am just waiting for it to snow so I can use it. Didn’t have to do anything with the transmission. It has new oil in it and the tine’s are greased and ready to go. Sorry no videos don’t have that figured out yet lol. 

Nice project, doesn’t say anything on it, but looks like a Tecumseh?  As far as the videos go, open a youtube account, it is pretty easy and much simpler to share videos, just post a link, you can choose public or private. Once you get the app figured out it is very handy to just upload one. 

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I brought one home from our transfer station. It's a little bigger with a 5 horse Tecumseh and pneumatic tires. Anyway, the starter rope was hanging out and everyone walking by would give it a tug and it wouldn't move so they left it.

I dragged it home and noticed it had electric start so for the heck of it plugged it in and pushed the button. That's when all he!! broke loose. The reason the recoil didn't move was the rodents filled it with acorns. The other surprise was the yellow jackets nesting. It fired a couple of times, crushed acorns spewed out along with a squadron of angry wasps. 

When the dust settled and the wasps dispatched, it cleaned up and ran quite well. 5 hp is a little short of power though.

My FIL bought a 6hp convertible model nearly 50 years ago that was now getting a little tired. You can detach the snow blower and I guess there was a mower you could attach. I've never seen one. Anyway, we bought him a new one with about 15 hp, heated grips, lights, etc. He thought it broke on him as the big engine doesn't have a big tank and runs out of gas quickly. He also found it will blow snow completely across the road!

They're really well constructed machines and parts are readily available.

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Nice job getting her back running @IHhogfarmer!

Like @New Englander we had a couple of the convertible ones back in the 80’s - they were old then!  Dad was always on the hunt for a mower deck, though I don’t think he ever found one.
He did pick up a vacuum attachment at a yard sale that worked okay but we never had the right bag for it. It got replaced by a tractor mounted vac. 

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5 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

Nice project, doesn’t say anything on it, but looks like a Tecumseh?  As far as the videos go, open a youtube account, it is pretty easy and much simpler to share videos, just post a link, you can choose public or private. Once you get the app figured out it is very handy to just upload one. 

Yes I forgot to mention, it is a 4 HP Tecumseh.

Now that I am on break I should maybe figure out the video thing. Every now and then I have a video I would like to share. 

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6 hours ago, DavCut said:

we had a couple of the convertible ones back in the 80’s - they were old then!  Dad was always on the hunt for a mower deck, though I don’t think he ever found one.

Would that have been before or after a Gravely  merger? Wondering if they are the same? 

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Growing up, the neighbors had a convertible model. It had 30" feel mower for the summer. You had to switch out something on the carb, I think it was an air filter for the frost box. They made a rotary mower, a broom, a vac, and I think a tiller. I have a poster in my garage , I will shoot a picture next time  I am there.

Always thought it was a neat idea for a suburban yard. MTD  marketed one under the Troybiult brand a couple of years ago, selling them at Lowes, that one included a pressure washer. I think that they bombed out, haven't seen any lately.

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By the wzy, nice job on the restore! I love bringing old iron back to life.

I got a early 90's Cub Cadet tracked model with this house. Spent some time on it last fall. Pulled it out of the shed to move to the garage for the winter today, it started on the second pull, stalled twice and then ran like new!

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Mine is not the convertible model but it would be neat to have one with a few implements.

Thank you all for the nice replies, that’s what makes it so fun to show projects on this forum😊 

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42 minutes ago, CC_Ranger said:

Growing up, the neighbors had a convertible model. It had 30" feel mower for the summer. You had to switch out something on the carb, I think it was an air filter for the frost box. They made a rotary mower, a broom, a vac, and I think a tiller. I have a poster in my garage , I will shoot a picture next time  I am there.

Always thought it was a neat idea for a suburban yard. MTD  marketed one under the Troybiult brand a couple of years ago, selling them at Lowes, that one included a pressure washer. I think that they bombed out, haven't seen any lately.

DR is marketing similar, nice machines, I think like with anything multi purpose you get some diminished performance, but it certainly is pretty cool. My FIL is big into gravely tractors, they are cool but exhausting to run. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

I think I finally got the video thing figured out! I hope this works for you guys to see. Today was the first time of using the blower we had about 3 or so inches of fluffy snow. The blower worked great as you can see.

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On 12/17/2021 at 3:24 PM, vtfireman85 said:

Would that have been before or after a Gravely  merger? Wondering if they are the same? 

I don’t know when the merger happened @vtfireman85, but I’m pretty sure these rigs were from the late 60’s or early 70’s. 

I do remember as others mentioned having to add an air cleaner for summer use. For winter use their was basically just a steel box over the end of the carb. 

Other memory of it was very low ground speed.  At least with the blower on it you could tilt it back and push it if you wanted to get someplace quickly. 

Thank you for the memories @IHhogfarmer!
 

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1 hour ago, DavCut said:

I don’t know when the merger happened @vtfireman85, but I’m pretty sure these rigs were from the late 60’s or early 70’s.

Mine was made from 1973 to 74. The series my blower is a part of was made from 1969-1978. 
 

A while back I found this awesome website about history of Ariens equipment and the different series of snow blowers they had along with attachments.

https://scotlawrence.github.io/ariens/Page6.html

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Thank you for sharing the link to the website @IHhogfarmer.  What a nice collection of information!

Paging through the site I’m pretty sure the couple that we had around were late 60’s models as they had the round chutes. My uncle may have had a newer one with the square chute too if memory serves me correctly. 

Most of the time we used garden tractors of one brand or another for snow duty, but I will always remember running the old Ariens back in the day. 

Dave

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