I have restored a half dozen or so model 49's. Sold them all so trying again to restore a keeper.
Purchased model 49 s/n G049J-422563M from member Aaron in southeast Michigan with intent to restore for use on my 140 H3 obtained in collection I purchased here in southwest Wisconsin. Tractor also needs to be refreshed. Until then it may see duty on my 314/317/318. Model 49 condition as purchased:
- Shell has many dents from use on gravel drive. No attempts will be made to remove dents.
- Bottom middle of shell is bowed downward and center of cutting edge is highly worn. Shell needs to be straightend and cutting edge replaced.
- Top of shell has slight downward bow but need straightedge to detect this.
- The shell is structurally solid with no rust through metal but does have some cracks that will need to be welded.
- Both skid shoes are worn and need high carbon wear strips added.
- Shell wear plate (M424814) is damaged and will need replacing
- The auger is banged up but I can straighten the bent flights and reuse it.
- As purchased the auger would not rotate. Remove chain guard and found area full of mice nests. Chain has not been lubed for ? years and a few pins are frozen and will not flex.
- Cleaned area and chain is significantly worn.
- There is minimal clicking noise in auger rotation with chain removed.
- Sprockets are in decent shape but I plan to replace 40T sprocket with a 36T and install new chain.
- Bearing retainer on RS of auger is not assembled correctly and bearing is damaged.
- Intent is new bearings to handle increased auger rotational speed and add paddles to the auger. I always replace the bearings if I have auger removed.
- Gearbox/drive pulley
- There is no undesireable noise/movement in the gearbox or drive components.
- Gearbox lube will be changed before reassembly.
- The snow thrower had been refreshed (rattle can paint job) by a previous owner with much overspray. Repaint will correct most of overspray issues.
- My goal is an economy refresh. No sandblasting or powder coating. Sand and undercoat metal parts. Rusty parts will be coated with a catalyst. Then a rattle can paint job. Trying to keep costs down as $800 restorations do not sell.
Much chatter hear at the beginning but hopefully little during the restoration. Here on mostly photos with minor verbage. Post will probably become photo heavy.
Disassembly photos ...