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My yard sale find revived #5223587 09/27/19 01:22 AM
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Bought this during the 31W roller coaster yard sale for $5.00 it was non running and was rough but i like a good project. The engine is a 3.5 hp TVS90 Tecumseh dated the 19th day of 1981. All i had to do is clean the points, clean the carb replaced the spark plug and it runs like new i plan to either leave it alone or swap it to a modern deck that has side discharge because i don't bag grass.


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That's cool ! Nice job fixing it back up. Saved it from the junk yard for sure, and for only 5.00 - that's a deal

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Nice find and it sounds really good.


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Not bad for $5. I've owned a house for close to 40 years now, and have never bought a new mower or snowblower. It Amazes me what people throw out or sell for pennies on the dollar that last for years and years, with simple and cheap repairs.


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What is a "31W" roller coaster yard sale?

I use a crushed plastic bottle to plug the discharge chute when I don't want to catch grass.

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Got to love them old flatheads. See if you can get a bigger quieter muffler then add a fuel filter, you'll be good for years.


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Originally Posted by Kira
What is a "31W" roller coaster yard sale?

I use a crushed plastic bottle to plug the discharge chute when I don't want to catch grass.

annual yard sale that runs through state highway 31 in kentucky.


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Here is the replacement deck the engine is bad and dropped a valve destroying the piston these new briggs are terrible engines.
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i 1977 i bought a lawn boy . 2 cycle. for $35. 20 years latter i sold it for $20. i think i did good.

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Nice job, Jake! The Tecumsehs always had a rougher sound than a Briggs, but seem to put out a bit more power. Sounds like it's running nice and strong! Is the bagger door on the deck always open when you remove the bag?

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Originally Posted by jakewells
Here is the replacement deck the engine is bad and dropped a valve destroying the piston these new briggs are terrible engines.
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Are they the ones that you never change the oil?


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Originally Posted by jbutch
Originally Posted by jakewells
Here is the replacement deck the engine is bad and dropped a valve destroying the piston these new briggs are terrible engines.
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Are they the ones that you never change the oil?

Yes and they don't have drain plugs either it is the lower end 140-150 cc engine that briggs offers.


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Good find.
Always enjoyed those LAV Tecumseh engines for maintenance and durability.


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Originally Posted by jakewells
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Originally Posted by jakewells
Here is the replacement deck the engine is bad and dropped a valve destroying the piston these new briggs are terrible engines.
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Are they the ones that you never change the oil?

Yes and they don't have drain plugs either it is the lower end 140-150 cc engine that briggs offers.

Unless it has the check and fill sticker on it it is supposed to have the oil changed. I have that exact same mower bought this year and it says in the engine manual that if it is not a Check and fill model you must change the oil. Mine is not a check and fill engine. The dip stick/oil fill is a pain in the butt.

There is no drain plug on the newer ones. I think they started doing that on some of the flat heads.


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