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  1. GT1600 Won't start when warmed up.

    I think you are referring to the valve seat issue these engines had. The seat would come out of the block and not allow the valve to close. Highly unlikely this is your problem here. It would still run on the other cylinder and the problem would be constant, not just when warm. Valves could just be out of adjustment but I don't think that would vary with temperature either.
  2. Looks great! Makes me want to restore mine. I'd go with the gloss clear too. I don't think you will notice the difference and it should be more sleek so the snow has less chance of sticking. Just my
  3. GT1600 Won't start when warmed up.

    Magnito is bad. The Briggs twins go through them. Once they get old they get weak and it's worse once they get warm for some reason. Should be able to find one on the bay.
  4. 18HPB&S/HS Recommended Plugs and muffler?

    You would need 864 'B' or 'C' if you are putting on the '300' muffler. The 'C' screws into the pipe threads in the block and 'B' has a flange that bolts into the threaded holes along side the exhaust port. Not sure you will be able to find any of them tho. I looked for some last year and struck out so you might have to get creative. Also, the steel exhaust tends to weld itself into the aluminum block so be careful taking old one out, if you can get them out at all. Spark plugs, I used Briggs part number 796112. Here's the numbers in the manual.
  5. 16hp Vanguard wiring help

    The two black wires with the yellow connector plug into the regulator (which I'm guessing you don't have). Out of the regulator will come one red charging wire to go to the battery. The single wire is either a kill wire or an ac current wire just for the headlights. Could be a solenoid on the carb but I don't think your model had that. Briggs does have a million different charging options so it's hard to say for sure. Take the shroud off and see where it goes. Regulator you can get on the bay or at a parts store. Hope this helps.
  6. To buy, or not to buy

    Thats either a 16 or 18hp Briggs in there but it's missing or has the wrong tins on it. Also those stacks are a problem because they don't look to have supports on them. Looks like a back yard resto job to me. Check it over good. Could have plenty of life left but I bet it's going to need some odds and ends. Good luck and
  7. Briggs Engine Part needed

    That pin isn't made to come out or replace, you'll have to get a new cover. Should be able to find a used one on the bay. Just curious but what caused it to break?
  8. GT1642 no spark

    Sounds like the magnito is bad. The magnetos on these Opposed Briggs don't have a long life span and seem to quit once they get hot when they get old. Check the wires first but after that I'd get a new mag, should be around $30 on the bay.
  9. C-145 trans questions

    Thank you Garry, that helps.
  10. C-145 trans questions

    I'd like the heavy duty trans for my engine upgrade. The plan is to rebuild the new one and just swap them out. Then rebuild the original and keep it for future projects.
  11. C-145 trans questions

    Axle seals are leaking real bad on the tranny in my 308. Found one local from a C-145. Question, is it an 8 pinion with 1 1/8 axles and will it fit my 308? Also, what's it worth? Thanks for any help.
  12. Wheels, tires, front end parts

    $70. Come with a set of tire chains too. Used but in great shape. Thanks.
  13. Newbie Welder here... First project [small one]

    That helped with the overall frame of it, but it doesn't have the pin spacing I'm looking for. I was thinking 4-5" too, maybe I'll just go with 4 1/2" and call that good. Thanks
  14. Newbie Welder here... First project [small one]

    How far forward did you move the plow? I.e. What is your distance between the original pin and the new rear pin? I'm making one of these myself but I can't seem to find the distance on anyones drawings. Thanks.
  15. Wheels, tires, front end parts

    Tires are bout 2 years old. Carlisle tru power 23 8.50-12 $250 for the pair.