Warmed the #3 snowblower (old Wards) up, drained the oil and filled with
fresh 10-30. Dropped the belly-pan and freed up the drive wheel slide.
Squirted some oil on linkage / joints and buttoned it back up. Consider
this case closed.
BTW, the ID plate says it's a GIL - 476B which my search indicated was built
for Wards by Gilson in 1971.
Slightly changing the subject if I may... some of you folks
seem to be interested in and enjoying older products...
Should anyone care, I still have and occasionally use a
Sears Craftsman C944.52929 blower... 22" single, 6 hp Tecumseh.
Still works like a charm, original with the exception of a slight
modification to the motor mount slots to compensate for the
no longer available fractional inch sized drive belt. With
5w30 synthetic starts easily in -40 degree weather.
The good part is I still have the original manual, dated 6/1/79,
so if anyone needs it I'll be happy to scan it for them.
(I doubt Sears will care, given the age)
Original mauals are a real neat thing to have. I get ecstatic when I buy an
old machine that comes with a book or two.
I'm surprised about the "synthetic" - some of these old babies ask for
Just for the heck of it I read it... makes no mention of
detergency. It does want 10w-30 above 32 degrees f; either
5w-20 or 10 above 0 degrees f, and suggests sae 10 diluted
with 10% kerosene below 0 degrees f :) Winterpeg (Winnipeg,
Canada) often sees minus 40 degrees, so...
I chose to use the synthetic, because it sure does start
more easily. In fact even though I'm getting long in the
tooth I can still start it manually at those temps :)
As an aside, I saw someone (you?) mentioning drenching the
chute with motor oil, and wondered if anyone else here
has tried the "pam" trick. If I'm preaching to the choir
I apologize, but an inexpensive spray can of pam (for those
in other countries, the spray vegetable oil can that you
might spray on a pan or in a pot to make it less likely
for food to stick)
If you'll spray a little all around your machine (the auger,
the frame that surrounds the auger, the chute, the chute
controls, etc) before you start it makes a world of difference
in how your machine operates. Nothing sticks, nothing freezes.
Buy the cheapest generic can - you're not going to eat it so
what does it matter how good it might taste? :)
questions on your Gilson......i found this site a few years ago when i was
shopping for a snowblower.
lots of good stuff there i hope it helps a little.
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