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Old Snapper rear engine rider need help with Ident

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Anthony Brown

04-15-2006 18:09:56

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I have just aquired 2 old Snapper rear engine riders, both are 319cc 8hp with both pull start and 12v starters. by the model numbers I can tell that one is a 1979 (190702) and it says Comet HV on the front end, the other looks similar but does not say comet it is a 1982(190707)

The 79 frame and deck seem to be in pretty good shape with no rust or damage but the engine is missing parts. the 82 deck is trash, dents,torn metal and the blade is badly nicked up, the frame also needs welding in spots however it has a good engine that runs albeit a little white smoke.

While there are some diferences in the frames and engines they are essentialy the same so I assume it's concevable to combine all the good salvagable parts into one mower.

how do I identify the mower model?

I can't seem to find parts like front end steering linkage bushings, clutch and break cables and the grips for the misc handels for droping the deck, and engaging the disc drive



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04-16-2006 02:54:52

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 Re: Old Snapper rear engine rider need help with I in reply to Anthony Brown, 04-15-2006 18:09:56  
The deck off the Comet will not fit the other one however all most all the deck parts are the same.Snapper parts are not hard to get they have been the same for years.I have about 20 I use for parts.Place a 14hp TWIN B&S on 1 that was 8hp.Now if I can just get the hang of the clutch so the front stays down when I take off all will be well.Good Luck............

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04-16-2006 08:59:48

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 Re: Old Snapper rear engine rider need help with I in reply to Dannie, 04-16-2006 02:54:52  
Dannie, didn't anybody tell you you are supposed to start out, from a dead stop, in low gear (No. 1), then shift up as you go along. Thats why it rears like a bucking horse! Rather disconcerting, especially starting up hill, with a full grass bag on the back! And, try not to "pop" the clutch when starting to move! Rustyj

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Boyd in Mn

04-16-2006 01:29:18

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 Re: Old Snapper rear engine rider need help with I in reply to Anthony Brown, 04-15-2006 18:09:56  
A snapper dealer should be able to get you parts. Once in a while a dealer will not sell you a part he can get so you can be in a corner and have to buy a new one. Also try ebay. I know they sell kits to replace all the bushings in the front end. Underneath the seat there is a spot where you can loosen a bracket where the tube from the frame pivots. This is where you adjust the tension for the belt going to the mower deck. The front ends didn't vary much. I think the front ends came in 3 different widths. A narrow one for the small decks, a wider one for the 33" hivac deck, and a rather wider one for the model with the 42" 3 blade mower deck. Its a great simple design and I believe the best selling riding mower in the USA.

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Anthony Brown

04-16-2006 11:22:32

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 Re: Old Snapper rear engine rider need help with I in reply to Boyd in Mn, 04-16-2006 01:29:18  
Thanks Boyd, I will start searching ebay.

I thought about puting a 14hp Briggs IC on this buggy, I can get one off a coast to coast tractor for about 100$ but the 8hp should be fine for what I"m doin...

thanks again all.


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04-16-2006 10:06:47

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 Re: Old Snapper rear engine rider need help with I in reply to Boyd in Mn, 04-16-2006 01:29:18  
I start in first gear but have to cut throttle back to keep front down too much power and weight on back.I am getting the hang of it.Here is an e-mail where I get a lot of Snapper parts

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