I posted a question last week but due to the flu I am now able to get back with a follow-up to my 871 no start in this cold.
I pulled the starter and replaced it with another starter. It started.
Over the past summer when I pushed the starter button it would click click and then the starter motor would turn over . I had been checking all of my connections and they were all tight.
But the post on the starter motor was loose.
What I think happened was that the post was shorting out sometimes, and after repeated cold weather starting attempts with a fuel delivery problem the starter finally just blanked the bed and shorted out for good.
After thawing the carb, putting in gas line antifreeze and fixing the fuel flow, it would be my luck that when it was about to spit to life the starter blanked the bed.
Now it starts like it should.
Yes, the lever was in park I learned that lesson long time ago.
Electronic ignition is the charm.
Thanks you to all who posted and added their ideas.
LarryNCKS...curious as to why not jump over the solonoid to the starter on an SOS? What would or could happen?