This weekend I dug out my childhood minibike. This thing hasn't run in over 25 years. My grandfather bought me the frame from a flea market when I was 12 and we went to the junk pile at the farm and dug out of the ground a old irrigation pump with what I believe to be a 3.5 hp B&S engine. The engine has to be from the late sixties maybe early seventies. We spent that whole summer together cleaning it up, fabricating parts and getting that bike running. I rode that thing for the rest of the summer up and down the hills of Georgetown Ky.
My grandfather has long since passed on and I've kept it for all of these years. It was stored with out a sparkplug in my garage for over 25 years. The crank wouldn't turn and I thought the engine was toast. This weekend I cleaned out the garage and dug it out with plans on getting the thing going with a new motor.
Once I had the motor off I just planned on tossing it but after I sprayed a little blaster in the cylinder I was able to start to get the piston to move a little. I just kept on working it and got the thing to fully turn over. I took off the carb, pulled it apart and cleaned it really good with some carb cleaner. I put the whole thing back together, changed the oil (which looked like mud) and found the only spark plug I had sitting in my garage.
I wrapped the cord around the pully, pulled it twice and the thing actually fired up. Sure it smoked for awhile but I couldn't believe it. Now it's running be around my neighborhood at 37 years old and soon I'll have my daughter riding it. Once I get a cover for the exposed chin biter (starter pully) that hangs off the side of that thing.
Was a pretty special memory for me that I was able to re-live this weekend.
It definitely says something about the quality of these old B&S motors. Nothing is built like this today!