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Posting some of this for the 3rd time, but I think this will be our home for a real long time and I won't have to do this again.

This is a renovation, not a restoral - the dictionary says to restore is "to bring back to original or normal condition", but to renovate is "to restore to good condition".

I do not know the model number on this snocaster, a PO has spraypainted over what remained of the tag and I've not yet been able to safely remove the paint to read it. I may end up just trying to match it from the parts diagrams. It does NOT have the adjustable auger so that's a good starting point - and it looks like the auger is set pretty pretty close so I don't have to worry about it.

Some prior owner rattle canned this with what looks like no prep work and some cheap paint that is now peeling and is the color of dirty Pepto-Bismol.


It's in pretty rough shape to look at but functions perfectly.


The auger is in decent shape, took me about 10 mins with the big Chanellocks to get it all straight - looks like it hit something once - a little wirebrushing & painting and that will be
good to go. Bearings are good.


But once the auger is out the inside is pretty bad (sorry for the blurry pic).


I've learned that my compressor can't handle a sandblaster unless I want to very frequent breaks, but just found out there's a pro less than a mile down the road, I'm taking this (only) to him tomorrow. It seems the bottom of the back, where it meets the bottom piece the scraper bar mounts to, is not welded full length, and where it isn't welded water got underneath and chewed the edge up pretty bad, I suspect some grinding and filling will be necessary. That's probably the worst of it. I wonder why the factory left that lip?

As bad as it looks, it turns smoothly and easily, and the chain looks almost new and it's well greased.


The scraper bar was replaced not too long ago, and I was pleasantly surprised to see they're reversible - when it wears down you can flip it and use the other side. Nice thinking, Case! But I'll have to weld new bottoms on the shoes.

I took the chute off & apart and cleaned down to bare metal with a twisted wire wheel, no pics yet. Came out looking pretty good. it'll be cleaned & primed along with the other parts once I strip them. I'm putting together a list of parts I know I'll need and I've already contacted Brian Hildreth. Update: got 'em, along with a manual, idler pulley, spring, decal, and other fun stuff.

Has anyone calculated a "final drive ratio" for the auger? Just curious. Update: 3600 RPM engine speed is ~900 RPM auger speed. 4:1 is close enough.

This next part came later:

OK we had a blizzard and it's still not done :sad: My bad.

I had to move to the basement when it got too cold to paint in the garage. I disassembled the entire 'caster except the shaft. The bearings are good and I didn't want to fight with removing the pulley. Took the bucket to a local sandblaster and had it stripped down to bare metal. All the rest - except the auger - I wirebrushed to bare metal. I forget to get pics of all the pieces in the nude :smile: but that mule came out looking like it was chromed! Most of the bolts and screws are being replaced, I also got a new spring, idler pulley, and a few other parts from Brian.

Once that was done I took a grinder to the bucket and ground back the cancer until I hit clean steel. At the bottom center I ended up going all the way through so I tacked a piece of 1/8 flat stock on the back and filled that area with weld. There are 2 other spots at the bottom that I built up also. Ground those down and phosphated the whole thing. There were lots of pits of various sizes, I'd originally planned to use some polyester resin to smooth those out but I was afraid it might not hold up. I am using PC-7 (same as JB Weld but thicker) as a filler. I think it should hold up better than body filler, but it's a lot harder to use - it's really thick and heavy. It'll take a few applications to get it all, here's a pic after the first application:

I'll sand that down and hit it again. Update:Ended up doing that 3 times, it's still not perfect but should be good enough.

Some parts I took down to bare metal, phosphated, lightly sanded, put on a coat of self-etching primer and then brushed on a coat of aluminum paint. This pic didn't come out great, but if you hold them in your hand they look like new.


Here's the chute parts and mule after being treated, they'll be lightly sanded - I'm actually using a green Scotch-Brite - then primed and painted.


Not a whole lot planned for the auger, I'll straighten and smooth out the edges, then lightly wirebrush the whole thing. I'm not removing all the paint, most of it is stuck on very well.

Monday afternoon: Just finished priming, everything is ready for paint except the auger.


I'll work on the auger tonight. I'd like to get everything painted tomorrow, since it now looks like I may need it on Thursday. :letitsnow:
 

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Posting some of this for the 3rd time, but I think this will be our home for a real long time and I won't have to do this again.
:sidelaugh: :sidelaugh: :sidelaugh:

You better hurry up they said we're getting a Noreaster on Wednesday.
 

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Bill,

Looks great but Snot is right...we got a big storm coming and you will need the caster! :sidelaugh: :letitsnow: :winterrules:
 

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That's why I said I'll need it on Thursday! :thumbsup:

Now I see the forecast changed from earlier today, and we'll get it early Wed. instead of late. But I should know better than to trust the weatherman, we always seem to get half or less of what they promise. Sort of like politicians. :grin:
 

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The weather guy on WGME tonight said it was to early to tell.

It seems like years ago they could give you a guesstimate a week ahead of time, but now they can't make a guess 2 days away.
 

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You guys persuaded me to get off my lazy ass and get my caster hooked up and running, just got back inside and I am happy as can be. They are only predicting 4-6" inches here but I finally get to try this beast out tommorow. Bring it on!!! :letitsnow: :letitsnow: :letitsnow:
 

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Hey Bill!
That is starting to take great shape! :thumbsup: Now the fun part spraying that Power Red paint on to all those parts...

Look forward in see the finished Snowcaster! :grin:

Did you purchase decals for your snowcaster?

Cheers
Darrin


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It's done! Almost. Got pressed into service today with the last of the paint barely dry. But this is a worker, not a parade queen so that's OK. Didn't appear to scratch anyway but it's hard to tell under all the snow. Poor pic, but it's dark out ... besides, this is the way they should look -- resting comfortably after a hard day's work. :smile:

It was quite windy today as you can tell from the snow all over the outside of the chute. The snow that hit near the engine melted and is now icicles. With temps going below 0F none of it will melt for a while.
The black on the chute mounts is Dryphite, there was no way to spray it inside without getting it all over the place. I should have masked it but oh well. I might be able to remove it once it's all dry.
I am testing out the polymer shoes from Lowe's, they fit, they're reversible, they slide on the driveway real nice and they're inexpensive ($30/pr). So far I like them a lot. They even come with some decent hardware.
All the unpainted hardware is sprayed with Weatherpruf, I'll see how it works and let y'all know.

Darrin, I did get a decal but it's still sitting here on my desk. I was able to save the belt routing diagram.
Snot, the Pam cooking spray worked GREAT :thumbsup:
 

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I am testing out the polymer shoes from Lowe's, they fit, they're reversible, they slide on the driveway real nice and they're inexpensive ($30/pr). So far I like them a lot. They even come with some decent hardware.
Really nice work there Mr Bill. I put a set of the same shoes on my walkbehind and agree with your positives. Sure having a hell of a time keeping them in place though, that plastic is slippery stuff.
 

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Thanks, and: Good time for you to bring that up!

I noticed just a few hours ago that the front on one of them slipped up. I was able to just step on it and push it back down, I'll tighten it before the next storm. If that doesn't do it, I'll add an internally toothed lockwasher up against the plastic on each bolt, that should improve the grip.
 
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