Sorry about that bad news GAW. Seems the good ones always go first, and the *censored* live forever. Another one to add to the Laws of Life thread ...
My secret deal is in the works, although going slower than I anticipated. This deal is going to anger some ....
... but others will understand my reasons for doing it.
Yesterday I pulled out my uncle's old Troy-Bilt rototiller. Looks to be at least 30 years old, and not run for 20. Boy, if you ever need a reminder that our manufacturing base has been evaporated, you just need to look at this machine -- all solid metal everywhere. Not one piece of plastic, except on the points. Rugged, heavy, metal, & Made in USA - can't say that about a damn thing anymore.
Had to yank the head off & work some magic with some Permatex The Right Stuff. That is the best sealer, bar none, on the planet. Strong as hell. If I had a mold big enough, I could cast my own tires with this stuff!
The machine also had no spark, and a severely clogged/rusted carburetor. Cleaned the carb as best I could. The pin for the floats is rusted solid, so I couldn't disassemble that for a good cleaning ... so it pisses gas everywhere. Also yanked the flywheel and took some emery to the points, reinstalled them, & set the gap. Threw it all back together & she started on the second pull .......... and proceeded to scream right up to 11,000 rpm!! Reminded me of that runaway diesel vid Theo posted a while back!
In my haste to hear the thing run, I failed to inspect the governor arm. It was jammed up against all kinds of bent brackets, etc. I couldn't even force it to idle by hand! So I tried fumbling with it while she screamed away ... but the exhaust was getting pretty damn hot by this point, and I couldn't get my hand within 6" of the thing. Then, she started popping & shooting flames out the exhaust. I though the valves had started to float, but then one final fireball & she died. Piston came to a stop, but I could here something still spinning for about 30 seconds. Yep - sheared the keyway! Guess I went too easy with the impact gun when I re-installed the flywheel. Yanked it all apart again, & no damage at all except the keyway - got lucky there! A trip to the store ( which gave me an excuse to fire up the RD ... which also pissed gas everywhere for a few seconds ...)to pick up a new keyway & a new filter to replace the one that turned to powder just by looking at it, & I had it running & moving around the yard under it's own power before sunset. Going to have to fiddle with the carb a bit more, and if I can't rig it, I guess I'll have to replace it. Total cost invested by me: $11.