Dec 28, 2013 Update

Fine-tuned the garage door to make it easier to open & close which has been a problem after the drywall (bowing the door guide).  Seems to be working much better now.

Also took advantage of the warm weather to cut up some pieces of metal for the next project which is to build an engine run stand for a built 454 I am looking at buying…  Still need to get some more materials for that project.  Cut this up outside while it was warm – otherwise the dust that is generated inside makes a mess of things.


Also got some air-filled casters that I hope to put on the Rotisserie so this spring, I can roll the shell outside easier to power wash the bottom among other things.  Need to do some work with the Rotisserie later this winter.  Note: The other casters are for the engine run stand.IMG_0507

Dec 15, 2013 Update

Used the following YouTube video to rebuild the carburetor on my smaller Craftsman Snow Thrower:

Had to take the thing completely apart to rebuild the carburetor!  Put things back together and started it up – started first pull!  Going to run some Sea Foam through it for even better internal cleaning.

Still need to do the single stage next.

Dec 11, 2013 Update

OK, a couple of beers and researching how to remove the trunk torsion springs, I went outside and dove into the project.  I went out to study the situation and one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was able to remove the trunk torsion springs without doing any damage:

IMG_0498 IMG_0499 IMG_0500Basically what I did was to move each side to the lowest notch using a socket over the bar, then I removed the springs from the middle catch, and finally removed the springs from the last hooks using some vice grips and screw drivers.  I would suggest protecting the windows and body when doing this as they are under a lot of tension.  One person can do this, but an extra set of hands would make it easier.