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Old 04-05-2003, 11:40:36 PM
Eric McKenna
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Hi Guy's I just stumbled across an engine that I am unable to post a picture of at this time. However if someone is pretty good at identifying an older briggs model I can still e mail a picture! It seams to have a strange looking barrel type carb, and the spark plug goes into the head almost sideway's unlike todays briggs models that the spark plug is vertical. I would be interested in the year made and weather it was a model of any significant value, or something that was not worth the time to get it running. It is only missing the muffler ( I Think) and it turns over and has compression. If anybody would be willing to look at a photo to help idntify this engine, I will be happy to E mail a couple pic's Thanks Harry!!
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Old 04-06-2003, 01:13:31 AM
Randy Hart
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Eric, Take a look around this Briggs site and see if you can ID it that way.. Lots of great photos and info ! Hope this helps.. Randy Hart Ohio
Old 04-06-2003, 09:10:15 AM
Eric McKenna
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Thanks Randy, I checked out web page and it would seam I have a model Y apx built in march or april of '34............if I am reading chart and serial # corectly! Could anybody fill me in on if this engine is a very common one or?? any input helpfull Thanks Harry!!
Old 04-06-2003, 09:45:09 AM
Al Hettich
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Eric. That is not a rare engine, but they are a desirable engine. It is well worth restoring and will fill a corner on your trailer. They look great, (they take the yellow old style Briggs decal)they start good and run nice. They don't make them any more, and that orphan engine will make you proud as it will run when all the other ones are having a bad day. Give it a good home. It likes you, because it found you, and you think you found it. Al
Old 04-06-2003, 10:48:42 AM
Brian Watson
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Could be either a model "L" or model "Y". The L has a nearly level head. The cooling fins are almost level on top. The Y has fins looking more like a ramp on top. These engines were designed for washing machines in 1930 for the L and 1931 for the Y. The FH had overhead valves, but required a high tub for the engine to fit under it. The L and Y are the first "side valve" engines Briggs produced. While these were common in their day, they're fairly rare today.

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Old 04-06-2003, 02:31:12 PM
Mike in NC
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The model "H" looks just like the model "Y".

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Old 04-07-2003, 01:02:43 PM
John Glowacki
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Eric, check out this web site to ID Briggs engines. It is very helpful and has an area to date engines based on the model and serial mumber.

It's worth saving and getting running. Just figure when a lot of old Briggs engines were made, hit and miss engines were scraped and melted into new parts. Now that was a shame.

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Old 04-07-2003, 06:41:54 PM
Larry Dunlap
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Eric,I have a model "Y" made in augast of "35" unrestored, runs great,belonged to my Grandpa,wouldn't trade it for anything.Have fun!! Larry Thanks Harry


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