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Western Auto Stores Wizard 18 4 cycle


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Old 08-13-2014, 09:58:18 AM
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Question Western Auto Stores Wizard 18 4 cycle

So this was left in the barn when I first moved into my house, I did try and get it running way back, but was thwarted by lack of information. Fast forward to the internet age, and here we go.

It's a Western Auto Stores Wizard 18 4 cycle (actually says 4 cycle on it) looking at internet ads from LIFE and the like, I'm guessing it's from the 60's, though if anyone is knowledgable in decoding Briggs and Stratton date codes, they can maybe set me right.

The engine part number is rather worn the first two digits are completely indecipherable. XX2502-0811-02 7310160 (some of these numbers may be wrong)

Any knowledge people care to impart, actual model, age, whatever I just want to get it running for the sake of it.
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Default Re: Western Auto Stores Wizard 18 4 cycle

OK some photos would help us a bunch.
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You mean your not all super-geniuses that have the parts numbers memorized?



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Default Re: Western Auto Stores Wizard 18 4 cycle

That's a Murray lawnmower powered by a Briggs engine.
Very simple and easy to work on.
Points under flywheel probably need cleaning and adjusting.
Foam filter will be deteriorated and need replacing.
Carb diaphragm probably needs replacing.
All parts still available. I rebuilt one last month.

Here is a similar one I use to cut lawn sold by Kmart mid 1970- mid 80's.
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Is the flyweel heavy enough to allow running the engine without the blade?
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Your engine is an 82502-0811-02, which is a 3.5hp with pulsa-jet carb, manufactured in October 1973. It will have a lightweight aluminum flywheel and will require the inertia of a heavy rotary blade to run. You may get it to start, but will probably need the blade to keep running.
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OK thanks, if the flywheel is aluminum, I won't risk starting it without the blade lest it kicks back.
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That will be a good project. Money wise not worth to much, but it will help you learn the basic's of small engine repair and once finished, well you can actually use the machine around the house during the summer.
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Your engine is an 82502-0811-02, which is a 3.5hp with pulsa-jet carb, manufactured in October 1973.
Hey, I got some manuals out the library today, it said the numbers break down as:

08 - cubic inch displacement
2 - basic design series
5 - vertical shaft w/ vacu-jet
0 - plain bearing
2 - rewind starter

is it correct about the carburetor, or is there not any real difference between the two?

Sorry for the questions, my first small gas engine, more used to diesel, lot easier to manage.

PS 8 ci = 132 cc on a lawnmower that's big enough for a moped! Now can I figure out a way to drive one from a vertical shaft, or will I need to convert it to horizotal? (ub66 I already have two yard mowers )
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