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Briggs and stratton "A" price Q


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Default Briggs and stratton "A" price Q

So what would an A with good compression but not running missing the starting crank be worth? Is there a "Blue Book" for old engines?
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Default Re: Briggs and stratton "A" price Q

Iíve got a couple like you describe. Early models brass tags. Pre FloJet. Last time I went to Portland I had them marked $40 for the rough one with no tank. $60 for the better one with a dented tank.
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At the moment I'm trying to figure whats worth what but I'll keep you in mind.
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Default Re: Briggs and stratton "A" price Q

Need more information to give an accurate price there are a lot of variations in the A series. Assuming itís a plain A in good shape but with no unusual features probably $40 for one with the flow jet carb, $75 if it has the early carb.
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What does the early carb look like?
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Default Re: Briggs and stratton "A" price Q

I forgot to take a picture of one when I was at my shop today, but here is the page from the IPL for the 5-digit type Model A.
5-digit type will have this carb and a brass tag attached to the blower housing and a cast iron gas tank bracket.

6-digit type will have a Flo Jet carb and an aluminum tag riveted to the tin cylinder air shroud and a stamped gas tank bracket.

Here are pictures of the 5-digit type carbs. One is a B&S carb and the other is a Tillotson as noted in the IPL
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"IPL"?
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Here is a pic of the carb and whats left of the exhaust. While we are looking does the A have a threaded exhaust port?
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Yes. It has pipe threads - 3/4 NPT, I believe.
Looking at your picture, it will probably be a challenge to get whatís left out. A common method is to grind or cut lengthwise inside the pipe stub just until you see the threads showing. A Dremel or die grinder with a small diameter stone or a carbide rotary file works well. You can also use a hacksaw blade, but takes more time and effort. Once you get it down to the threads you should be able to collapse the pipe with a pair of Channelocks pliers and remove it.
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Where did you find the IPL?
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Default Re: Briggs and stratton "A" price Q

Well, most recently, in my file cabinet.....
Seriously, I probably got it through Ebay. Many years ago. Fortunately I have both the 5 and 6 digit Type IPLs in my archives.
I regularly looked for relevant manuals and IPLs for the engines that I have. Still do, but not as much anymore.
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One more thing I'll need to look for.
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Default Re: Briggs and stratton "A" price Q

This thread spurred me to go look at my 5 digit A with Tillotson carb. Now I know some more about it. Thanks pigpen!
Shoot, I'm just gonna ask. John, would you be willing to share all of that parts book?
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Default Re: Briggs and stratton "A" price Q

I went to Google and typed in "antique briggs and Stratton manual" and came up with this


https://www.briggsandstratton.com/na...fications.html
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I have not had a working scanner in some time. Not true. My old scanner probably still works, but it won't communicate with the new computer. 16 bit vs 32 bit, or something like that. Guess I should break down and buy a new one...
Best I can do these days is take a picture with my phone. Would like to learn how to make a PDF for this stuff to be able to share easily.
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