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'49 Eclipse Rocket Find

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Old 08-26-2017, 12:57:35 AM
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Default '49 Eclipse Rocket Find

One of my friends dad is an auctioneer and people bring him all sorts of oddities and treasures. My friend called me earlier this week saying his dad had an old reel mower and it was mine if I wanted it. $30 and the following morning later, I now own a '49 Eclipse Rocket (Model 1104) with a Briggs WI engine. The engine has great compression, but no spark so I'll be tearing into that this week. The reel is stiff (rusty) and the left wheel is stuck in drive gear. The whole mower has an even coat of grime and surface rust, so it shouldn't be too difficult to clean up this winter. I have everything soaking in penetrating oil right now to get it moving freely.

This is my fourth gas reel mower, but the first with a bad wheel. Where is a good place to find a tire for it? The ones on it say Goodyear and ebay hasn't turned up much yet. I'll post a few pictures of it tomorrow evening.
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