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Briggs WMB starter pulley question


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Old 08-12-2006, 12:17:53 AM
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A lady at church gave me an old Briggs Stratton WMB engine that has been in her garage for the last 15 - 20 years. I started cleaning it up and I took apart the "starter pulley" (with 4 balls) and when reassembling it the washer that holds the balls in the pulley is loose allowing the ball to fall out. What keeps the washer tight against the pulley. Was there suppose to be a snap ring holding the washer? I've thought of using J-B Weld in 4 or 5 spots around the washer. What do you think? Does anyone have a parts breakdown?
What year was the engine made? I don't plan on selling it but would like to know what it's worth.

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Old 08-12-2006, 01:49:46 AM
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Your engine's serial number indicates it was made in August, 1940.
The WMB was in production from 1938 through 1957 with nearly 1-1/4 million of them made. There are still a lot of them around and a good number are still running.
Yes - I believe there is supposed to be a retaining ring that holds the cover on the starter clutch and keeps the balls inside.
I have reprints of the owners manual available. E-mail me if interested.
Value is a tricky subject. A beautifully restored one can go for well over $100. A 'Barn Fresh' version will generally bring far less.
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Normally there is a screen over the "washer" held on with 2-4 screws.The screen keeps debris from getting into the motor.You may want to just look at another briggs of a newer vintage, like in the neighbors garage.Also before you get it screwed on make sure the shaft os smooth and a drop or 2 of oil on the shaft, there should be a small hole in the end of the starter, with a felt wick to hold oil.hope this helps....
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Default Re: Briggs WMB starter pulley question

Grub,
The WMB uses a kick-starter on the PTO side unstead of the flywheel side.
The clutch works the same way as those used on rope start models you are thinking of but since it's on the PTO side it has a pulley as part of the fixed portion of the clutch.
There may be a screen to keep debris out of the cooling fins on the flywheel but it would be tack welded to the sheet metal housing.

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They were used on Sears washing machines and had a kick starter something like The Maytags. Hence the W M B W ashing M achine B riggs Joe Morris
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Ah yes,I wasn't thinking about the kickstart...I guess it's to early in the day, just woke up and i check the site almost everyday. I'll be more carefull about replies from now on...
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Default Re: Briggs WMB starter pulley question

Joe,
The "B" of WMB was added to indicate the change from the original Model WM.
You are correct about the Washing Machine part.
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