It has been a while since I posted what I've been up to. With graduation, 2 vacations and finding a "real" job, I haven't had much time to tinker in the garage.
I started out the summer fixing and then being offered a price I couldn't refuse on my 6430 and I also found new homes for my 6259, 8481, and 10400. I also built a 10545 (minus the electric start) from gold series parts I had lying around. Fast forward to early July and I blew up the 3 speed in my 22261 and was fighting sheared drive keys on my 10520. Add to that a dead coil in my 10545 left me with just my C21ZPN. After a week I realized for the hills I deal with I needed self propelled. What I found was a toro proline 22177. It is rough and has clearly lived a hard life but a new throttle cable and some other parts has it running like a dream. It cuts nice but I'm not a huge fan of the one bar bail and it is very heavy. It remains to be seen whether I keep it or sell it off.
More recently, I picked up a 10600 and S21ZSN for a very good price. I started tearing into the 10600 earlier this week and discovered that the engine has been replaced at least once in its life. The new powerplant is off a capstan drive model and when I took the Walbro off it I was disappointed to see that the reed plate does not have a pulse hole. I was debating on just throwing one of my spare F series' on it, but the current engine has 110 cold PSI of compression (according to my early 60s Snap-On gauge) and the crosshatching is still present in the cylinder bore. I think I'll probably drill a pulse hole and re-seal the current engine rather than swapping it as the deck is heavily pitted and has a few chips taken out of it. I will have to keep my eyes open for a replacement.
All the S21 needed was a coil (which I have plenty of spares) and a carb cleaning. Although, it surges wildly and sounds like a dirt bike (due to the rusted out muffler). however the drive works flawlessly and even though the original powder coat is in terrible condition, it cleaned up nicely. It may stick around, but more than likely I'll sell it off as I don't really have much of a use for it.