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Anybody remember wind up starters?

Tuned and cranked up the old push mower ('83), it started right up and I was mowing around the barn and hit a rock. Long story short, I'm pretty sure I pretty much sheared the flywheel key. It ran sorta rough and died. Good compression, but tries to kick back. Yep, that's the key.

Anyway, I downloaded the Briggs (92502) parts manual as I'd never bothered to do that. While thumbing through it, I noticed that this is one of the mowers that had an optional "wind up" starter, anyone remember them? You unfolded a crank on top and wound up a spring and then turned a knob to let the spring then spin the engine. Haven't seen or even thought about one of those for a lot of years.

Happy Easter!


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