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Old 12-07-2007, 12:44:41 AM
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Anyone know what year Briggs changed out the 1/2" ball mufflers for the 89966 standard type tube muffler? Or the original 3/4" original tube muffler (assume FH or FI), For the Ball Muffler, and later the plain tube. I believe the tubes look great on the early Fs, and the Ball mufflers look great on everything later. Even look pretty sharp on an FH or FI. Just want to know for Restoration sake. Can be a bit cost prohibitive though. James
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Old 12-07-2007, 01:14:25 AM
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Can't help you with the years that the various types were used, but I do know that there is a guy selling brand new repro ball mufflers on eBay right now priced reasonably in 1/2 & 3/4 NPT. I am not the seller, but I have one that a friend gave me for some work I did for him. They look great.
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Old 12-07-2007, 01:30:41 AM
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Agreed, i've seen them on ebay as well. I have a ball on my '44 Briggs U/sears 500, and may put one on my N (if I keep it, may try for a lower serial). 8b - Nah... Too 50s, probably look better with the newer tube, just like my 6bs. Probably go with a ball on my FI & FHs, but earlier than that probably the old style tube. Guess its a matter of using the right muffler depending on the time the engine was built... Though a ball would look stylish on my '06 toro/briggs personal pace mower!

Just interested in the time frames Briggs used for various parts, etc... James

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Old 12-10-2007, 02:15:52 AM
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Do you intend to run your engine with this style muffler, or mount it for static display purposes only? I am asking this because I have bought reproduction and NOS mufflers for some of my engines, then thought better of using them for running displays. Instead, I have resorted to running the engine using the newer style and displaying it in static condition with the repro/NOS muffler. I could prep. & paint the mufflers with High Temp finishes, but that seems like alot of extra work for no really good reason. Also, a muffler that has been loosely mounted but never used still has resale value. I'd be interested in other's thoughts.
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Old 12-10-2007, 03:09:50 AM
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Don't know how to attach previous text. Inre: "high temp paints and worth the effort", have you ever considered having your mufflers aluminized or nickel plated? The finishes looks good and doesn't require constant upkeep.
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I have bought twenty 3/4 ball style mufflers from Mark and can say they are top quality and the price cant be beat. Well worth the money!

As far as I know the ball style was used on the cheaper engines later on. An M would have the long style and the T used the ball style as examples. I know they made the ball style in 3/4 up to the late 30's but used the 1/2 ball style until the late 40's I think. Application had something to do with it also.
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I have a 1948 WI with the ball muffler that seems to be original.
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Here is a picture of my WI:

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My 1934 Briggs&Stratton model-Y came with a BALL-MUFFLER... But my new engine a 1941 Briggs&Stratton model-WI came with a long muffler... Hope this helps,HIT AND MISS KID
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I know that Briggs had the Ball Mufflers up to at least 1942 as our U has one. All three of our 1941 WI have ball mufflers also.
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This one never come with one... The guy bought it new in 1941 and he said it was the original muffler and every thing...
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Do you have pics of her kid? Love to see the U. James
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Made this picture about to put the wi and y on soon...
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Here is a pic of our "U". And one of our 1941 WI's.



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My WI dosent have the breather on the right side.
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H&M Kid:
At some point Briggs moved the crankcase breather from the side shown in Mike's engine and put it in the valve box. There should be an opening in the cover on your engine to vent out the pressure. Can you post the serial number for your WI? You can find out the month & year it was made from that number.
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Shure no problem
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Here is another one of our 1941 WI's. This one was made in Dec. 1941. The other one was made in Jan. 1941. We have another one that has the breather on the outside and it was made in Apr. 1941. So sometime in 1941 they changed from an external breather to the internal breather.

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