33 thoughts on “1966 Briggs and Stratton – Original Wind up starter – First start

  1. I remember when those mowers were new. It was a lot of fun to wind it up for a kid in single digits of age. Plus, nobody had to remember where the pull cord had been left. The mower we had before the wind-up start had a pull cord that was not attached, and a fully exposed pulley. Put the knot in the slot, win it up and pull. Repeat, repeat, repeat…

  2. My parents had the same lawnmower engine start as this mower in the late 60’s. I used to ride up and down the street behind with my skateboard. The mower had a direct drive to the rear wheels.

  3. you must not be living in California or the neighbors would have had you arrested already 😉

  4. After seeing it I'm pretty much a hater of the Hayter, engine is in backwards, output shoot comes straight out the back, so it has to have a bag, or fills your shoes. Got mine in 1961 or so, thought it was cool, but soon put it in the barn and went back to my old self propelled reel mower to do the three and a half acres.

  5. My parents bought a Sears Craftsman small riding mower about the same time that also had a wind up starter.  I used that mower many times.

  6. Get the blade balanced and add new chassis bolts. Has the dog shudders as it winds up. Very important to have those in tune, especially on a older mower you might want to save,,or any mower for that matter. Remember dad cussing one of those wind -up's. Had a Montgomery Ward's store sticker on it,,but the same thing. Back when I was very young he sprayed the thing down with something in a spray can,, wound it up and hit the starter lever,,, popped the spark plug across the garage,,along with a huge fireball behind it. My new friend had introduced itself to me. His local name was starting fluid because he hated his real name. learned some new cuss words that day.

  7. I pushed one of these in 1970 at age 8. I remember like a kid that I thought it would be the most fun ever. The yard was 2.5 acres so the fun part was over pretty quick. It was not long before my folks had to threaten the lash to get me motivated. The end of the story is that 2.5 acres killed that old thing. My pops brought home a brand new Sears self propelled mower. 2.5 acres killed that one too in about another year or two. See, the thing is, my old man is the least mechanical guy on Earth. I still laugh when I think back at how that blade never got sharpened, ever and changing the oil was an idea my mom came up with. She was the type to read an owners manual on that new expensive Sears mower that came home in her red Ford LTD stationwagon with the simulated wood paneling on the side.

  8. I have a 70's 2 stroke 139cc Victa with a crank handle like that. To me, that brings back my first memories of lawnmowers and when I decided to collect or restore, maybe hoard them, I had to have one. Mine needs a carburetor but I'm positive it will run. I've got spark and compression so it should run. I remember back in the early 80's mowing the lawn didn't always happen, because our Victa Cortina wouldn't always start, until later when Nan bought a Scott Bonnar with a Briggs pull start motor. We had that mower over 20 years and was running when I sold it to a friend. I now own a current key start 2 stroke Victa, plus a new electric mower, but once my wind up mower is running, that will be my main mower.

  9. if the rod knock is only very slight. using slightly thicker viscocity oil (just a LITTLE not a heaping big difference) will reduce it enough that it should last plenty long enough for a few yard mows before you need to worry about it.
    Make sure you have enough oil to begin with.
    if its low on oil that can also be a cause of the slight rod knocking sound.
    oil is needed for cooling and lubrication at the same time.
    also make sure the oil is not TOO thick
    if its MUCH too thick it will just sit at the bottom of the crankcase and not fling onto the piston rod and other internals. causing them to degrade more. also causing excess friction and stress on the parts.
    so you need a good balance. slightly thicker oil is better than too thin of oil.
    too thin and it won't lubricate good enough (the oil just slides away like water and theres not enough of a film of oil covering the components.

  10. The wind up starters were designed to make starting easier, but the wind up starters will wear your ass out on a cranky old "Kool Bore" engine like this with weak compression.
    This mower is a real time capsule. You'd hear those starter ratchets all over my neighborhood on Sunday afternoon in the 1960s growing up in my middle America, Wonder Bread neighborhood.
    Fun times. I've never seen a die cast (?) mower deck like that In America, though.

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