NOS Sensation Mower.

May
14

It would be unfair to call this a "restoration". This is as close to a brand new NOS original Sensation Lawnmower you're going to find. The Deck is fully original and refurbished, The wheels are brand new NOS Sensation wheels, The motor is built from brand new NOS original Briggs & Stratton parts in full Sensation specs. It's featured in the NOS 4HP build-up. Hear it run.

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Sensation Build-ups

May
01

Here's a sample of a few mowers I built throughout the years.

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Paint

Apr
12

Fortunately Sensation has only a few colors that need to be matched in order to maintain or restore your machines. Most of the colors can be very closely matched with off the shelf rattle cans. I will post/list what I have come across through much trial and error over the years to keep my mowers new looking. Just click the title link. One main concern is obviously engine heat but it turns out it's not much of an issue as it seems.

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Project corner *update*

Mar
31

UPDATE * (Putting the finishing touches on a restored deck that's going to run the NOS 4hp build-up motor. Also I'm working on a custom cam that I added 0.010" lift to both lobes that I'm going to put into another 4hp motor destined for the green side discharge mower. Stay tuned.) Here's a glimpse of what's going on in the shop now. Just refurbishing a deck to put my 4HP NOS block on and also scored a real neat side discharge mower. Was front wheel self propelled at one time.

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Sensation wine

Mar
31

Having a little fun with the logo. Yearly blends of Sensation wine.

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Copper head gasket trial

Dec
07

Ever notice how thick the head gaskets are on Briggs and Stratton engines? I decided to fabricate a head gasket out of 0.020" thick copper using the old head gaskets as a template. In order to keep the edges of the copper gasket clean and smooth I kept it sandwiched between two pieces of thin wood and used a drill press to drill the bolt holes. I also annealed the copper before use. Measurements were taken before and after with a compression gauge with a fully warm motor.

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Winter teardown

Dec
07

I decided to use the winter time to tear down and inspect my 3.5hp workhorse motor. This will be just a basic teardown, clean and inspect and reassemble. It runs great but has been hard to start lately. I built it 3 years ago and have run it hard for 3 years with just routine maintenance. The motor has served as the platform for any innovations I came up with to extract the most power out of it. As mentioned before it outperforms the 4hp and most 5hp motors.

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4hp NOS build-up (follow along series)

Oct
26

Here's from a box of parts I've recently been collecting to do the ever requested engine build-up. I will be doing this in steps as time permits. Currently you're looking at a 4hp period correct shortblock that was completely disassembled, thoroughly cleaned, and all metal on metal parts deglazed with 1000 grit sand paper and degreased, and regreased with WD-40. Unfortunately I started the carb-tank assembly before the website started.

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Post your workhorses

Oct
12

Let's see your non-project workhorses. The mowers you use and abuse. The starts-every-time mow the lawn quick mower. Mine features a 21" classic style 3.5hp motor fixed handle. It started out as a roadside garage sale find. Was beat up but ran, used it for one season before I decided a rebuild. I rebuilt it and noticed the motor wasn't that great. Used it one more season and when it became hard to start I bought a NOS shortblock.

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The Green Machine

Oct
02

Rare 14" cemetery mower ready for duty. I'm hoping to upload Rocco's Green Machine images and then display them in a gallery.

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