How to Find Vintage Briggs & Stratton Engine Parts

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Finding vintage parts for your Briggs & Stratton engine becomes easier and yet more difficult every year. Easier because the Internet becomes more widely used and your chance of finding vintage parts increases. More difficult because the number of engines available to provide parts decreases.

Whether you need parts for a small lawnmower engine or a larger generator, know exactly what you need and be prepared to do a little digging. With creativity, patience and a willingness to ask questions, you'll find what you need in the condition you require, maybe from an unexpected source.

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    Know your engine model and parts number. While many sources for engine parts will be able to tell what you need by sight, be prepared with details. Consider taking the part or engine, if it's small enough, with you when shopping for parts.

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    Check with your local Briggs & Stratton dealer. If it has been in business for some time, it may have vintage parts in a warehouse or storeroom.

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    Talk to local engine repair companies. If they've worked on or replaced Briggs & Stratton engines, they may have old parts they'd be willing to sell.

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    Make calls to your local scrap or auto salvage yards and ask whether they have any Briggs & Stratton engines available for parts. Most scrap dealers know exactly what parts they have on hand and many have automated their inventory listings. They should be able to answer your query quickly. If they don't have your part on hand, they may be willing to contact other scrap and salvage yards in their network to find the part for you.

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    Check your local newspapers for upcoming auctions, estate sales or garage sales. Lawnmowers, garden equipment and generators are often sold intact for vastly reduced prices. Barns or garden sheds may be cleaned out during these sales. Check display tables for vintage parts.

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    Examine local classified ads in the newspaper or free advertising papers. Most contain sections listing lawn and garden equipment and you may find vintage Briggs & Stratton equipment for sale.

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    Contact local pawnshops to ask whether they have any Briggs & Stratton equipment available for sale. Most will not sell the engine separately; be prepared to decide whether the investment in a full piece of equipment will be worth obtaining the vintage part you need.

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    Talk to the people who run your local auto parts shops and agricultural stores. They probably won't have the part you need in stock, but they may be aware of vintage parts and equipment available for sale.

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    Search Briggs & Stratton on the Internet for vintage engine parts (see Reference 1). Its web site requires that you know your engine part number, but offers advice to help you find it and identify your engine model.

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    Check with Sears PartsDirect (see Reference 2). The Briggs & Stratton website notes that if your product has a Briggs & Stratton engine, Sears PartsDirect sells parts for it.

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    Search Internet parts web sites such as Parts Tree or Parts From The Past. These sites allow you to search by engine model or part number, or by engine series.

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    Check pawnshop Internet sites for listings of equipment available in stores. Many sites offer e-mail addresses so you can ask questions about the exact part you need.

  5. 5

    Search eBay for auctions listing vintage Briggs & Stratton engines and parts.

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