Push Mower Replacement Parts?

I have an old push mower that I purchased new in 1984. I've always taken good care of it and it works just fine for the job I need it for. It's the standard Briggs & Stratton pull start, gas engine. A year ago I cracked plastic cover of the gas throttle on the handle (duck tape to the rescue). This year when I started up my old friend for the first time I noticed the metal piece that regulates the flow of gas to the engine wasn't moving as well as it should (this is the metal pieces that moves back and forth when you move the gas handle throttle. The two are connected by a wire that runs the full length from the hand throttle, down the handle, then connects to the metal piece that regulates the flow of gas to the engine). A little WD-40 worked at first, but now the wire that connects the handle throttle to the gas regulator has broke loose from the gas regulator. Now I have to reach down and move the gas regulator by hand which is a pain in the bum, especially when you have to have the regulator just right to start the thing. There's nothing wrong with the mower, and I hate to spend $100+ to replace it (and I'm not going to pay Billy-Bob $75 just to look at it), considering that I use it to keep the weeds cut back on a hill at the back of the property. The job is not so bad, the blade just keeps the dirt on the hill stirred up and me and the mower come way covered in dust, therefore, I don't want to use my good equipment. I'm trying to replace the whole fuel feed assembly (throttle handle piece, long wire to that connects to the fuel regulator, and the movable metal pieces that control gas flow (noticed yesterday there's another piece of flat metal and a couple of springs also. Probably alot more I can't see). The biggest problem I'm having is finding a parts manual online. You'd think all gas powered engines are the same . . . Wrong! Seems as if Briggs & Stratton has 100's of models out there. First, this can't be rocket science. Does anyone know if the parts I've described come in a kit or does someone know the proper name for these parts. I understand I need to get my engine model number first, but has anyone ever run into a site that has mower schematics for printing (that would really answer alot of questions)? There's also a ton of videos on line of how to fix a gas powered push mower, but you have to find the right parts first. Thanks for any help you can offer. Live and learn I always say.

Asked By: kevin07kelly - 7/19/2010
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The cable got dirt and moisture in the sheath, causing it to stick then break. The cable is not sold by Briggs and Stratton but rather the maker of the mower. Take the cable yourself to a repair shop or look up the mower manufacturer on line (not B&S on line). Chances are that the local mower shop will be able to... More
Answered By: plastic - 7/19/2010
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I'm sure that most mowers can be easily converted to use modern (or nearly modern) part to do what you need to do. If you track down to the local small engine shop where they normally have a few trash mowers, you can find something to control the throttle from the handlebar. I have done this many times, using the most... More
Answered By: tonybradburyuk - 7/19/2010
Any lawnmower repair place has a junkyard usually in back and let people get parts off them might give ita shot. I would need the name of lawnmower yarsman pr craftsman date you got it year anyway. size engine and maybe I can find out something. Like you said tons out there. So going have to have more specs. maybe a... More
Answered By: wpanther30 - 7/19/2010
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