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The Elephant Returns

After a few hundred pulls of the starter rope and some newly-minted profanity, my trusty old trimmer would only belch out a few puffs of blue smoke before settling back into a late summer slumber. Unwilling to endure the embarrassment of facing the small-engine shop staff when they saw the results of several other buggered repair jobs, I took on the rebuild alone. Imagine my delight when I found that the ol’ Toro shares a key design feature with perhaps the most famous piece of automotive engineering to roll off the domestic assembly line—a hemispherical combustion chamber. Between referencing online parts fiche and figuring out why there were four post-assembly self-threading Torx-head screws left in the parts bin, I carefully “rebranded” my petite pachyderm to celebrate its common lineage with Mopar’s renowned hemi powerplants.

Posted by on August 30, 2008