Member "camelot35" sugested I take a look at the output shaft on the trans.
Sure enough...cracked just like said it might be.
Picked up this Briggs 18HP I/C twin today, the original engine was a Briggs 16HP twin.
This is a little more power, but has the same foot print as the old 16.
Any suggestions on how to straighten out the hood?
It's buckled in pretty good & should be flat across on the top.
The metals to springy at the crease to force it out...thinking I should heat it lightly with a torch & try to work it out that way?
I'm no body man.
More up dates to follow.