Since the last post on the bent/squished snowblower, I put the frame/chassis back together, re-installed the engine,and had a friend sit on the chassis while I put a jack handle over the handlebar mounts and bent them back to where they ought to be.

This evening I set out to bend back the handlebars, which were pretty well mangled.

With judicious use of the vice, hammer, anvil, and carefully applied brute force, I somehow managed to get the bars straight again (or at least very close to it). They were twisted, bent, and all sorts of other bad ways to be.

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This enabled the handles and controls to be reconnected.

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This means the next step will be un-kinking the chute, which may be a bit tricky since it’s pretty springy. Then, after a general tune-up on the engine and replacing a broken shear pin, it should be good to go.