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Its nothing challenging. Just bolt it to the housing of the blower and then put the muffler and carb back on. The question comes is it worth fixing a 8 yr old blower for $215 when something else will go wrong vs buying a new one for $499 with a 2 year warranty. I know I cant buy this blower for less then $275 used. So the way I see it $215 for the blower with a new engine is a win win. I'm thinking the cheapest way possible and a little sentimental. For all I know I could need a carb in the spring and now I spent damn near $300 on a blower that looks like crap.
I will check the bearing inside though. If the bearing is not needed I can fix it for half the cost but it would be more labor since I would have to assemble the piston and rings in the block vs getting the short block that is completely assembled.
Found a little clip that held the piston in. The piston is shot, the cylinder doesnt look to bad. I cant get to the bearing to check that. Gonna have to assume its good because if I cant get to it, I know the shop didnt.
If you can afford it, I would buy new and toss this one. The piston obviously got very hot and I'm sure your going to have cylinder wall damage and bearing damage. Even if you buy a new piston, etc. it will probably only be good for a short time. thats my take on it. Good luck!