Lawn Boy fan new to the forum. I have 3 old 2 stroke boys. One is a '76 model 5244 19" cut. Another '76 model 7226 21" cut with the side bagger. And I have a '87 model 8243 21" self-propelled.
I've had the 5244 a few years and completely took apart, cleaned, and re-painted back in the winter. Just waiting on a few parts to come in to finish it up.
I junk picked the 7226 and 8243 last week. After cleaning the tank, carb and making a few adjustments, I mowed the yard with it without any problems. As for the 8243, I have a carb ordered for it, and hopefully it'll run again. It does have spark, and the transmission is all there and seems like it'll work fine. I'll try to upload some pics if I can figure out how.