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Posted July 29, 2012 - 08:06 PM

Sweet!!!!!!!!! Hook it up and mow!!!!!!! :dancingbanana:

Or not....

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 09:10 PM

Boy, that looks better than factory fresh. Nice work.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 09:13 PM

That looks great, Doc!

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 09:57 PM

WOW!!! Super nice! I wish my deck came out HALF as nice as yours!!! :worshippy1:

Where did you get your decals from, may I inquire? And how did you get a decal with the model number printed on it like OEM? Every decal set I have seen shows the model and serial number areas blacked out with nothing printed on them. That is quite nice to have at least the model number printed on it. Makes it look more complete, even if it doesn't have the original serial number on it as well...

Can't wait to see it installed on a (I'd assume fully restored?) Estate Keeper!!



(EDIT - Haha, I just noticed too, I see I'm not the ONLY one who is missing bolts to mount the belt cover on my deck! Did some of your holes get messed up as well from rusted-in bolts, etc. or you just haven't installed them all yet? I can't get new bolts to screw into about 4 bolt holes in my deck since the old bolts rusted in and snapped off when trying to remove them. :wallbanging: I tried to drill them out, but I just can't seem to get new bolts to thread in right no matter what I do. I don't have a tap and die set to remake the threads though.)

Edited by MailmAn, July 29, 2012 - 10:04 PM.


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Posted July 29, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Great job Doc!!!!

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 06:58 AM

WOW!!! Super nice! I wish my deck came out HALF as nice as yours!!! :worshippy1:

Where did you get your decals from, may I inquire? And how did you get a decal with the model number printed on it like OEM? Every decal set I have seen shows the model and serial number areas blacked out with nothing printed on them. That is quite nice to have at least the model number printed on it. Makes it look more complete, even if it doesn't have the original serial number on it as well...

Can't wait to see it installed on a (I'd assume fully restored?) Estate Keeper!!

I had the ID tag custom made I would have had the serial number put on as well but the old decal was too worn to read so I had to leave it blank :( I had to pay a bit extra to get custom decals but is was worth it.

(EDIT - Haha, I just noticed too, I see I'm not the ONLY one who is missing bolts to mount the belt cover on my deck! Did some of your holes get messed up as well from rusted-in bolts, etc. or you just haven't installed them all yet? I can't get new bolts to screw into about 4 bolt holes in my deck since the old bolts rusted in and snapped off when trying to remove them. :wallbanging: I tried to drill them out, but I just can't seem to get new bolts to thread in right no matter what I do. I don't have a tap and die set to remake the threads though.)


Yeah a couple holes had the bolts broken off. What I do is I drill out the old bolts then thread the bolt in and secure with a nut and lock washer on the bottom. In this pic I didnt add all the bolts. I usually stagger the bolts (every other hole)as I dont think you really need to have 20 bolts holding on a deck cover :D

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 07:58 AM

I dont think you really need to have 20 bolts holding on a deck cover :D


:( :( 'Ya need all 20 if you want it to look original !! :laughingteeth: Maybe if you put all the bolts in, you could sell it as NOS for $10K! :smilewink:

GREAT job on the deck, Brian! :thumbs:
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Posted July 30, 2012 - 08:28 AM

:( :( 'Ya need all 20 if you want it to look original !! :laughingteeth: Maybe if you put all the bolts in, you could sell it as NOS for $10K! :smilewink:

GREAT job on the deck, Brian! :thumbs:


:bigrofl: :bigrofl: I'm with bruce on that one. I would think i was looking at a NOS deck if i had not read the thread. You did a fantastic job on that :smiley-score010:
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Posted July 30, 2012 - 08:47 AM

:( :( 'Ya need all 20 if you want it to look original !! :laughingteeth: Maybe if you put all the bolts in, you could sell it as NOS for $10K! :smilewink:

GREAT job on the deck, Brian! :thumbs:

I'll probably end up putting the rest of the bolts in as it will probably be bothering me every time I walk by :D

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 10:16 AM

I had the ID tag custom made. I had to pay a bit extra to get custom decals but is was worth it.


So, where did you get it custom made then? Locally or one of several places online that sell decals?

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 10:24 AM

So, where did you get it custom made then? Locally or one of several places online that sell decals?

I got it from the same place I got my Green brier decals (Click it and stick it)
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Posted July 30, 2012 - 11:08 AM

I didn't know if he could/would do custom decals like that though. Good to know!

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Posted July 30, 2012 - 12:33 PM

Very nice! Is it on yet?!




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