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#1 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 07:43 PM

Although this is a 44" Craftsman deck, the basics apply across brands, (Mods, I'll let you decide where this thread is best). This deck was orginally restored 2009, and has been the main cutter of 2-1/2 Texas acres for the last three years. Last year 2011, I pulled the deck, power washed and sharpened the blades. This winter I plan to go a little futher than the basics. So far I pulled the deck, and removed all the parts. (Liberal use of PB Blast) and all bolts came off just fine with an air-wratchet, except the blade bolts, Air-impact on #2 setting took care of those. The mandrills spin free (sealed units), except for one that had a "bump" feel when spun slow.... May order a spare just in case, other wise they are tight. Couple of the idler pullies have a dry sound. I'll try and re-grease, but may replace. Blades are still straight and just need sharpined. Belts still look good. Now for the deck.

Cleaned, scraped, Simple Green, repeat. Looks like all the top needs is re-sanded with #600 grit, and a new coat of paint. Under side will get sanded with what I have on hand, and a new coat of paint.

The only blemish on this 23 year old deck are a few rust poc marks.

Need to pick up some sand paper and paint this week.

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Posted November 25, 2012 - 08:08 PM

I do plan on pulling the engine (may replace the oil pan gasket). Flip the front axle around and replace the center bushing. Check all the other steering components, add 00 Grease to the transaxle, and power wash the frame. This should make for another three years od reliable service.



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Posted November 25, 2012 - 08:20 PM

Nice looking refurb. It should be good for another 23 years with the care you're giving it.
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Posted November 26, 2012 - 06:51 AM

The deck looks to be in very good condition. Once I get the GT 18 done, I have to go through the deck for it, I'll be watching your progress.

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 07:22 AM

Nice work you are doing looks great. Thanks for sharing with pictures

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Posted November 26, 2012 - 08:58 PM

Spent a little time on it tonight. hand sanded under neath with some left over 150 grit, and rinced and wiped dry. Had a couple cans of left over black which gave me 4 coats. Still need to pick up some 400-600 and more black for the top.

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Posted November 27, 2012 - 07:00 PM

Wanna do mine? Looks great from Tulsa!

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Posted November 27, 2012 - 07:40 PM

For the lack of a"real" winter project prompted this. In reality the deck, heck the whole mower is still in 90% mint condition and could have went a couple more years before "needing" a refresh. Oh well, I am this far into it. Here are a couple shots from Sept this year where I took all three for display.

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Posted December 01, 2012 - 07:36 PM

Finished the big part, the deck. Working on the pullies, re greased one, and found a replacement for the other "dry sounding one". Still need to clean and repaint all the brackets and bolts. Maybe tomorrow. Dry sanded with 240#, then wet sanded with 400#.

Not sure if I want to re fresh the paint on RED. Well I have all winter to decide. I'll finish the deck first, then pull the engine. I still need to check the steering bushings and add 00 Grease to the tranny.

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 06:48 AM

Looking good, Larry! On Red, maybe just wet sand a bit and add a clear coat?

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 01:38 PM

Such a nice day, spent the morning cleaning the rest of the parts and sharpining the blades. Most of this done out side, shorts and sandles. Amased at how much paint was left on the blades.

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 03:25 PM

While waiting on the shiney parts to dry, I took a look at pulling the engine. Not sure if this is normal seepage, or should I plan to replace the Gaskets and lower seal?

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 06:34 PM

This finishes the Deck restore, other than putting it back together. I will need to pick up a piece of flat stock to fabricrate a new skid. I will be starting a new thread as I have decided to refresh the whole tractor over the winter.

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 06:56 PM

You have some kind of a leak, Larry. Can't tell where from, though!

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Posted December 02, 2012 - 08:23 PM

Kenny, it looks like it is comming from the oil pan gasket, I'll change the bottom seal also. The engine is a B/S 42A707 1238 01 18.5 HP Vert. Yes this is a repower back in 2009. And I do keep the steering sector lubed, this is one of this model weak links. I hope to get it back to the 2009 look.

Here is Red after the 2009 restore.

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