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#31 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted December 13, 2012 - 08:04 PM

:mad2: Needed to remove the valve springs to change the intake seals, and to pull the cam so I can replace the governer seal. Exaust spring fully compressed on the valve spring compressor, and was loosining the compressor up on the bench and ............................. wait for it, wait for it.......................... and sprong, ping ping ping :wallbanging: oh where oh where did the exaust spring go :(

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Posted December 13, 2012 - 08:43 PM

Been there, I feel your pain...
http://gardentractor...page__hl__waldo
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Posted December 13, 2012 - 09:09 PM

Well, after getting the spot light out and crawing around on the floor looking under things, then behind things, in things, I decided to go back to where it happened. I looked at the compressor and decided the spring would have either went left (shelving) or right (mini fridge) Well, on the shelving there was a piece of sand paper curled (like they usually do, and the spring was under it :dancingbanana:
Only took 2 hours to find. I really need to clean the shop. :smilewink:

Back to the restore.
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Posted December 13, 2012 - 09:16 PM

Cam pulled, and intake valve seals in place. I'm stopping here as I lost 2 hours looking for a spring. I'll replace the govenor seal tomorrow. Tonight's pictures.

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Edited by larrybl, December 13, 2012 - 09:18 PM.


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Posted December 14, 2012 - 05:14 AM

Glad you found 'Waldo, the spring'. Those suckers can really go places.

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Posted December 15, 2012 - 07:17 PM

Still waiting on the oil slinger, Was nice today 79 deg, so I got some done.
Deck parts came in, Runner, Guard, and Pully. Deck is 100% complete.
Rebuilt the starter drive and refreshed the paint.
Cleaned all the remaining engine parts.

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Posted December 15, 2012 - 08:17 PM

By Golly, that's pretty. Better than new.
Nice work, very nice. :thumbs:
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Posted December 15, 2012 - 09:15 PM

Nice job Larry

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Posted December 15, 2012 - 10:48 PM

That deck looks to good to use! LOL Great job!
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Posted December 15, 2012 - 11:08 PM

Yea, I know.... Engine too, and eventually the whole machine. But come March or April I will pull RED out of the shop, all shiney and new. Fill the tank, put on the work tunes and proceed to cut 3 acres for the next 4 hours, weekly. At least I know I won't have to purchase a "new" GT to get the grass cut for several years to come, and BMP and Hulk II can rest assured that they won't be called to duty any time soon. Besides, beleave it or not, I enjoy this. Yea I have the bug. :wave:

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Posted December 16, 2012 - 06:36 PM

Sunday progress, Some painting, and while looking through the other shed I found a complete steering box (yaa) I'll rebuild this one and just swap them out once I get to the frame re-do.

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Posted December 16, 2012 - 06:40 PM

Boy, for the sheet metal to look so close, there is a bunch of differences in these tractors (yours vs GT18). I have a large chunk of Styrofoam I put my bolts in to paint.
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Posted December 16, 2012 - 06:53 PM

Thanks Kenny, the postal shipping boxes are free and work well. and yes there are major differences between the 2000 Craftsman and 1998 Craftsman II. There will be a re-do in a couple years for this one too.

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Posted December 16, 2012 - 07:00 PM

Guess there wasn't much change from the mid 80's to end of the ninety's. Probably only vendor parts.
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Posted December 16, 2012 - 07:25 PM

Red = 917.254450
18 hp Vertical Twin
44" Deck with tensioners mounted on the deck
6 Speed Perliss keyed shaft transaxle
Steering Sector on top of the frame
Front Tires 15 X 6.00 X 6
Rear tires 23 X 9.50 X 12 Turf

Hulk II - 917.255919
18 hp Horozontal Twin
44" deck with a Muel Drive
3 speed Hi/Lo 5 lug transaxle.
Steering sector under the frame
Front Tires 16 X 8.50 X 8
Rear tires 23 X 10.50 X 12 Tru Power

PTO, Electrical (some engine parts) are the only interchangable items.




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