Last night at 1030 I sent Stepha message that I was going to bed ( remember she is in VA). I watched a video. THen another - then it was 4am. Geesh.
SO this morning I got a call from Grady that he was coming to get his Exploder out of the yard at 12. I staggered around and made coffee and found some clothes and was actually outside before he got here.
One we had the tires on the POS aired up I hooked the Hemorrhoid up to it and dragged it around front. He had borrowed a truck from his neighbor and used my tow dolly to take it to where he was trading it in. Once he was gone I got to work on His tractor.
I thought it just needed bushings in the front end. When I pulled it apart I found this.
Fortunately for him I still have not taken the trailer of mower parts off to the scrap yard. So I went around and pulled the axle from the junker.
The sleeve that goes around the axle shaft was broken. The parts mower had a different one so I got out the wood burner that Steph has never used and did some plastic welding. It ain't pretty but it is in one piece.
While I was installing it I saw a cable hanging loose on the mower deck. I got to looking and figured out it is for the blade brake. That explains the burning smell when it was mowing. The one on the parts tractor is 2 inches too short.
Grady brought the dolly back and we talked a bit. Then I pulled a tarp over everything and called it a day.
After feeding all the animals and letting the dogs stretch their legs I was done.
A hot shower got most of the gunk off.
Steph's bank card came in so I activated it and paid all the bills. I am glad I don't have to run around with the checkbook tomorrow.