I hope everyone had a good Christmas with lot's of good memories and a joyous holiday season.
I haven't been on the site for a couple months--- new project at work, wife needed major surgery, the Holidays descended on us and life in general just got in the way.
However, during this time I managed to get a good crank installed in my K341 Kohler, along with new piston, rings, con rod, etc. The crank pin was about .001" under standard, but smooth. The machinist polished the pin, and "fit" the rod to it, then reassembled everything, including the counterweights (he had a few choice words to say about them, LOL).
Now I'm ready to put the engine back in the tractor, but discovered a major problem while working on it.
This is the tractor that I bought in Idaho with the broken con rod... seems the PO or PPO also did a little free lance work on the front end with a cut-off grinder... in the process he managed to put two very deep cuts into the lower flange of the axle beam. They are almost at right angles to the length of the axle on the left side.
I could have choked him if I could lay hands on him... but, seeing as that option isn't open to me, I now need to find a way to either repair the axle or replace it. I want to put a FEL on this tractor and am worried the axle will break if I leave it as is.
The tractor I'm repairing is an LGT 165 09JC3336 ser no. 9611 (closed-sided model). I have a couple open-sided LGT tractors that I was planning to use as parts donors. I don't know their serial number as I can't find the tag for them. Does anyone know if the front axle off one of them will fit on my closed-sided LGT 165?
Thanks in advance,