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Posted January 01, 2013 - 12:12 PM

Time to start work on the 68!  I picked this up at a plow day in October, mentioned to a "tractor friend" there, that I planned to go to an auction the next weekend to try to get a 56 RER for a project I had in mind.  He said he could do better, FREE!  He called somebody & made arrangements to pick up one at his local dealer after hours that afternoon.  When we got there, this 68 was setting out back ready to be loaded.

 

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Mower is in overall good condition, though the seat was shot, tires bad & steering wheel broken.  I brought it in the shop a couple months ago, but hadn't done much to it yet.  I had the carburetor rebuilt & acquired a used starter for it!  It now starts & runs, all gears work, just needs loosening up, cleaned & painted!  Also took the steering wheel off, epoxied the two broken spokes & run long screws through the bottom of the spokes into the hub.

 

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This morning, I used Bondo to finish filling the cracks & will paint it with semi-gloss black. Will start sanding the engine housing this afternoon.  Waiting on a new ignition switch before pulling the engine.

 

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Due to the condition, I've decided to restore it as close to original as possible.  Will be used for shows & as a backup mower.  

 

BTW, I got the 56 too, it will probably be my next project!  ~~  Lowell

 

 

 

 


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Posted January 01, 2013 - 12:30 PM

Should look nice when you get it restored.



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Posted January 01, 2013 - 12:42 PM

Hi Lowell, please don't forget posting pics after restoration! Very nice, interesting riding mower!



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Posted January 01, 2013 - 07:21 PM

Great! I have one of those! And it was a freebie also. Cool little mower!



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Posted January 05, 2013 - 12:54 PM

So far, I've just been tinkering with it; painting the engine tins, housing & air flow tins.  Well, today I decided to tear into it:

 

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Took several pics from underneath so (hopefully) I can put it back together, ​no guarantees!:

 

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Posted January 05, 2013 - 03:04 PM

I had to replace the drive belt on mine. Took a bit to get everything back as it should be. These have a weird set up. But I finally got it to work again.



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Posted January 05, 2013 - 05:00 PM

I had to replace the drive belt on mine. Took a bit to get everything back as it should be. These have a weird set up. But I finally got it to work again.

Did you have to take the pulley off the transmission?  Looks pretty tight under there!  

 

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~~  Lowell



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Posted January 05, 2013 - 05:56 PM

No, but that may have been easier! And yes, it's dang tight.



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Posted January 06, 2013 - 07:36 PM

Got it stripped down as far as I'm going to today:

 

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Cleaned & painted a few parts, will be later this week before I get much else done with it!  ~~  Lowell



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Posted January 06, 2013 - 07:39 PM

Looking good Lowell! 


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Posted January 12, 2013 - 12:38 PM

Been busy cleaning & painting the small parts, including the rims:

 

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Next comes cleaning & painting the frame!  ~~  Lowell



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 12:44 PM

Looking good Lowell, Free is always good. Can't wait to see it finished.



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:15 PM

Frame is painted with some parts put back on:

 

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"shroud" & "console" are primed:

 

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Hope to paint the green tomorrow, then start putting it back together next week.  Next will be getting the 30" deck operational and cleaned & painted!  ~~  Lowell

 

 


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:27 PM

Good to see progress, Lowell! I'll have to get mine out and play with it again this Spring!


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Posted January 18, 2013 - 05:41 PM

Painted the console & shroud today!  Masked off the decals since they were in good shape & NLA from "mother Deere".  Had the console decal made by: http://www.clickitan...cal-click-here/

 

Primed with Rustoleum "light grey automotive primer" (spray cans):

 

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Final sanding with 3M "waffle pads" (400 grit):

 

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Painted today with JD "Ag Green", my $50 HVLP gun I bought at Sutherland's 4-5 years ago:

 

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My compressor is in another shed 60' from the shop, so I string a hose across to a pipe through the shop wall, then hook up the small regulator/moisture trap inside the shop:

 

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Finished paint job:

 

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Lowell

 

 


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