I hope you guys aren't getting mad at me for dragging this thread out with my ongoing troubles. but...
Update on my progress.
I took all of the side shields off of my motor and found a very nice mouse nest packing the whole left side of the motor up and blocking all air from getting thru the cooling fins. It was packed so tight from the starter to the fuel pump I am surprised it wasnt overheating worse than it was.
I also used up 2 cans of engine degreaser then pressure washed the whole thing down before reassembling everything. I went out and mowed and there was absolutely no smoke at all and it runs like a new machine now. It must have just been overheating before and burning all of the built up oil all over the engine making it smoke.
Then the next problem came up AGAIN.. I blew out the belt for the deck drive. It was a brand new belt 3 mows ago but I have been having problems with one of the idler pulleys on the mule drive. The stock one locked up earlier this year (like 2 mows ago) so since I wanted to finish mowing I just stole the one off of the 129 mule drive I have sitting in the shed. I knew it was smaller both in diameter and width so it kept throwing the belt off if I even bumped a tree or dirt bump. it has been very annoying over the last 2 mows having to reinstall the belt a couple of times each time I mowed. well when I was reassembling everything after the cleaning I noticed that the belt had been twisted and was actually backwards on the pto pulley. I have no idea how it wasnt twisted to either side but it was actually riding on the flat back of the belt and a few strands of the belt were already flaking off when I rolled it over to the way it should be and figured well when I get done tonight I will have to order another belt and replace both pulleys while im at it. and since i am ordering parts I might as well order a new spindle belt too.
well about 1/2 way thru my mowing the belt gave up.
so I parked it and came in to order all the parts I needed to do it all. The belts I will be picking up tomorrow and the pulleys will be here later in the week. so I will be installing the new belts after work tomorrow and finishing mowing then and will install the new pulleys before the next mow probably next weekend.
sorry for the long rant but figured I would keep ya'll up to speed on my sorrows.