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Posted May 03, 2013 - 12:30 PM

The deck on the Bob (the Homelite) is a 48' deck and has been a good deck for 40 yrs. It is getting rusty and really needs to be repainted. I didn't want to but it is in serious need. DSCF4183.JPG  Today I was going to remove the blades and sharpen and balance them. I found that both outboard quills have bad bearings. I called an old time Homelite / Simplicity dealer abot 60 miles from me and lo and behold they have the original bearings for the deck. $  8.00 ea but well worth it if tehy are original. I got the quills off without a hitch but the pulleys are being stubborn. The nut on top came off with no problem. The pulley also has a set screw in it with a key. There was no screw in the hole and I could see the key. I haven't worked on these before but I know I can fix it if I get the pulleys off. I will see if I can get my BIL to take them to his shop and press them off. While I have them out I figure it is time to clean it well and at least prime it for painting down the road. Took a few pictures Thanks Roger.

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Posted May 03, 2013 - 12:45 PM

Its looks like the deck in still in good shape just a little rust. Thanks for sharing the pictures


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 12:49 PM

It is in very good shape !   Hope the pulleys come off without damaging them . Keep us posted on your progress.  Good luck !



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Posted May 03, 2013 - 02:42 PM

What!! The deck only lasted 40 years!! What a piece of junk!








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Posted May 03, 2013 - 03:26 PM

Rusty in the same spot mine was, right in front of the center spindle. Do you have the outer spindle covers, Roger?



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Posted May 03, 2013 - 03:42 PM

48 Foot Deck? Dang! That's a wide swath! :bigrofl: That looks real similar to the Ford/Jacobsen deck!


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 05:28 PM

Yes kenny, only the biggest for us here in Michigan,lol, Yes Cat I have the covers. My only problem with them is that the welded bolts broke off in the brackets, so I will have to drill them out and put new ones in and grind the heads off and put a tack weld on them. Here is what happened to one of the pulleys during pressing it off. DOOHOOOO! The good and the bad.DSCF4205.JPG The parts deck looks good, but it has been repainted in the past. I am thinking of using it with rebuilt quills until I get the original done. DSCF4204.JPG DSCF4203.JPG Thanks guys. Roger.


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Posted May 03, 2013 - 06:09 PM

Yikes that pulley is wonkey. How hard will it be to find another one?
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Posted May 03, 2013 - 07:38 PM

I have the parts deck that has two good pulleys on it. I pulled them off today and will have the BIL press them off Monday. I can get a new one for $20.00 but would rather use these. New bearings are $8.00 ea and i need 4 as of now. Wonkey.....I like that word, may have to use it later on here. Roger.



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Posted May 03, 2013 - 08:23 PM

That deck is in great shape compared to the junk decks I've rebuilt!!

 

Brush the loose rust off and put on some Rust-converter and repaint!  That thing will last many more years!


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Posted May 04, 2013 - 05:39 AM

Hope you can save the deck. Sometimes the simplest things give the most problems.

Yikes that pulley is wonkey

Wonkey.....I like that word, may have to use it later on here. Roger.

I would never presume to tell anyone when to use a word, but it is good to know the history.
Depending on what dictionary is your "go-to" dictionary,
It's either a derivative of two words, Wonkavator and Willie
OR
From the Latin Wonkus for Scrap Man

Oxfords even suggests that both may have merit, as they found that Wonkus may have meant "Scrap Man going a thousand different directions", ergo it could be the base word for Wonkavator.

I am now going to take my special pill and have a cup of coffee... Where did that all come from?
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Posted May 04, 2013 - 06:13 AM

Hope you can save the deck. Sometimes the simplest things give the most problems.

I would never presume to tell anyone when to use a word, but it is good to know the history.
Depending on what dictionary is your "go-to" dictionary,
It's either a derivative of two words, Wonkavator and Willie
OR
From the Latin Wonkus for Scrap Man

Oxfords even suggests that both may have merit, as they found that Wonkus may have meant "Scrap Man going a thousand different directions", ergo it could be the base word for Wonkavator.

I am now going to take my special pill and have a cup of coffee... Where did that all come from?
:smilewink:

I got 'wonky' just reading that! :bigrofl:


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Posted May 04, 2013 - 06:25 AM

I got 'wonky' just reading that! :bigrofl:

You never know what you will learn here on GTtalk!!


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Posted May 04, 2013 - 06:29 AM

***My only problem with them is that the welded bolts broke off in the brackets, so I will have to drill them out and put new ones in and grind the heads off and put a tack weld on them. 

 

How about trying this:  Drill the bolt holes out and use a file to square the holes out and put in Carriage bolts and give them a little tack weld to hold them in??  I've done this many times..  Just a thought..


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Posted May 04, 2013 - 06:34 AM

Hope you can save the deck. Sometimes the simplest things give the most problems.

I would never presume to tell anyone when to use a word, but it is good to know the history.
Depending on what dictionary is your "go-to" dictionary,
It's either a derivative of two words, Wonkavator and Willie
OR
From the Latin Wonkus for Scrap Man

Oxfords even suggests that both may have merit, as they found that Wonkus may have meant "Scrap Man going a thousand different directions", ergo it could be the base word for Wonkavator.

I am now going to take my special pill and have a cup of coffee... Where did that all come from?
:smilewink:

 

Are you sure you haven't taken that special pill/coffee, several times already this morning. :poke:


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