I would like to nominate Hulk II, a 1988 Craftsman II model 917.255919.
I acquired this LGT through a Craig List post in May of 2010 for a used mower for $100. I went to see the Tractor because I had worked on one like it earlier (dubbed Hulk I). This GT didn’t have an air filter or cover, so when I pulled the dip stick it was full of water. I negotiated the price to $80.00 and loaded him up.
Unfortunally the full restore thread is “over there” and listed as Hulk II, but suffice to say, I was concerned about the waterlogged engine so I started searching for another. In the mean time I tore the engine down and sent the block in to be bored to 0.002 over and ordered Pistons, rings, valves, gaskets, carb, and starter kits. No sooner than I placed the order another engine popped up on Craig List in Dallas for $80,00. A quick trip scored the engine, and bumper, I could have picked up another deck, but didn’t have the funds.
Went to the Sears site and doubled the parts order and sent the second engine block in. While posting my progress, a discussion on sleeve hitches came up. A guy in Wisconsin said he had a sleeve for my Tractor and a 38”blade for $35.00, Well after $135.00 in shipping I had the hitch and blade, and a mad UPS Guy, that was heavy!
Finally finished the Hulk II, and he sports a 44” Deck, Sleve Hitch, 38” Blade, and Spare Engine. Main uses have been with the Blade, and towing, and general riding and taking to shows. I did mow once just to test the deck before hanging it on the wall where it has been for the last Three years
I present Hulk II.