Last fall my friend called that his LT had died. He took it to the local shop. They charged him $100 to open the engine and tell him he needed a new one. I told him to bring it over and I'd try to rebuild it for him.
The cylinder had bad gouges like a grain of sand had gotten in. I honed it to +0.010 but they were still deep. I hunted around in my parts engine pile and found a similar engine that had two mounting ears broken off. I rebuilt the engine using the best parts from both. It started right up and mowed my lawn like it should. As I was parking it the engine died. The intake valve keeper had come loose. I repaired it and tested again, okay. Ted couldn't pick it up until this spring. While I was in LA he used it but it died on him a couple of times. I wasn't around, and he was somad at it for being a pain for 20 years that he went out and bought a new Ariens and is very happy with it.
He called me when I got back and gave me the LT. I picked it up yesterday with a plow for it thrown in. I told him that it was probably just water in the old gas from sitting all winter(I had started it every month). He was mad at it and wanted me to take it. We had a nice vist and then had to get on to our various chores.
I tried it on our lawn and it worked as it should. I want to use it until two of the lawn mowing GTs are working. Then I'll sell it with chains and weights added for a nice package.
Playing with LTs and selling them helps pay for the good GTs. Good Luck, Rick