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#1 ktron OFFLINE  

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Posted August 07, 2013 - 11:07 PM

Hey guys I'm new to this forum, I was recommended by a member on reddit.com (/u/wwhijr) to post on this site. Anyway here are some pictures of my 1960 craftsman 4hp rider (as best as i can identify). Its a restoration/modification in progress. I'd love to hear any thoughts or comments on my project.

 

I picked this mower up on craigslist from a man out in the farm country of south jersey (mullica hill for anyone local) for 60 dollars in january. So far what i've done is stripped it down, sandblasted pretty much everything, primed, base coated, and top coated. I rebuilt the transaxle and put new nuts and bolts on the majority of the body. I also had a friend of mine weld the cracked aluminum deck. The colors I used to paint this mower are Ford blue and alumablast. The plan now is to fit a 14hp briggs twin motor on top of the deck (with some reinforcement for the extra weight), put on inflatable turf tires and new rims, and fit a battery and gas tank on the rear fender.

 

I've attached a lot of pictures, please let me know what you think and if you have any advice to offer me to make this easier. This is not my first mower project, but it is my first vintage restomod. I also work with cars and have a project motorcycle, so i'm familiar with technical terms and tools. thanks guys, hope you like it.

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Posted August 07, 2013 - 11:18 PM

Welcome to GTt Ktron! Glad to here someone sent you our way!

That's a cool little mower you have there. And it looks to be coming along great! That sure will be interesting seeing a Briggs twin on that deck!

Thanks fro the pictures. I'll be looking forward to the updates.


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Posted August 07, 2013 - 11:24 PM

I like the colors you chose! It looks like it has come out great so far, and I am sure that it will be fun to ride around on once done!
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Posted August 08, 2013 - 12:30 AM

LOVE that color blue,  That will be one cool little mower when ya get it done........ are you sure 14 horse will be enough :rolling: can't wait to see it done


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Posted August 08, 2013 - 05:15 AM

Welcome to the forum! That's a cool little mower, should handle the mowing duties with the upgrades!


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Posted August 08, 2013 - 05:17 AM

:welcometogttalk:


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Posted August 08, 2013 - 05:30 AM

Welcome to GTTalk !   You should have a very " one of a kind " custom when your done  :thumbs: , please keep us posted


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Posted August 08, 2013 - 06:57 AM

I'm just afraid with 14 hp that the blade will sit still and the mower will turn!


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Posted August 08, 2013 - 07:29 AM

:welcometogttalk:

Cool piece of vintage iron.
I don't have any suggestions (other than maybe rubber pieces between the deck and frame to reduce paint wear and teeth rattle) but am enjoying the pics and thanks for taking the time to upload them.
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Posted August 08, 2013 - 07:36 AM

I'm just afraid with 14 hp that the blade will sit still and the mower will turn!

haha thats a good one, didnt consider that possibility. just thought it would be cool to have a 200lb hotrod.


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Posted August 08, 2013 - 11:44 AM

by the way, the model number is 131 8120 and here is an exploded parts diagram i found on sears.com- http://c.searspartsd...20771-00001.png

 

never knew i was missing big parts like that plate underneath the deck. i'm also missing the motor lol, but you guys knew that.



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Posted August 08, 2013 - 05:52 PM

That is well on its way to be a sharp machine. 

 

Not many people try to save little machines like that since they don't seem to be worth much.  Thanks for saving that one!

 

Ben W.


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Posted August 08, 2013 - 09:40 PM

That plate under the deck looks like a clutch.   What is the blade width?



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Posted August 09, 2013 - 09:27 AM

OMG!  This thing is a HOOT!  this is no more than a push mower you can sit on - the wheels are a SCREAM!   Thank you for resurrecting this awesome slice of Americana!

 

More PIX!  More PIX!

 

when you're done, please count my nomination for "Tractor of the Month"! 


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 09:31 AM

That plate under the deck looks like a clutch.   What is the blade width?

yes the small plate with the pulley on it (middle pulley) is the clutch. in the picture there appears to be a plate or cover that bolts on underneath the 3 pulleys to keep them from getting dirty or something, i dont have that big plate to cover the pulleys. also, it's listed as a 24" deck.


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