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#1 tractorguy2 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 22, 2013 - 11:25 AM

i got a 16 horse craftsman 2 with a 5 speed and 44 inch deck that had a 18 horse swapped onto it it has a plow and a snow blower also but when i turn left the left tire cocks back and hits the hood when i inspected it the axle moves forward and back the play is horrendous when the snow blower is raised i included a link to a vid of the axle sorry about lighting and quality dont mind all the grease the engine dont leak oil it seems to burn oil a little when it sits unused the it clears up im guessing the old engine threw a rod and when it got swapped they didnt clean up the oil and stuff im worried the frame is bent i do know theres a tiny stress crack at a spot weld on the axle that im going to reinforce seeing that the axle isnt made or sold new anymore also sorry about my grammar and if im hard to understand im autistic

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Posted November 22, 2013 - 11:53 AM

Welcome to the forum! I think this is an early '90s tractor due to the vertical shaft engine. Do you have the model # by chance? This will help to see how that axle is attached and whether there were bushings in the center pivot. Can you get us a pic of the whole tractor?


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Posted November 22, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Welcome to GTT. I can't really tell from your video but it appears that the pivot pin may be worn. The wheel bearings may be bad too. Try jacking the front of the tractor up and wiggling parts. I sometimes end up making shimms to tighten up joints. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted November 22, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Look the model # up on Sears parts  It will show you a sectional breakdown of the tractor..  The newer tractors have a replaceable bushing @ the Pinion gear @ the end of the steering wheel shaft..  Sounds like you need a new one as when it is bad the gear hops out of the plate gears and things get messed up.  



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Posted November 22, 2013 - 12:36 PM

Welcome!!!!

Don't worry about the autistic thing, most of us here have some sort of mental problem. :D

Good to see you seem to be doing okay with it. :thumbs:

 

That looks to be a late 80's tractor, I have the lawn tractor version and have same issue. My dad bought tractor new back in '88 I think, he had to have new axle replaced within a year or two casue it pivot in the frame pocket so bad. The new one was better, but it has worn now to where if i turn it too much, the front tire turns a horrendous angle and literally tries to buckle under the tractor.

I also had to have a coworker make gusset plates and weld over that axle pocket, the frame on ours cracked from the pocket to the top of frame.

The Axle itself is supposed to have these two spring loaded pins in it that ride in the pocket, one on each side, to prevent that twist inside the pocket.....they are useless.

I had an idea to just make some extra flat plates to bolt or weld on the side of the frame to keep axle straight up and down, it could still move in up/down fasion, but not twist or move like yours. I can only advise, you will probably have to do the same.

i have seen these tractors get swapped in with a solid from axle over the stamped/welded ones they currently have. I am not sure what the parts came from or part #'s, it's been a long time!

 


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Posted November 22, 2013 - 12:56 PM

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Posted November 22, 2013 - 01:18 PM

Hello there and welcome! :wave:



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Posted November 22, 2013 - 02:35 PM

Maybe something like this Tahoe/tractorguy:
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That's an axle assembly I robbed out of a newer craftsman lawn tractor. The axle slides on those plates as it pivots back and forth so the center bolt doesn't take all of the twisting force... They did it as a cost saving measure I'm sure but perhaps the idea can be adapted?
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Posted November 22, 2013 - 03:44 PM

I have an extra front axle out of a Horizontal shaft Craftsman II. Not sure if it would work in there or not. It is a bit sloppy, but not that bad! Plus, I think I can 'tighten' it up.



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Posted November 22, 2013 - 04:11 PM

:welcome:  This is a great site to learn about GT's all the folk's are very helpful and knowledgeable, good luck with that great looking sears



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Posted November 22, 2013 - 04:53 PM

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Posted November 22, 2013 - 05:30 PM

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Posted November 22, 2013 - 06:28 PM

Where are you located? I think the front axle I have would fit!



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Posted November 22, 2013 - 07:56 PM

Where are you located? I think the front axle I have would fit!

ohio

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Posted November 22, 2013 - 08:51 PM

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Where at in Ohio? might be able to help ya if close enough.

 

That is a lawn tractor, not the heavier garden tractor. Almost exact same as mine, except mine if an 18 Hp. We are dealing with same tractor issue on the front axle. Since you are going o have to have frame welded most likely, I would suggest added something by axle to allow axle to pivot, but not twist or shift. If you cannot weld,  you can possibly take a piece of angle iron, cut it height of frame, bolt a piece on frame both front and back of axle, make it right so basically you are creating another tighter pocket on the outside of frame.


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