I would like to nominate my Case 222. This is a very special GT to me, as it was given to me by a close friend a couple days before he died. My friends name was Gary, and he had been battling with cancer of the spine for awhile. I went and spent a couple days in the hospital with him near the end, and during that time he said he wanted me to have his Case. He had always meant to fix it up, but never got around to it. He said he knew I'd make it look like new, so that is what I set out to do.
The GT was still solid, but tired. The Kohler K301 was running alright, but I decided to open it up to check everything out, and I'm glad I did, as it had a wrist pin clip that had come out of the piston, and was wearing a groove in the cylinder. It required boring .020 to clean the cylinder up. The carburetor throttle shaft was also very wore out, so I installed a bushing in it. The engine runs great now.
The mower deck was the worst part of the GT, as everything was wore out on it. The aluminum spindle housing were so corroded that I couldn't rebuild them, and the deck was missing a baffle underneath. The discharge shoot was missing as well. I found a set of good used cast iron spindle housing to rebuild, and I made a new baffle for the underside of the deck, and welded it in. I tried locating a used discharge soot for it, but this is the somewhat uncommon center discharge deck, so I didn't find one. I ended up fabricating one. It turned out decent.
I really enjoyed this project as I spent alot of time remembering all the good times Gary, and I had over our 20 or so years of friendship. When it was finished, I had some decals made for it, that serve as a memorial to Gary. On the front, and rear of the tractor, it reads (Gary's Case). Thanks
Edited by bowtiebutler956, March 13, 2014 - 03:18 PM.