Thanks for all the input, sorry I have been offline for a while.
I agree using the right parts would have been the best way but it wasnt an option at the time since i needed to use the mower asap. There was so much wear its going to need lots of new parts and i needed to tear into it to understand it better before trying to order them. Once i was there i decided i could get by for now with a little re-engineering.
Its still functioning fine so i havent messed with it. I just chewed through some 4 foot weeds last weekend out in my pasture.
The antirattle springs were there i think the noise is too many worn parts complaining but it is a trooper and keeps going. This winter i plan on a serious rebuild so i will decide which route to go then depending on how rich i am at that point. Part of me wants to try the elec pto
just for the adventure of it. I figured the pulley and basket would need to be modified.
I have been adding a three point so i can use a disk and box scraper off a craftsman gt. Got the top link done running off the hydraulic cylinder but i havent finished the hitch arms yet.
I have been looking for a tiller which was why i wanted the tractor, but i cant seem to find any close enough to me. All in all though i really love this little tractor and am well satisfied with the purchase.