Took my first ride on the 101 today. Ran pretty good, but after running the Sears SS-14 for 43 years, it was a whole new ballgame!! First problem was learning how to get on this critter. Without the mower deck, there's no step, so ya gotta figure out how close to stand so your leg gets over the seat and fenders. (Old person problem) Then, going around that first corner, you come to realize that it does make somewhat of a difference when 1/3 of the steering wheel is not there!! I didn't have a lot of fuel, so the ride wasn't real long, but I sure enjoyed it!
Next step is to get the mower deck mounted. The PTO adjustment rod was bent. Straightened and adjusted that. Idler pulley was a bit "gummy" but a little cleaning and lube seemed to cure that problem. I didn't have enough time to attach the mower, but I did engage the PTO and found that the belt would not stop running. Looked up the manual (many thanks to GT-Talk members) and realized that I am missing the belt guard and belt stop. If someone could post a photo of these two parts, with some measurements, I would greatly appreciate it. The belt stop should be pretty simple, since it's basically a bent piece of rod. The guard may be a bit more tricky, but I could probably manage to fabricate something close. All in all it was a good day. Wasn't able to work for too long ( about two hours,) but learned quite a bit about "Simplicity fixing" today. Oh, one other thing... I noticed that things were a bit "fuzzy" around the engine area. After blowing with an air gun from all different directions, for several minutes, I had quite a pile on the floor. Guess them little four legged critters decide my seat had too much stuffing