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#1 Bill56 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 04, 2014 - 02:39 PM

Everything seemed to have been running good for my first mowing experience last week. But I wanted to check out the condition of the spindle drive belt on the deck. So I decided to start working on that this morning. The belt definitely needs replacing. That will be the easy and "cheap" part of the deck repairs...     Unfortunately, the center mandrel shaft was ruined at some point in it's life. Shaft is undersized at both the upper and lower bearing locations and the top drive pulley key way is all but nonexistent. Found a Simplicity dealer, not too far away, so I ordered a new spindle. ($$OUCH$$) Should have it in a day or two. Good news about all this is, when cleaning the gunk off the drive pulley, I discovered a Simplicity part number... and it's the correct pulley and doesn't seem to be worn any!!!! I thought, since the pulley's flange was wider than the belt, that someone had switched it from the original one. But apparently it is made that way because of the twist in the cross drive belt?? The bearings seem good but I suppose it would make good sense to replace them while everything is apart. I'm still learning about this tractor and mower deck... couldn't figure why it was such a hassle to get the deck in or out from under the tractor. The two front hanger brackets would almost clear the front tires, but not quite. Today, when I had to remove the bolts from those hangers, I discovered that they were supposed to be pins so they could be easily removed and the bracket can flip up out of the way. Guess I should spend some time and read the Owners Manual!!! I am making progress. That's the important part.... Right?


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Posted August 04, 2014 - 07:39 PM

You know what they say!
"When all else fails, read the manual"

I bought a ford from a guy this summer.
The snow blower was still attached.
When I went to unhook it, he started to tell how to dis assemble it!
I just unhooked it per the manual. Took two minutes.
He was amazed! He just didn't know!

Joe
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Posted August 04, 2014 - 08:49 PM

Thats good advice Joe,......Bill, yes, the pulley is like that because of the cross drive belt, i never thought to mention the deck bracket hinge, sorry about that.


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Posted August 04, 2014 - 09:18 PM

One of the reasons I chose this tractor for a "revival" was the relatively good condition of the mower deck. And it is good as far as the housing. So I don't feel so bad spending some time and money. It just had some neglect of preventative maintenance. I picked up new bearings, belts, grease this afternoon. So when the new spindle arrives, I'll be ready to put everything back together.

    One other item I have questions about is the steering. The turning radius seems a bit wide to me. Are the stop pins welded to each end of the axle supposed to be straight? Mine are bent slightly rearward.


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Posted August 05, 2014 - 07:01 PM

Yes, straight, looking forwards to it.


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Posted August 06, 2014 - 02:54 PM

You should be able to drop the deck and "swing" it out from under the tractor by pulling only three pins. Two at the axle and one at the lift. No further disassembly is necessary. It is a bit of a dance to get it out but after pulling the pins turn the steering wheel far right and if you push it back against the rear tires then rotate it out the left side it will clear the front wheels and the right hand height adjuster will clear the PTO swing arm.
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Posted August 06, 2014 - 06:26 PM

You should be able to drop the deck and "swing" it out from under the tractor by pulling only three pins. Two at the axle and one at the lift. No further disassembly is necessary. It is a bit of a dance to get it out but after pulling the pins turn the steering wheel far right and if you push it back against the rear tires then rotate it out the left side it will clear the front wheels and the right hand height adjuster will clear the PTO swing arm.

Unless the rear or front wheels are smaller then original then there is no way, i tried both ways many times with the front wheels turned.


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Posted August 06, 2014 - 08:43 PM

I actually have gotten the mower in and out without taking the pins out, but it's a bit of wiggling this way and that to get to the goal. And if I had to tell someone how I did it... No idea! I'm thinking, when I have the time, of making a lever type jack to lift the axle 

You only need to lift one wheel, a couple of inches, and the brackets will slide right under. Maybe someone should take a video so we could  remember which way to turn, push, and pull the deck!! :D   It also might be a little easier once I get my bent steering stops straightened so the wheels will turn a little tighter.


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Posted August 06, 2014 - 09:00 PM

Well I had a B1 and Late B10, both with oem wheels and tires, both 44" wb tractors like the 101 and never removed more than three pins to mount or dismount the 42" mowers.
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Posted August 06, 2014 - 09:11 PM

On another note... Didn't get a chance for a test drive, but I think I've successfully completed the mower deck repairs. All new belts, a couple of new bearings, greased, oiled and ready to go... hopefully!!! 

   Next problem is the fuel shutoff valve. I've plugged up two fuel filters, so far, so I decided to pull the tank for a cleaning. When I removed the shutoff valve I found the screen was missing. So I need to find a new valve. Checked some prices... $$$... Think I'll "borrow" one from one of the other toys!! Hopefully that will get me back in the seat again.

    One other question... How are the hood bolts supposed to work? Rear ones are in a threaded hole... no problem. But how are the front two supposed to work in the slotted brackets? I don't have the original "winged" bolts so maybe I'm missing what goes inside the hood?? Tried to look it up on the parts manual, but couldn't make out the diagram clearly.

 

Thanks,  BILL


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Posted August 06, 2014 - 09:22 PM

Well I had a B1 and Late B10, both with oem wheels and tires, both 44" wb tractors like the 101 and never removed more than three pins to mount or dismount the 42" mowers.

Now that I think about it, I've been pulling the mower out the right side. :wallbanging:  I'll give the left exit/entrance a try tomorrow!


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 05:33 AM

The front hood bolts had cone springs between the hood and a threaded bar the t handle hood bolts thread into, the spring sits on the inside of the slotted bracket against the threaded bar, it compresses against the grill support and threaded bar, usually always rattle lose, lost and spurred some really creative hood latches and hold downs.

 

For my Squire 9 it will remain as original as i can, for the Allis, it will be replaced by rubber latches.


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 10:24 AM

You can get the fuel shut off with screen from NAPA auto parts. Cost for mine was 5.00 and some change.


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Posted August 07, 2014 - 02:27 PM

You can get the fuel shut off with screen from NAPA auto parts. Cost for mine was 5.00 and some change.


Thanks,Steve. I usually go to Napa. But for some reason I didn't think of them this time.

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Posted August 07, 2014 - 08:23 PM

The front hood bolts had cone springs between the hood and a threaded bar the t handle hood bolts thread into, the spring sits on the inside of the slotted bracket against the threaded bar, it compresses against the grill support and threaded bar, usually always rattle lose, lost and spurred some really creative hood latches and hold downs.
 
For my Squire 9 it will remain as original as i can, for the Allis, it will be replaced by rubber latches.


Those front bolts are notorious for working loose. I recommend that you strap down or remove the hood when trailering as it can blow off at highway speeds. That may explain the numerous round tops out there missing hoods.
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