I'll probably change the bolts to pins eventually. The holes in the brackets have been worn because the bolts somebody used were undersized. So may need to add a bushing of some sort too. I noticed most other linkages are worn badly too... clutch, brake, etc. One of the bolts that tightens in the slot for the deck rollers is worn nearly half way through. That's a welded in bolt, so it will take a bit of doing for that repair!
As far as the cross drive belt... Didn't have time to check it out thoroughly. The center spindle pulley is the correct part number. PTO
pulley has been replaced with a single groove pulley maybe around two inch diameter. The dealer told me the diameter of the large (correct) pulley was just under three inches. So if my PTO
has a smaller pulley, then the belt should be loose, not tight... doesn't make sense! My tractor has the release lever on the PTO
and it moves freely. When I "squeezed" the new belt on it pulled everything so tight that the lever to disengage the PTO
wouldn't work. Just a matter of figuring it out. I'm sure I'm not seeing something.
Another issue is the "slop" in the drive, that I mention before. There's definitely something loose... somewhere. When I remove the drive belt from the trans the drive pulley will rotate freely for nearly a full turn before the wheels try to turn. Pulley is tight on it's shaft. I still need to check the two bolts on the axle, so maybe the problem is there... Any ideas, from anyone, on what else to check?