Well, I have been fighting this engine for the past week. I had to order a new flywheel nut after inspecting mine and noticing that yes it was ruined when I pulled it. Well, the new nut showed up and guess what, it also had a ruined thread. The first thread was rolled over on the first. Well, that took a day to fix after firing up the lathe to get rid of the first thread. I also had to fix the keyway on the shaft because the shaft had some burs that were preventing it from seating. I wish I would have noticed it when I first had the crank in my hands. Anyways, hand cut that and finally I thought I was home safe. Nope, the stupid starter also decided to screw up. After a bunch of research on how that starter was put together, plus asking on another forum, I decided to soak it for a night and see if it would move. Yep, it moved one way and then got stuck. So, I pulled all the spring clips and guess what, the area where the drive screws out is toast. It had pieces of asphalt in it and one of the springs was missing. Anyways, I ordered another and it should be here by Tuesday. Now, my current issue. I cannot find the throttle linkage that goes from the carb to the governor. I know I had it when I started, but now I seem to have misplaced it or I threw it out because it was ruined. Does anyone have any idea what thread that is on that engine carb? I honestly can't seem to find a screw that fits it. I am also having to upgrade cables to control the engine, because the Deere ones don't quite reach. I will be making some new bushing to mount the new cables in the engine.
Now, moving on to the hydraulics. I pulled the old steering column and was surprised to find that the old style steering wheel fits the new column. So, that was a win. I was worried I would have to buy a 318 steering wheel. I am having trouble figuring out where I want to mount the rear hydraulic block. I also have not figured out how to control them from the front seat. I am thinking a control cable, but I have no idea if a cheap throttle cable will work. I did order a driveshaft from a 318 to modify for use as my pivot joint. I do not know what to use as a slip joint yet. Well, I think I have rambled enough.