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#31 mike912e OFFLINE  

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Posted January 24, 2015 - 07:58 PM

Man, that is going to look sharp! Finished mine, now to finish the Old Girl.

Make sure to post pictures as you progress on yours . And thank you for the compliment .
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Posted January 24, 2015 - 08:19 PM

Not a problem, the restore in in the Sears section under "Old Girl"

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Posted January 24, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Picked up the parts from my powder coater yesterday . Unfortunately I wasn't able to get to work on it today due to snow . Just had to go out and play in it with the 2206 Cub . Also had to restock the firewood supply in the house . Here is a picture of the parts . I'll keep you guys appraised as things progress . Thanks for following along .

Your parts look very nice!


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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:02 AM

Good looking deck, Mike!


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Posted January 25, 2015 - 10:03 AM

Not a problem, the restore in in the Sears section under "Old Girl"

A neat way to solve storage issues !
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Posted January 30, 2015 - 04:12 PM

Hello to all my online friends . I work in an unheated garage and it's just been too damned cold ! But, don't give up as I have planned to try using a silicone based spray on the bottom side of the deck to prevent grass from sticking and hopefully cleanup should go easier as well . The product is called MO-DECK and was purchased at Tractor Supply . They only had one can on their shelf ( probably a seasonal product ) , but their web site indicated that quart cans of brush-able product were also available . I'll bring the deck inside of the HEATED breezeway after sis goes to work tonight and give it a shot . My plan is to keep applying the product to the underside as I add more parts until it's 100% complete . Has anyone experienced this product before and if so what is your recommendation . The product description states " when used regularly " means what ? Each time I mow or once a season ( which I like best ) . This product seems to be a product that has to be used over and over again . I would prefer something that lasts and lasts and lasts......... Recurring costs need to be reduced .

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Posted January 30, 2015 - 04:33 PM

Can't attest to the product, but what I do on my main mowing deck is blow the grass clippings off the top, and use a metal putty scraper underneath to scrape the "mower poop" from under the deck after each mowing. Then every year or two, remove the deck, inspect everything, while the blades are removed (for sharpening) I'll wire brush the underneath and re-spray paint with rattle can paint.


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Posted February 10, 2015 - 10:36 AM

Made any more progress, Mike? Thanks.

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Posted February 11, 2015 - 12:40 PM

Made any more progress, Mike? Thanks.

Thanks for the question . Very little . I have been chipping away at the bead-blasting and I'm also using electrolysis to remove the rust . One of the first pulleys I cleaned was quiet pitted from rust . I'll have to see if it's under a cover and if so I'll just paint it and let it go . If it's not covered up , I'll have to fill the pits , probably with liquid steel, sand , prime and paint . My biggest roadblock is the size of the bucket I'm using for the electrolysis . It's only 5 gallons which limits the quantity and size of parts that I can process . It just takes time . I also found a better protective coating for the bottom side of the mower deck . Runs $29 for two cans of spray . It requires two coats or more, so two cans should do it . Here's their web site with the information : http://www.wilmargra...l-can-pack.html . How's your project coming ?
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Posted February 11, 2015 - 10:08 PM

How's your project coming ?
Mike

Thanks for the update. As for "how's your project coming?", do you mean my Cub Cadet 123?



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Posted February 11, 2015 - 10:20 PM

Thanks for the update. As for "how's your project coming?", do you mean my Cub Cadet 123?

yes .
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Posted February 11, 2015 - 10:28 PM

yes .

Making progress, though the job got a little bit bigger (broke one of the screws that hold the choke plate to the choke shaft). Have you seen my recent pictures and updates? If not, here's a link to them: http://gardentractor...e-5#entry542492

I will take more pictures some time and post them.

 

Thanks for asking!


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 12:39 PM

Okay, just couldn't stand it any more ! had to get back to the restoration of the deck . I just painted some of the parts that were previously bead-blasted before they started to rust . I printed out the pictures that I took before I started disassembly . Also purchased a parts list with drawings to help reassemble process . I also purchased the graphite coating that I will be using on the bottom of the deck . It will get applied after assembly as I want everything coated . I also want to get as much painted to prevent any rusting in the future . The deck should be good for at least ten years with the powder coat, but all the small parts have to be protected as well .

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Posted March 12, 2015 - 07:44 PM

Looks good, I agree on the paint to prevent rust, I even paint the nuts and bolts on mine.


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Posted March 15, 2015 - 11:20 AM

A little more progress today . Yesterday I was able to bead blast more parts . I have a bin of parts to take to get cadmium plated tomorrow . I started some of the subassemblies . I'm installing new zerks as I go, if required and greasing bearings . I would hate to complete the entire deck and find that I missed greasing something which has seized and has to be replaced . Too many times I have to redo something because I missed an important step, like greasing a bearing !I also installed the new decals . Lots of little steps and one day it will be done .

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