Looks like alot of hours spent!
How much $$ do you have in to the project now if you dont mind me asking
A lot of hours but to me they are "fun" hours.
The Honda was about $1300.00 and I estimate it will cost about another $100.00 for the steel, bolts, fittings, muffler, hose, etc. plus my time and a bit of welding and paint - some will argue that I am nuts to spend that kind of money but that's OK - I probably am. The way I look at it the Bolens 1050 is a tough lawn tractor that I can use to cut the grass every week (which usually takes me about five hours, till the garden, run the wood chipper I built for it, serve in the winter time as a back up for snow removal with the snow caster I have and with the new Honda it should be trouble free for many years to come and will probably outlast me. Over the next ten years it will cost me $140.00 / year plus regular maintenance costs to cut the grass plus the other chores it does which is cheap in my opinion and I will have the entertainment value of doing the repower.