update on the overheating. was still doing it last night and was smoking a bit so i stopped mowing, opened the hood to see where smoke was coming from and noticed some bubbles coming from head gasket area. very slow persistent bubbles and i noticed some grass behinda cover on the back of the block. long story short i started by taking flywheel cover off and removing large mouse nest that didnt plug up all the cooling fins and a lot of mud wasp nests. with all that off i decided to take head off to see how bad head gasket was. wasnt bad but was all wet with oil and it appeared that exhaust fumes were getting into one head bolt from the residue left behind and the rest of them having oil on them or just a dry somewhat rusty bolt. anyway cleaned everything, changed fuel line fuel filter and reassembled and seemed to run better but couldnt tell 100% because i didnt have much lawn left to mow and it was rather chilly which may have helped it not over heat but i was trying to make it. i had it in 3rd high full throttle mowing high grass and it didnt even care. hopefully fixed but ill keep updated to hopefully be able to help others.
Edited by 68searssuburban, May 21, 2015 - 04:10 PM.