Hello , okay , here's some issues I notice : # 1 it is a late model 23 so it has the smaller tie rod ends , and they are double males compared to the old style which were male- female , the one going into the end of the P.S. unit is the smaller male thread ( I'm guessing here they are 3/8" it's fine thread and left handed , so is one of the ones on your tie rod ( tire to tire) these are NLA and the source most of us use, Midwest is out and told me they (as of now )are no longer going to stock them. So I suggest if they need replaced , switch over to the old style ,the tie rods are more common ( you even can get new repop ones) and the old style tie rod ends are readily available ( again our sight sponsors can supply these ). This would also require the older style steering arms on the spindles ,that one that is gorilla welded probably isn't worth the grind down repair it needs so replacement will be harder to accomplish trying to find the later model (newer)style , the older ones are more plentiful. Basically old style 5/8" holes for tie rod ends, newer style 3/8" hole. It should have the needle bearings in the front axle for the wheel spindles ( instead of older style bushings) you might as well check the condition of those as well. Again our site sponsors have those . # 2 when you get into the support/bolster change out ( it's a pain ) check the condition of the PTO
idler pulley bearing its non lubricatable and usually in my tear downs I find these needing replaced, IMO if your going to USE this machine while you have it down is the time to replace it. Same goes for PTO
shaft bearings and belts. Last ( and not least ) I cannot emphazise ENOUGH if your doing all this work DO NOT use the Chinese crap, garbage, shtt, etc . They don't last! See our site sponsors I know Brian ( Bolens parts and supply) cross references these to USA made ones, and Rick ( Ricks Bolens parts ) probably has NOS
. Good luck with your over haul.
PS if originality is a priority PM me I have a supply of the newer style tie rod ends , expensive thou.
Edited by WrenchinOnIt, May 08, 2015 - 10:35 AM.