I found a way to use the u-joint with the 1" end! I got to thinking about how MTD had that hooked to the PTO end of the crank. I remembered I had an old B&S crank that had thrown a rod and was unusable. Sure enough, it was 1" with a key way. Set it up on the band saw and cut that end off.
Next was figuring out how to open the hole in my adapter to fit the shaft in. Thought about drilling, but was afraid it would be too big and not centered.
I found a small local machine shop finally and took it down there to see if he could do it for me. Well, 20 minutes and $10 later, I had a press fit hole in it.
Next up was heating the adapter and freezing the shaft. A little nudge from the press and it was in. After it cooled, I ran a bead around the inside to hold it there.
Here it is installed on the engine.
Today I will get Steve to help me measure the shaft length for this. And the drive shaft will be in.
I then started thinking about the throttle cable and what to do there. Made this up (a little too quickly) and found it won't work with the fuel tank in place. I'll noodle that some today. Also, that make the throttle handle work backwards. Thinking about a way to fix that.
I made up a screen for the air filter plate so it wouldn't inhale any screws.
The other drive shaft should be arriving soon. It may end up being a rear PTO on something.