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Posted November 27, 2015 - 09:51 PM

Hoping this won't be a long thread as before. Red is a 917.254450 1990 Craftsman LGT.

Year before last, rebuilt the 18.5 Briggs opposed, and replaced the oil slinger. Replaced Steering bushings, added LED assisted lights, and sharpened the blades.

Last year I added brass bushings to the steering, sharpened the blades, and filled the transaxle with 00 grease

This year I plan on.

1. filling the transaxle with 00 grease.

2. Replacing / adjusting the brake shoes.

3 Remove the deck and test the mandrills / pulleys / and belt 

4. Check the drive belt

5. Paint under the deck

6. Replace the battery

 

Should be good to go for 2 more years.

 

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Posted November 27, 2015 - 10:23 PM

Guess wrong color really on this one?  Like that bumper guard set-up!  I need to build some for my Speedex's this summer.


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Posted November 27, 2015 - 10:32 PM

Red is one of the restores I decided to keep. He was originally Craftsman Grey, The red color has worked out well. Bumper was a Sears close-out item several years back, Got it real cheep.

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Posted November 27, 2015 - 11:31 PM

Red is one of the restores I decided to keep. He was originally Craftsman Grey, The red color has worked out well. Bumper was a Sears close-out item several years back, Got it real cheep.

Nice bumper setup. Think I'll fab one like it... make it easier to nudge logs around with.

grey is rough on mine also. Haven't decided on color redo yet. Better half sez it should be something highly visible since I tend to get lost in the strawberry patch so often.


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Posted November 27, 2015 - 11:43 PM

Original restore (2009) is here, I have done a second paint refresh, and several steering upgrades, and a engine overhaul since. Red is the main mower for 3 acres, and I plan to keep it that way so Hulk II and Old Girl doesn't have to pick up that chore.

 

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Posted November 28, 2015 - 09:41 AM

I really love the look of both Red and Green/Hulk. So much so that my neighbor's 1988? GT18 he has for sale keeps calling my name every time I walk by that side of the yard. I'd have to come up with a new color so I wasn't copying you!



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Posted November 28, 2015 - 10:39 AM

Thanks wahoowad! I hope to get Red's service done quick as I plan on a more detailed / teardown service on Hulk II this winter. Red had a paint refresh last winter, I am thinking about restoring Hulk to the original grey, and locating the original decals and take him to the Tractor show next October.



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Posted November 28, 2015 - 03:34 PM

Just about as tore down as far as I'll go this time. Looks like a few more things to replace.

Fuel line and filter (original is about 5 years old).

Deck and Drive belts, These look a little frayed.

 

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Posted November 28, 2015 - 04:39 PM

Hoping this won't be a long thread as before. Red is a 917.254450 1990 Craftsman LGT.

Year before last, rebuilt the 18.5 Briggs opposed, and replaced the oil slinger. Replaced Steering bushings, added LED assisted lights, and sharpened the blades.

Last year I added brass bushings to the steering, sharpened the blades, and filled the transaxle with 00 grease

This year I plan on.

1. filling the transaxle with 00 grease.

2. Replacing / adjusting the brake shoes.

3 Remove the deck and test the mandrills / pulleys / and belt 

4. Check the drive belt

5. Paint under the deck

6. Replace the battery

 

Should be good to go for 2 more years.

First crafstman i actually like. :thumbs:



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Posted November 28, 2015 - 08:16 PM

Hmmm. Does that 4th picture imply the transmission has a drive pulley on the top? I didn't know they switched over on those models.


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Posted November 28, 2015 - 08:30 PM

If it would stop raining I need to do the same to my main mower I haven't changed the blades in 2 years. I wish I kept my old mower with the briggs and stratton opposed twin never had any problems from it not like this newer junk.


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Posted November 28, 2015 - 08:51 PM

Yep, 6 speed peerless with the pulley on top. First job done, new brake pads, installed and adjusted.

 

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Posted November 28, 2015 - 09:28 PM

Ok, next step takes some time, locate the plastic cap on top of the transaxle next to the shift input shaft (ummm Made in USA), Remove the cap, and using a screwdriver shift till a hole opens up. I think neutral is it. Using a funnel, add "00" grease. The seals are gone on this, and the rims can't be removed, so this is an annual maintenance for me. Once the funnel is full, take a beverage or two break. 

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Posted November 28, 2015 - 09:49 PM

Ok, next step takes some time, locate the plastic cap on top of the transaxle next to the shift input shaft (ummm Made in USA), Remove the cap, and using a screwdriver shift till a hole opens up. I think neutral is it. Using a funnel, add "00" grease. The seals are gone on this, and the rims can't be removed, so this is an annual maintenance for me. Once the funnel is full, take a beverage or two break. 

At least you don't have to take it apart messiest work to do on one


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Posted November 29, 2015 - 12:24 PM

Two funnels added, now to remove the drive belt. Plan on going to T/S today to pick up a new belt, fuel line and filter. Once these are installed I can put the rear fenders back on as I'll be done with the underside. To remove the drive belt I first removed the top pulley from the transaxle which gave bunches of slack in the belt. Following the picture numbers.

1. Remove the PTO Clutch cross member brace, 2 X 1/2 carriage bolts. 

2. Disconnect the PTO connector as the belt is routed through the wires.

3. and 4. loosened the left and right belt guides, 9/16 nut and bolt, just loosen don't remove.

5. The belt is removed over the top of the clutch pulley, there is a spring finger that the belt will slip over.

6. The belt is lowered from the idler and at this point can be completely removed.

 

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