About an month ago or more I picked up a Cub Cadet LT 1018 with a bad motor, good hydro? for $50. Put the snow removal tractors down in the machine shed a pulled the Cub up to the shop and onto the table. First step was to remove the deck. Quick attach so came off quick. One pulley fit a little loose but the bearings felt good. Turned it over and - WOW ! The blades looked like they were trying to level a rock quarry ! I have seen some beat up blade in my life but these were by far the worst.
The one flange washer does not go into the grease seal far enough either so it could not have been mowing level. Will get into that later. Hood can off followed by the muffler and unhooked the wiring. Unplugged the electric clutch and dropped it off. Fuel line, throttle and choke cables came off. The started on the motor mount bolts. Left rear came real easy - was twisted off about 1/4" from the head washer. Front two were easy to get to with the impact. Then found the right rear. Could not get on it with anything but a wrench. Gear Wrench had to much play between notches to work. Finally got an offset box end that would get about 1/8 of a turn, the an open end for an 1/8. Fought this for a while and though there has to be a better way. Then I remembered I still had the old Chevy distributor wrench from 20+ years ago. Just what I needed. Removed the bracket on the outside of the frame and used that wrench to remove the motor mount bolt,- one flat at a time. Naturally the last 3 or 4 turns were the only ones that I could get with my fingers. With everything loose I lifted the motor off the frame and set it on the front tire - KLUNK ! Got down on the ground and pick up the motor - KLUNK. Set it on the shop floor - KLUNK. I picked it up and watched the top of the fly wheel cover screen. As I picked up the motor the screen went down about 1/16" or a little more. Talk about end ply in a crank that one sure has it. An old B&S Inteck 18.5 hp. Oil in it was black and thick. Knew it was probably junk so no big deal. Good parts motor. Have another B&S 18 hp Vanguard to go in after I do some clean up of course. Need to work on the steer while it is apart also. Will put on new Hydro belt too while it will go on easy like.