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Posted September 24, 2016 - 02:03 PM

Larry I've removed some seals like that by using a sharp punch or awl to poke a small hole then screw a sheet metal screw , and use vise grips on the head. You might need to do that in more then one location
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Posted September 24, 2016 - 03:07 PM

I have done that before, but there is so little metal on the lip I am afraid of damaging the aluminum casting. Looking close at the tool it appears that it is forced inside the seal then used to pull the seal out. I may talk with the Dealer Monday and see if they do a tool rental.

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Posted September 24, 2016 - 03:48 PM

Betcha I could get it out without damage! Seen lots of those type of situations! A small screwdriver will be your friend!


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Posted September 24, 2016 - 04:35 PM

Larry that tool looks like a pipe nipple lol Maybe you could find a size that works , heck maybe even pvc pipe
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Posted September 24, 2016 - 07:24 PM

After inspecting closely I think I can get it out with the tools I have. Guess the hydro fluid will be changed after all.

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Posted September 24, 2016 - 08:14 PM

Its enjoying seeing a youngster working along with a grownup
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Posted September 25, 2016 - 06:45 AM

Best thing is him learning early!


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Posted September 25, 2016 - 09:23 AM

It's looking good can't wait to see it finished it should look new again by the time your done

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Posted September 25, 2016 - 09:37 AM

And the winning seal removal tool is......... Flat blade screwdriver. "Thanks Kenny!" Just stuck it between the rubber seal and shaft and gently pried it out. The brass bushings and small hammer to tap the new one in. Hopefully this fixes the leak.

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Posted September 25, 2016 - 09:46 AM

Great to hear What's next ?
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Posted September 25, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Not much today as it is pouring rain. I started on the fender pan yesterday and found a small crack, I talked with my neighbor and he will weld it for me, not sure when. I'll put the Hydro back together and run it again for a few minuets today and check the leak again. May clean and mask the hood decals in prep for light sanding. 

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Posted September 25, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Good work on the seal. 


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Posted September 25, 2016 - 01:02 PM

Ran him for about 5 minuets at 10:00 this morning. Now 1:00 and still dry! :thumbs:


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Posted September 25, 2016 - 03:37 PM

It's no monster GT, but I think you're going to be really happy with this. You've done a fantastic job. Arguably, the JD 165-185's, and their replacements, the LX172-LX188's, were some of the best LT's ever built. The transmissions were beefy for an LT, and the engines were excellent.
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Posted September 25, 2016 - 04:00 PM

Thanks Kat385B, My grandson was over this weekend. We spent some time talking about what was done while he was gone. Went over the leak issue, and what was still to be done. I told him Grandma decided on a new bed for him instead of new tires. If he had been here Grandma might have been out voted. Can't speak for the transaxle or deck yet, but When starting the engine it revs smooth and the governor response is tight. Kinda humid today, but with the shop doors open I was able to start on the hood. This paint has to dry 24 hours before I can do the other side.  Shrinking the picture makes it look funky, When I finish I'll post regular pictures. 

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