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#1 John Arsenault OFFLINE  

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Posted May 21, 2016 - 06:47 PM

Started to tear down the deck today to get my restore started. Also wanted to find out whats missing bent or broken so that I could start my search for parts in the mean while. Lucky for me I had another 42" mower deck in poor shape that seems to have all the parts for the larger deck that I will need. 

 

 

I love how solid and simple these are hard to believe this was built in 1967 in the condition its in. This deck has probably mowed more grass in its life then I have. I am so excited about bringing it back to its glory days. I just wanted to share another great attachment I am working on for my Sears Suburbans.

 

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48" missing the wheels,  push button for the lift lever, top belt guard , bearings and refininhing.

 

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42" I am pulling the wheels off , Removing the push button, belt guards to short (slight problem) 

the deck is shot  but a few other good parts to take off it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted May 21, 2016 - 07:02 PM

 now disassembled 

 

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Found the lift arms in a 5 gallon bucket of parts that came with the two decks when I bought the tractors so its good to know what else that bucket had in it. 

 

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I am really happy with the metal quality of this deck, perfect to restore! 

 

Oh and guess what I found 

 

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Posted May 22, 2016 - 04:43 PM

Got it  sanded down to bare metal today ...its sunday so I came in took a nap just woke up at 5:40...ok so I slept for 4 hours.

 

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Metal still has a few pit in it , most I will get out. I am going back out to do some more because I have to work tomorrow. But at least I got some rest in and play time in. 

 

 



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Posted May 22, 2016 - 07:10 PM

If I slept for 4 hrs in the afternoon, I'd be drugged for the rest of the day!


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Posted May 22, 2016 - 09:21 PM

If I slept for 4 hrs in the afternoon, I'd be drugged for the rest of the day!

Well I never did get back out there and work on the deck anymore....just made some coffee clean up the garage a bit and put things away and got on the computer.

 

I think I realized that a deck can be one of the easier things to acquire but finding the old ones in in good shape is not easy. It has to be the most often used attachment via population. It goes though a heck of a lot with the acidic grass and constant moisture its exposed to and if often over looked because its just so common. 

 

I was more excited to finish the tiller I just got first but thats stored away high and dry in my cottage. The decks were sitting outside in the weather and I had to figure out what was good or not so that I could get one of my attachment projects started. 

 

didn't take another photo of the rat infested deck yet but that was a patch job I was able to get a few good parts off it anyway. 


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Posted May 26, 2016 - 05:57 PM

Just to keep ya'll updated on how the mower deck is going.....Lots of work but got the underside almost finished today. this is what  underside looks like as I was expecting it to be worse then the top. At this point I will finish removing the rest of the old paint with my grinder then blast out the rust in the pitted area with my needle sander smooth out any imperfections with my belt and palm sander. I am going to leave the pitting alone and just dig deep to get out the rust. Although this is a restore I have to be practical because I plan to use this equipment again I just want it to last a lot longer and look better.

 

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Here are some of the tools I am using I also like swapping the 4-1/2 grinder over to a 36 grit sanding disk and well as pull out my finger sander for anything hard to reach. I will be doing many smaller parts and corners with that,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted May 27, 2016 - 04:32 PM

From old to new took this photo on my lunch break today got a lot more then this done.

 

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49 years old Geeeeez  


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Posted May 28, 2016 - 07:08 PM

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Finally got the sanding done. 

 

 

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Posted May 30, 2016 - 04:32 PM

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My wife said thanks for making her some wind chimes 

 

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Used my swing to hold my mower deck while I painted it, now my wife says I have to finish painting the swing.

 

Fun fun fun 

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Posted May 31, 2016 - 06:11 PM

Ok here we go it seems like this revamp is coming to an end. Everything is all painted but the mandrels, The mandrel on this deck have temkin cone bearings. Long lasting bearings if you take care of them. Because the grease inside tends to harden over the years these have been sitting in a 5 gallon bucket full of used motor oil (just cheap and does the trick) the motor oil softens the grease inside so that when you pump in new grease you get a really good lube. Its a very messy job to do but I recommend it if you do a deck. These things are spinning so quiet and smooth now and is the reason I did not paint them, but I am not worried about these rusting away anyway it was the deck I was most concerned with. 

 

Still have the rear deck hangers to paint and install and need to get a new belt cover (the one for the large deck was missing)  or modify the small one off the smaller deck to fit because thats the same shape just a tad to short. 

 

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Belt cover off the 42" sitting next to the 48" its a bit to short.

 

 



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Posted May 31, 2016 - 06:29 PM

Looking good! :thumbs:  :thumbs:

 

Just cut the ends off of the belt cover; only cover the outer mandrels and the belt that is not under the tractor. Leaving the center open will allow you to clean out all the grass clippings. Keeping the top of the deck free from clippings will preserve all the work you have done.



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Posted May 31, 2016 - 06:41 PM

Looking good! :thumbs:  :thumbs:

 

Just cut the ends off of the belt cover; only cover the outer mandrels and the belt that is not under the tractor. Leaving the center open will allow you to clean out all the grass clippings. Keeping the top of the deck free from clippings will preserve all the work you have done.

 

 

Thats a great Idea I was thinking about cutting it in the center pulling it to both ends then welding in an insert but I thing I like your idea better I have a bad rodent problem they are getting into anywhere they feel safe and that won't feel so safe. 

 

After all I only need to protect the foot area....


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