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#1 Suburban Sam OFFLINE  

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 06:48 PM

000_0419.jpg I own a 1968 Sears Suburban 12. My brother and I just got done repairing the mower deck and was test running it when I lost my steering. It turns out that the steering arm back behind the engine came apart. The ball separated from the socket. Does anybody have one of these that I could purchase? I sure would appreciate some help. I need my tractor for my mowing and its no fun pushing a lawn mower! Thanks in advance!:mad2:

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 08:02 PM

Sam, I think this is what you are looking for. Hope it helps

1974 Sears Suburban SS16 ST drag link | eBay

If you look, you can see a tape measure on the table, for reference.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 09:19 PM

Thanks a lot for your reply! It says on the description that one end of the part is frozen. I wonder if that could be freed up with penetrating oil, and if so, would the joint still be ok? What do you think?

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 09:46 PM

First off, :welcome:

2nd, do you have a torch? Just the other night, I had to fix the one on my Craftsman.

If you cherry the area around the hole, you can peen the end of the bar a little, then use a punch and hammer to go around. Note: make sure you keep turning the ball. Most have a spot that is more worn than the rest.

If no torch, can you cut it and carefully grind it down so 3/8 threads can be put on it... Then you can buy an aftermarket ball and screw it on. I suppose you could tap into the bar and use an "allthread" piece in the end to screw a regular ball on.

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Posted May 27, 2011 - 12:49 PM

Thanks for the welcome! I think I may order the part and try what you suggested to free up the end. It must not be too easy to find that part. I have been looking on e-Bay and haven't had any luck. Thanks again for your help!:smile1:

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Posted May 27, 2011 - 01:28 PM

Welcome to the forum, Suburban Sam.
Glad to have you with us.

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Posted May 27, 2011 - 04:34 PM

Good Luck Sam, Alan has some good idea's for fixing your part, if you don't want to buy the part I found for you...

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Posted June 03, 2011 - 03:07 PM

Just wanted to say thanks a lot for finding the part I needed on E-Bay. I heated up the end and got it free, and it is working for me. It was about an inch longer but it still worked fine. I am going to see if I can find someone to repair the other one. Thanks again!




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