I picked up a 1253 with a 42" deck, Model 18423-01, a few months ago and am now getting around to working on it. It's been sitting in the barn since April. I got the tractor running this past week (yay!) which motivated me to work on the deck. The deck is in 90% condition. When I tried mounting it on the tractor however, I ran into problems. I took a look at the parts diagram for the deck and it appears I am missing the lift link, PN 1723205.
The tractor is a gear driven GT, I suspect I have to have this part. Looking at the diagram, it looks like a difficult part to fabricate.
Does anyone know where I might find one of these parts?