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Hulk II (1988 Craftsman II) 917.255919 Summer Refresh.


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Posted March 19, 2017 - 08:34 PM

  I purchased Hulk II back in May 2010 for $80.00 and performed a complete restore (In the non-air-conditioned shed). Hulk II has performed flawlessly with heavy yard blade working of rocks and dirt, pulling large bushes, towing a heavy trailer, and at times picking up mowing duties. Overall Hulk II has been a very reliable machine. The Refresh is mainly to bring back his luster, add a few upgrades which will convert him from a 917.255919 to a 917.255914 model, and give me something to do after work. I’ll apply the many the lessons learned from my previous restores.  I don’t think I’ll need to spend the usual two grand + on him but a couple hundred should do, we will see.

The list of things I plan to do are;

  1. Sand and re-paint (Forest Green).
  2. Add Craftsman Decals
  3. Add new Hulk II Decal
  4. Change Transaxle Fluid
  5. Install new Drive belt.
  6. Sand and Re-Paint Rims (Gloss Black)
  7. Add Clutch Idler Pulley.
  8. Add Metal Steering Collar.
  9. Check steering bushings.
  10. Refresh Engine
    1. De-carbon
    2. Check Valve lash
    3. Paint
    4. Filters
    5. Oil Change
  11. Add LED Headlight mod.
  12. Fix / replace the tail lights with LED’s
  13. New seat, Move old one to RED.
  14. Clean, sand, and re-paint Deck (Was only used a couple times)

Correct other minor things as I go along. Should keep me busy over the summer.

 

With the steering and clutch Idler upgrades, this will change Hulk II’s Model number from 917.255919 to 917.255914

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Posted March 19, 2017 - 09:00 PM

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Posted March 20, 2017 - 08:47 PM

This evenings relaxation, Cleaned the shop out to make room for parts. Removed the Deck, Hood, Seat, Battery, and drained the gas. Don't want to do it all at once so here is my stopping point for the evening.

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Posted March 21, 2017 - 08:22 PM

Tonight's progress, Engine removed, Fire wall removed, Foot rests and fender pan removed, gas tank removed. Add another item to my list, new fuel line. Tomorrow I'll remove the steering tower and wire harness. This will give me a rolling frame that I can pressure wash this weekend before final dissemble.
Finding it challenging to find places for the large parts, but I did.

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Posted March 22, 2017 - 08:38 PM

Well, after discussing it with Dave, I think some upgraded wiring is in order. The PTO switch was modified with a standard DPST type and wired to allow the safety to function properly. This was one of my earlier modifications. Maybe I should convert it back to the regular $45.00 switch. Hmmmmm. The wire harness needs a good make over to get rid of all the butt connectors, I also need to add the LED headlight and tail light circuit.
I am down to a rolling frame, got the air ratchet out, things went quicker. It needs pressure washed now, I think the gasket is bad on the Transaxle shifter due to all the crud there, I have a new one available. I may go ahead and pull the steering assembly as it is being upgraded also, as long as I can still roll it out of the shop. Gloss Black and Silver paint is on my shopping list. I guess I am not happy unless I have a GT scattered about the shop.

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Posted March 25, 2017 - 10:45 AM

I mowed the front yard in the dark yesterday evening with RED, Couldn't tell how well he did till this morning, Wow! Evening mowing is definitely possible now with the LED's (still have a issue (flickering) that needs worked out. Moved everyone out so I could pressure wash Hulk II's rolling frame. Next step is to get him on jack stands for final dissemble. The fields are getting really colorful now.  

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Posted March 26, 2017 - 03:14 PM

Well, after a full weekend of mowing, and even helping the neighbor with some weed whacking I was able to take Hulk II further apart. Things are looking good, steering column has a ton of slop from the cracked plastic brace, but that will be taken care of. If you need to remove the rubber wheel and spindle caps, heat them with a heat gun, this way you can get them off without tearing them up. Watching the Race now.

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Posted March 26, 2017 - 04:12 PM

Looks mighty green down there! Getting that way up here! I put a little 10-20-10 on the yard the other day.


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Posted March 26, 2017 - 04:26 PM

I don't put anything down except ant killer. This used to look like this when I mover here 20+ years ago. Here is the back border, and Yep still have these!

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Posted March 26, 2017 - 04:40 PM

I don't put anything down except ant killer. This used to look like this when I mover here 20+ years ago. Here is the back border, and Yep still have these!

Mine's still alive!


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Posted March 26, 2017 - 04:58 PM

Teardown is almost complete. Break band looks in good shape! All that is left is un-mounting the tires. We will see how well the bead breaker works. Son got a new camera and caught me in action.

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Posted March 26, 2017 - 06:26 PM

Bead breaker worked great on the 8" rims, taking a break the rest of the evening, storms art supposed to be rolling in.

 

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Posted March 26, 2017 - 08:13 PM

Here is what the front rim looks like. I'll break the other tires down this week. I need pick up new valve stems so I can clean. sand and repaint the rims Hulk Green.

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Posted March 26, 2017 - 08:18 PM

Larry as usual you do one heck of a job! Right down to rails off!! :0


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Posted March 27, 2017 - 06:31 PM

Stopped and picked up some paint on the way home. Tires are un-mounted, had to fight a bit with the AGS as they have a "Rim Guard" making it a little difficult getting the bead breaker under the rim. But once there I could sit on a stool and crank the tool down. A couple different areas on the rim and "pop"! Taking a break the rest of the evening.... well till I think of something else to do.

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