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Hulk II (1988 Craftsman II) 917.255919 Summer Refresh.


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#76 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted April 23, 2017 - 06:59 PM

Oil, patience, and some light tapping with the hammer.You might see if you can get the rubber handle off so the rust and gun in side can fall out. 

Any suggestions to get the rubber handle off? Heat gun to soften it up?


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Posted April 23, 2017 - 07:07 PM

Any suggestions to get the rubber handle off? Heat gun to soften it up?

Sounds like a good thing to try!


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Posted April 23, 2017 - 07:23 PM

I stuck a small flat blade screwdriver under the end of the handle and loosened it up, then used a piece of PVC that was cut in half long-ways to tap the rubber off. The plunger is still stuck, I PB'd it again.


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Posted April 24, 2017 - 07:33 AM

IF it is hollow on the plunger end try to hit the plunger end on a workbench and see if crud will fall out while it is upside down.


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Posted April 24, 2017 - 01:26 PM

I think it is jammed down the tapered divited section.

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Posted April 24, 2017 - 05:44 PM

I think it is jammed down the tapered divited section.

I may have on of those handles, Larry. Should be one out back, but not sure!


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Posted April 24, 2017 - 05:54 PM

Don't really need it, I was just trying to save this one. All three of my Craftsman's have good ones. But I'll keep that in mind.


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Posted April 25, 2017 - 09:08 PM

Still here, cleaning, sanding, cleaning, and painting more parts. This paint takes two days to harden enough for assembly. Should have enough done for some assembly this weekend.


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Posted April 26, 2017 - 08:33 PM

Had my DOH :hitting_self_roller: moment tonight. Putting the clutch assembly together I realized I wanted to use the 914 vs. the 919, as the 914 allows adjustment of the belt slack with the adjustable idler pulley. Both sets of pulleys are good, I just have to clean and paint the correct one, and put the finished one up for a spare. 

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Posted April 27, 2017 - 09:05 PM

Worked on the correct clutch assembly tonight. Got my spring spreader out to do the spring. Not sure which one is needed so I did both. Waiting on paint to dry.

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Posted April 29, 2017 - 05:57 PM

Who still drinks out of a water hose? I asked him to fill up a couple water jugs for me, and caught him in a Country Boy act!. Hulk II is progressing slowly, Seems every time I get something ready to install, something else has to be done first. Drive mule is done, but I am waiting for paint to dry on the engine plate before I can install it. Also, when installing the Hi-Lo lever, it is better to install it before the transaxle. A work around is to remove the clutch assemble so you can get the lever past the transaxle pulley. Brake and clutch are installed, working on getting the front axle on now.

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Posted April 29, 2017 - 06:13 PM

We drink out of the hose all the time. Good old fresh well water. 


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Posted April 30, 2017 - 01:12 PM

Aggravating morning, I decided to put together the steering upgrade, new brass bushing, new nylon inserts, metal support bracket. All was going good till the last nylon insert, It wasn't going in without destroying it. Tried oil, grease, finally went to the trusted backup, aluminum flashing. Got everything together with the proper number of thrust washers and it operated with no slop, then realized I either had to remove the steering coulomb and related controls and spring, or take the steering assembly back apart to install it. I did the later, Going to watch the race before I put this back together.  

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Posted April 30, 2017 - 02:47 PM

Steering in in, Turns tight and smooth. Used the repaired sector, works fine! Now installing the spindles,  Should have a rolling frame soon.

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Posted April 30, 2017 - 05:42 PM

We have a rolling frame. By back is sore from putting the back tires on. I think I'll take a break the rest of the evening. 

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