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Posted September 23, 2017 - 06:35 PM

Got a pin for the sleeve hitch, and the deck is back from my welder, as usual he didn't want complicated (I did offer) Still needed to deal with rust throughs but those are taken care of now. Just some basic sanding and a couple coats of paint and the shell will be done. This is on hold till I make sure my tent (yea I found it) will work for the TEDTEA.com tractor show. It is a priority right now. 

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Posted October 15, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Finally found time to get back on the 50" deck. It has seen a hard life. not sure what would have caused the blades to scrub the deck, looks like two did. There are some serious dents and gouges but shouldn't affect usage. Wire brushed and sanded with 60 grit, twice over. Knocked off all the rust bubbles and scrubbed with simple green. I should be able to get a couple coats of paint on this afternoon.     

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Posted October 16, 2017 - 07:20 PM

On the fence about how much detail (ie. sanding and painting) the parts seeing as this will be a mower and not a shower. I know paint slows rust, and I have plenty left over. I still need to buy or make some parts like the skids and deflector, but I have the expensive parts like the mandrills, blades, and idler pully available. Digging through the parts box for mandrill bolts.

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Posted October 17, 2017 - 06:06 AM

How did you get those bolts out of the mandrels? Every time I try, they break off. Steel bolts into aluminum is not a good thing.



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Posted October 17, 2017 - 09:57 AM

The mandrills came off Hulk II's deck, I had replaced them back on 2010 or so. The old OEM ones just about every bolt broke off. When I pulled these off all I had to do was hit the ratchet with a rubber mallet to loosen the bolts (can't remember if I used anti-seize or not). Hulk II got new mandrills and the old ones are still in good shape. I think I only mowed 3 or 4 times with.


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Posted October 21, 2017 - 07:08 PM

Adjusted the Seat back for me on BOH after Logan rode in the parade.
Took the tension off both lift assist springs. (used to support the deck, blade, and 500 lb carrier)



Working on the 50" deck still. Mandrills and blades painted (to prevent rust).
Working on a larger replacement brass bushing to replaces the nylon one on the idler pulley bracket.

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Posted October 22, 2017 - 03:40 PM

Got the beefier Brass Idler bushing finished, it is a 2 part bushing like the original nylon one except all brass with a larger bolt. Mandrills and blades are mounted. I ran into a striped bolt hole on one, and the only oversized bolt I had at the same length was a metric-10. Tap and die set is SAE. So after looking for a SAE bolt and no luck, I ran the Metric in, as it was tapered. Tightened up just fine. Next box of parts loaded up to go to the wash rack for cleaning. 

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Posted October 22, 2017 - 07:44 PM

Stopping point for tonight. These will dry till tomorrow evening and I'll flip them over for a second coat.

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Posted October 23, 2017 - 07:08 AM

Looking good, Larry!


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 08:39 AM

Thanks! Want to finish this up so I can do a quick winter service on RED, and finally get to the little project sitting under the tarp.


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Posted October 27, 2017 - 08:18 PM

Rough week at work again. Weather is starting to turn colder, shop heater is on tonight here. I was able to hit the hardware store on the way home this evening. Decided to splurge on new bolts instead of using the rusty ones. Pick up some flat stock for the runners. Not quite sure how I am going to make a tight bend on this yet. This one is off a 44" deck and won't fit, but gives me a pattern to go by.

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Posted October 28, 2017 - 05:41 AM

If shipping wasn't so much, I could make that on my bender.



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Posted October 28, 2017 - 09:35 AM

Thanks Kenny for the HF suggestion, I may get one later on but a little pricey. It seems like it can be bent cold, but some heat may help on the sharp bend. For now I was thinking of making a jig on the calico trailer. I have some spacers from the John Deere restore that should work. All I need to do is drill some holes and bolt these down. I also have the optional gauge wheel kit that is NLA, planning to get the front roller from a Boat shop. The 12" rubber rollers that are used on a boat trailer should work a treat.

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Posted October 28, 2017 - 01:02 PM

I am not sure what would have caused this, but something has hit the mounts and knocked them out of wack. The Right side isn't too bad, but the left side is spread far enough to cause the lock pin to bind, and the front roller would be kiltered. I have removed the Left mount to see if I can adjust it some with a BFH. 

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Posted October 28, 2017 - 02:52 PM

Thanks Kenny for the HF suggestion, I may get one later on but a little pricey. It seems like it can be bent cold, but some heat may help on the sharp bend. For now I was thinking of making a jig on the calico trailer. I have some spacers from the John Deere restore that should work. All I need to do is drill some holes and bolt these down. I also have the optional gauge wheel kit that is NLA, planning to get the front roller from a Boat shop. The 12" rubber rollers that are used on a boat trailer should work a treat.

I used boat rollers on the Ford deck. Worked great and will last longer!






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