Got the flywheel off and found a lot of oily crud in there. Going to do a new crank seal. Gave it another dose of Purple Power and a rinse with the power washer. Everything cleaned up pretty good. I then went to work on the motor mounting plate. It is 1/2" x 10" x 10 1/2" Found that the front mounting feet of the motor were going to be over top of the rear bolts that hold the axle mount. Hadn't planned on that happening! Sort of same situation as the cast iron Kohler that had been installed when I got the tractor. Decided to stay with plan A and use the plate with spacers to let the motor sit over top of the axle mount bolt heads. The motor sat on spacers when it was in the Cub and the motors mount in these tube frame tractors on spacers so I see no big deal with this. I suppose I could have made a mount with bar stock or angle iron that took the place of the 1/2" plate. I kind of like the solid plate sandwiched in there to stiffen the front of the frame. Four bolts go up through the original motor mounting holes into threaded holes in the plate. Then the "new" motor sits on four studs with the spacers. I made the spacers by stacking 3 flat washers together and adding a spot of weld on the side to hold them together. It's all coming back off to be cleaned up and painted. I also will buy some new bolts to use instead of the mismatched ones I dug out of my stash. I mounted the PTO assembly too as I wanted to make sure the motor was sitting in correct alignment for the v-belts to run in the pulleys. I also tried the hood to see if that would fit. It goes down over the valve covers ok but there might be a clearance issue with the air cleaner lid and maybe the loop on the end of the dip-stick. Neither of these are huge issues and I might be able to fudge the bottom of the hood and or the hinge a wee to over come it. Hood isn't a big concern as it has already been carved on, if I alter it bit more it's no big deal. Also dug out a piece of copper tube and started bending a fuel line to reach from the tank to the front near where the fuel pump mounts on the air shroud. Left the tube long where it curves up around the air shroud and will cut it back for length when I figure out where the filter fits best before attaching to the pump. That was it for today. Stay tuned.
Edited by Dave in NY, September 04, 2020 - 08:10 PM.