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PostSubject: My Craftsman II   Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:03 am

Hey, it seems this is a popular chassis. Anyways This is my Craftsman II mower that I got over the summer. It needed work. Came with a garage tecumseh that would never run right (nothing really against tecumseh I just dont perfer them) so I found a Briggs 12.5 flathead from a friend I installed. I started by removing the tecumseh and cleaned alot of the chassis just to pass time (this was over summer break). My freind was working a little ways down the road in a new housing develoment so I would just bring him the parts. I decided to get the transaxle locked up to posi so I can have way more off road capabilities. When I got it back I thought it got wrecked but it happend to be that the person accidently didnt align the shift keys perfect. When I got it back for the second time, I installed it and waited for the motor. When i got the motor it tunred out to be a direct bolt in so that was good. Took a little while to get all the wiring setup properly but I did have to make a kill switch. I rode it around the cabin from augest long till around November and now it is parked. So that part sucks. But I recently got another free older craftsman. Here are some pictures and youtube videos. (Also have dibs on a 25hp v twin 44 CI)





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPsL8P34DZU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mILyRThUTP4
WHEN THE TRANNY WAS WRONG
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PostSubject: Re: My Craftsman II   Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:40 am

Cool, I really like that green engine shroud. I like working on these craftsman chassis.... At first I thought they where kinda cheap, but now, after tearing it apart, I think they might be better built then my murray Mad I like the murray the way it is though. It seem to do allright in most situations.

What are you future plans for this machine? scratch
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PostSubject: Re: My Craftsman II   Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:01 am

@FearlessFront wrote:
Cool, I really like that green engine shroud. I like working on these craftsman chassis.... At first I thought they where kinda cheap, but now, after tearing it apart, I think they might be better built then my murray Mad I like the murray the way it is though. It seem to do allright in most situations.

What are you future plans for this machine? scratch
Uh, well like my post said I have dibs on a 44 C.I briggs v twin. My powermech teacher gave me another older craftsman (this one is red) with im pretty sure a 7hp teccy. This crafstmans steering is loose but i think i will just weld in a new peice of metal at both steering knuckles. Other then that, the other free craftsman from my powermech teacher is smaller. I think a 25 would be to much juice for that so hopefully the 25 on this craftsman and the 12.5 on the free craftsman. If I dont decide to get that 25 from my freind then hopefully the 7hp isnt trash. And I also hope to get some mud tires, something with better grip rather then my stupid slicks


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PostSubject: Re: My Craftsman II   Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:16 am

That's gonna rock with a v twin. Those Craftsman chassis seem pretty good, any by the looks of it theyre really common too, so good for getting parts. Cant wait to see more!
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PostSubject: Re: My Craftsman II   Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:49 am

Id like to find a vtwin- put that on one of the tractors..... Id really like to get my 20HP onan going- id use that on my mod wheelhorse or wizard .

Craftsmans ( older ones) are built tougher- altho on my weedeater tractor ( built by craftsman) is the exception- the steering has a large plastic block where the main gear and arm intersect- and of course mine was all worn out- instead of spending a ton of cash for another piece of plastic, i took it apart, bored out the openings with a wood spade bit, cut a copper bushing to fit both the piece and the shafts , greased it all up and works perfect now. ill haveta admit- it took a ton of work to get that tractor back into shape, but its different looking and cool.

At the moment i have like 6 craftsmans in various states ( some run- some dont - yet)
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PostSubject: Re: My Craftsman II   Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:39 pm

well v twin plans could be on the backburner. I really want to dump some money into my yamaha phazer fx snowmobile. Unless I make enough money to buy upgrades and a v twin, the mower with stick with a great 12.5
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PostSubject: Re: My Craftsman II   Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:31 am

12.5HP briggs are fine ( the IC series- i have 2 tractors with those motors)- however the 12.5 powerbuilts arent- ive gotten 3 tractors with the 12.5 powerbuilt motors and all had shattered rods- apparantly the rods were cast weak and have a tendency to break, an upgrade for those motors is a rod from a 14.5HP OHV briggs- a direct better replacement.
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PostSubject: Re: My Craftsman II   Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:09 pm

@dangeroustoys56 wrote:
12.5HP briggs are fine ( the IC series- i have 2 tractors with those motors)- however the 12.5 powerbuilts arent- ive gotten 3 tractors with the 12.5 powerbuilt motors and all had shattered rods- apparantly the rods were cast weak and have a tendency to break, an upgrade for those motors is a rod from a 14.5HP OHV briggs- a direct better replacement.
Well my shroud says I/C so I guess its a I/C. Ive never overrevved my motor anyways
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PostSubject: Re: My Craftsman II   Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:40 pm

I never over rev mine either. No point when its stock. Some people who have tons of spare motors can maybe afford to, but I look after my stuff.
I have revved them before, sometimes fun when you're mowing the grass and as your down just for a couple of seconds. But Ive only done that once or twice.
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PostSubject: Re: My Craftsman II   Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:52 pm

I dont like over revving my stuff either- actually i dont like cranking em way up to mow either (grass never grows that high anyway).

That was a purpose behind my trying to get a bone stock governed 18.5HP opposed twin over 40 mph plus ( which i think is totaly do able). Herd too many ( and seen pics) of a flywheel explode. I had my modifed murray half throttle and 3rd gear and it was hauling.
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PostSubject: Re: My Craftsman II   Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:18 pm

Well I do hope to find some more off road friendly tires for this machine and I am working on a open exhaust tommorow!
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