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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeWed Jul 31, 2019 9:48 pm

I agree about that humidity.

Little update.

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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeThu Aug 01, 2019 11:35 am

The winch bumper on the Craftsman is nice and sturdy, and Thor sounds Great!
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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeThu Aug 01, 2019 1:58 pm

Thanks! I also aired the tires up about 5psi over and they have held pressure since. I'll hold off on changing the rear tires.

Next wiring,
then exhaust,
put the deck back on and give it a mowing whirl.

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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeThu Aug 01, 2019 9:43 pm

Wiring done.

This is what I am thinking right now for Thor's muffler.  Chop the ends off and close them up, drill in 3 holes into the core.  2 on one side for the inlets and one on the other side for the exit.

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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri Aug 02, 2019 12:32 am

Yeah that plan didn't happen.  Muffler is about 3 inches too short for it.

Don't hate... Scream

This happened.

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Oh and the rear tires are still holding air.  Go figure.

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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri Aug 02, 2019 9:27 am

The dreaded pipe fittings!!!!


Haha, looking good Mighty!

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I was going to put the mower deck back on, but strangely enough.  I woke up this morning with rain.  LOL

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Haha, of course. The rain loves to ruin plans!
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Thor is back!

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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri Aug 02, 2019 6:04 pm

Nice job Mighty! Must feel great to be cutting with the ol' girl once again!

What size is the deck is on 'er, 42"?

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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri Aug 02, 2019 8:20 pm

Yeah a 42.

That 18hp briggs, just powered through the thick stuff!

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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri Aug 02, 2019 9:22 pm

Printed me off some age accurate stickers for the hood.

When I got the tractor.  (Black nose was a replacement)

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Stickers today!

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Pretty good reproduction if I say so myself.

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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Aug 03, 2019 10:51 pm

Mowed the front and half the back (approx 1 acre) and a deck vibration got a little worse.  At first I thought it was just belt slap, but the nice sound of bearing grind started to build.

Looks like I need to rebuild the center mandrel.  Need to get me a couple bearings and races.  If i can get that 42yr old part apart.

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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Aug 04, 2019 9:50 pm

Good news, the mandrel came apart nicely.  Races look pristine still and the bottom bearing has no play or grind in it.  Top bearing... well that is another story.  The bearing iself has a grind so it would need replaced.  The bigger issue is the shaft.  Looks like that bearing was froze at one time and scored a groove all the way around the shaft.

Thoughts on welding some tacks or something then turning it back down?  Heat weaken the shaft?

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PostSubject: Re: Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor"   Mighty's Sears Suburban "Thor" - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 19, 2019 8:49 pm

I guess if a roller bearing is going to go on it, you could probably get away with welding some on it and then grinding it back to shape. I would think if done carefully, you could do it all by hand and get it close. Might take some time though. Don't think the heat would hurt it too bad. On the other hand, a shop somewhere would probably be able to weld it all up and then turn it back down professional like, but by that time your probably better off buying another complete mower for the cost.

Cool machine, I didn't know they made suburbans with opposed's in them.
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I didn't update...

So asking around, I was told some red label JBWeld would work and sand it to match.  Appears to work great to at this point.  Mowed the yard after reinstall.  After that, i was cleaning up the work bench to find the 3 set screws for that pulley sitting on the bench.  

UGH!

Now I need to pull the deck back off and remove the cover and reinstall those set screws.

I have only seen a couple black and silver ones with a briggs.  Mine had an Onan, but it requires way too much work to run again.  I had a horizontal briggs on hand so I put it in.

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Oh ok. Was the hood bent to fit around the engine like that originally? It looks pretty cool.
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Yep! That's how it comes!

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