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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs - Page 10 Icon_minitimeWed Jul 01, 2020 9:32 pm

I don't believe so. The only separate starter related part that I know they sell is the mount piece thingy...

This piece...

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I had texted the original owner to see if he still had the original starter and he didn't so yeah. Hopefully this lady buys it.
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs - Page 10 Icon_minitimeFri Jul 03, 2020 8:08 pm

Welp, starter came in! Works fine. Honestly not all that impressed, but it is what it is. She's for sale again. Looks like the lady is not going to buy it, but she doesn't know it. We're going to try to sell the Yard Machine to her since it sounds like it will suite her needs better. Anyway, We're up to an estimated grand total of $350 and down to $750 on the price. Not as good of an investment as I thought it would be, but it's still a pretty nice profit!

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Okay, I don't know what is happening but things are insane over here. Maybe it'll make a little more sense to me after I post this. Anyway, we sold the Yard Machine.

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And bought it back the next day.

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Too much smoke. So guess what. The oppy days for the YM are done. It was a beast, but this tractor has to sell. So we're gonna put a Briggs single on it and hopefully get this money pit outta here.

Anyway, I picked up the lady's Hechinger MTD with a bad trans. I'll eventually have a video that covers the entire saga of the Hechinger but I'll need a little time to edit it. Anyway, I sharpened the blades, straightened up the hood, and pulled the trans. I have to go buy a trans from the junkyard and put that one in. I also have to replace the rear drive belt. Maybe do the headlights too. Anyway, I just have it to do the work. I didn't buy it, just replacing the trans. In all it'll be about $125 of work.

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Check out this damage....

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You can't see it very well, but the shaft is super worn.

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Anyway, I'll be working on this for a little bit.

I also picked up the Wizard's deck. 46" of pure American 12 gauge steel! I'm saving this project for a day that I can do nothing but work on it. It needs a lot.

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The JD rebuild will commence after the Wizard is fully functional.

Now get this, we're going to deliver the T1200 to the same guy who bought the 16.5 LT1000 tomorrow. Because we're getting the LT1000 back. I don't understand. Anyway, the only things that I know I'm gonna do to it is maybe clean all the power connections, fill the relays will dielectric grease and wash it. Then I'm going to sell it again. So technically I'll be getting my payment for the T1200 in 2 different payments from 2 different people. Whatever. I've been running everyone I know through my head trying to figure out who would buy this thing. Anyway, hopefully I'll have it sold pretty quick.


AND, the 15.5 Kohler Craftsman will be making a return to this thread believe it or not. Nothing wrong with it luckily. They just want it serviced. That shouldn't be around more than a day or 2.

AND, we're looking at getting 4 more tractors to sell. It's time to start clearing stuff out.
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs - Page 10 Icon_minitimeThu Jul 09, 2020 8:52 pm

We have acquired our first ZERO TURN....

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Our neighbor gave it to us. It looks like one heck of a rat nest. The tarp has disintegrated so it's obviously been sitting a LOOOONG time. I believe it has a 16 HP Kohler Command V-twin. It has a freaking joystick instead of handles. I don't know.

Anyway, I picked up some FNR trannies... $50 for 2.

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I think they're in pretty good shape. One is questionable but we'll see. All the wheels are rusted on of course, but I'll get them off.

We sold the T1200 and picked up the old LT1000...

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The relays are very temperamental but it should be fine.  The little bushing thingy on the governer linkage was missing because they were messing around in there when it wouldn't start. That's a long sad story. But anyway, I put a new one on and the throttle works again so. The alternator wasn't working because of a relay er somethin but hey it works now so whatever. Other than that, it was how I sold it. I think I have a buyer lined up for it tomorrow so we'll see if it even makes it back on the market.
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Things have still been crazy over here. We did not sell the LT1000. It broke upon delivery..................................

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Anyway, that kinda pissed me off, (the main reason it didn't sell is just because it's not what the buyer was looking for), so I decided to fix the 3 "quirks" that it has. One was that you would have to kick the solenoid to get it to turn over. Turned out to be a loose wire. Got that fixed. Then I pulled the deck and cut a little piece that was catching on the deck brake causing the blades to not shut off. Only thing left is when you push the clutch pedal to far, the plastic idler starts to burn on the engine pulley. Not a real issue, and it's more work than it's worth to fix it. So anyway, now it's REALLY doing good. It's back on the market.

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The Hechinger is a pain. I put a new trans in it and the pulley is too low. I go to take it off, and it turns out it's rusted on like nothing else. Even if I could get it off, I know I'll find a spline shaft instead of the keyed shaft I need. So either way, I'm screwed with this trans. The only option I'm left with is to pull the second trans apart, and rebuild the original trans with this one's internals. I'm technically losing money with labor at this point, but if I don't go this route, then I'm losing a whole lot more money. Anyway, I can't wait to have this thing outta here.

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I screwed up the Wizard. I think I got the starter fixed. We'll see. If I can get to 15 successful starts than I will consider it fixed. Anyway, the steering is done for. There is no such thing as a left turn anymore. She's done for. So I went to change the gearbox or whatever the heck it is and replace it with the steering out of the GT6000 we scrapped last year. Anyway, to change it, you of course have to pull the steering rod. The main problem, it cannot come out through the top. It has to be pulled from under the mower. In order to do that, the mower needs to be about 4 feet in the air. So for me that means you have flip it over. The problem with this, the little splinish looking silver thingy is stuck on the shaft.

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Anyone who has had to pull the steering rod on a real GT6000 probably knows what I'm talking about. I'm sure Mighty, Richie and Allis had to deal with this. Anyway, I gave 'er a real nice blow with the bammer hoping it would break loose. Instead it just screwed up the threads in the shaft. So now, I can't even get the bolt in. I can guarantee I'll have a bolt in it next time I work on it. 110%. Anyway, I'm gonna be going back and forth with this beast. Oh, also, the 46" deck doesn't mount the same. Yay! It's back to looking when it comes to the deck.

The zero turn is a Country Clipper. Turns out it has a 18 horse Kohler Command, 50" deck that needs some welding, and no one's interested in what the heck type trannies it has. I don't even know. Anyway, we went and picked it up about 3 days ago.

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We already put new hydro fluid in, new oil, new fuel filter, new plugs, pressure washed the living crap out of it, cleaned out the tank, fresh gas, fresh battery, cleaned up the wiring, put the rear tires back on the rims and filled 'em up, put some tire sealant in the rear tires (all the tires hold air now), sharpened the blades, changed the PTO switch, tightened up a buncha bolts, put a shroud and pulley covers on, changed a hydro fan, rebuilt the brakes, and she's a mowing great now! Mowed about 2 acres with it.

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Now it needs an air filter, new seat cushions, some welding on the deck, and I think that's it. It's missing some side covers but that's fine. Anyway, hopefully there will only be 1 to 2 more crazy updates left this year. It's just been insane.
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs - Page 10 Icon_minitimeThu Jul 16, 2020 9:55 pm

Well. The ole 15.5 horse Craftsman is back... and he brought a friend...

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With a scary engine...

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Anyway, they both need about $125 worth of work. Of course, I'm charging labor, so really they only need about $60 parts. The 15.5 has a cracked frame somehow. They both have busted hoods. But anyway, shouldn't take me more than a day to get them both 90% done. Already pressure washed both. The Troy was INSANELY dirty. Maybe we'll call it the Dirt-Bilt.

Before...
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MUCH better. I even did a video of washing them. I'll post that up later. Anyway they shouldn't be around long.

The plan for the "Heck"inger (That's it's new name now.... "Heckinger") fell through like usual. I wasted a lot of my day finding out that MTD built 3,361 slightly different versions of the FNR. I found out that just about every internal part of the FNR is not interchangeable with others. So I just decided to slap everything back together and throw it all in the parts pile. There's footage of me cutting perfectly good MTD rear axles in half so I could have my wheels. I'm sure that will be painful for some of you to watch. Just know it sure did feel good when I cut them. I'm still not sorry.

Anyway, the pulley was not as rusted as I thought. I ended up taking the trans back out and putting a different pulley on that had a spline. Turned out to fit just right. THANK GOD. I was gonna go crazy. I cut the wheels off of the trans and put her 18's on. Made sure to clean up the shafts and grease them when I put the wheels on... Hopefully they don't rust on again for a good while. Anyway, now I'm waiting for the new belt to put the rest together. Hopefully the saga of the Heckinger is coming to a close.

The zero turn....

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I don't know what even.... Just, I dunno. I guess I'll explain this in the next post. This is still a developing situation...
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Got the steering box out of the Wizard. It mainly needs bearings, but I'm just gonna replace everything.

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The zero turn is fixed again. All I'm gonna say about it is that one of the belts needed to be changed. It's a long sad story but it's mowing again so I won't waste the time it will take to write it up.

The Heckinger was gone. The belt worked and I mowed 2 1/2 acres with it before giving it back. I ended up getting $200 for the trans swap. She paid too much, I didn't get enough, so I think that's pretty fair. Anyway, we got a call 4-5 hours after we delivered it that the trans blew. So my dad went over there with the Exmark (which is finally starting to hurt) and mowed her yard because it was getting way too high. He brought the Heckinger back and it turned out that the bearings in the Vari-drive pulley went out and the front belt wedged itself in the pulley. So it needs a new Vari-drive pulley and maybe a front belt now.

Craftsman Squarebody is just sitting around right now. It needs some money put into it to actually be useful.

The YM is needing a deck belt and a new engine. He's getting a Briggs single and getting it out of his hair.

The Exmark is having some electrical trouble and is trying to die when you idle it down I think. Anyway, I'm not gonna touch it so it doesn't matter to me.

The Husqvarna and JD both have dead batteries right now, so we have charge those guys up.

The 16.5HP Craftsman is SOLD.

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$375 and we had to deliver it an hour away. The plan was to pay $350 and he gives me the Husqy you see in the pic there, but he got it running when we we're on our way. So we told him to keep it. Anyway, he still bought the LT1000 and gave us a little four wheeler. Anyway, the LT1000 is gone.

The 15.5 horse LT1000 is done aside from welding the frame and deck. And maybe belts.

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The Troy is done aside from a new front drive belt (which literally means taking the deck off, putting it on it's side, literally taking the clutch apart, taking the engine pulley off, and pulling the Vari-drive pulley off. (which is wedged up in the corner of the frame) If anyone thinks a widebody is hard to change the belt on, think again. You need to try a 2014 Troy-Bilt Bronco with an "automatic." The newer the tractor, the harder the belt is to change). Anyway....

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They shouldn't be around past Thursday.

The Craftsman:                                                                                
The Troy:
-Spark plug                                                                                      
-Spark Plug
-Air filter                                                                                          
-Air filter
-Oil change                                                                                      
-Oil change
-Oil filter                                                                                          
-Oil filter
-Fuel filter                                                                                        
-Fuel filter
-Fuel lines                                                                                        
-Fuel lines
-Cleaned deck                                                                                  
-Cleaned deck
-Sharpened blades                                                                            
-Sharpened blades
-Hood repairs                                                                                    
-Hood Repairs
-Pressure wash                                                                                  
-Pressure wash
-Greased spindles and wheels                                                            
-Light bulbs
                                                                                                       
-Drive Belts
                                                                                                       
-OHV gasket
                                                                                                       
-Pulled engine cover and cleaned fins

That's what's been done. All that's left is a front drive belt for the Troy, and welding for the frame and deck and maybe belts for the Craftsman. Hopefully.

Update/pressure wash video...

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Alright, Troy-Bilt is done! Put a new front belt on and she's going good. I think it needs a head gasket, but that's not my problem unless he says so.

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Pulled the motor out of the YM today. Single cylinder Briggs coming soon. Apparently this motor is getting fully rebuilt with new pistons and everything... I don't know...

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You all know the story thus far on the Heckinger. Anyway, I put a new front belt on it and now I'm just waiting on the Variable speed pulley and the dipstick O-ring. I also found the worst spindle I've ever seen. It is SUPER worn out. So I'll probably have to order one of those too.

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Well, Craftsman and Troy are gone. $200 for Troy, $250 for the Craftsman. The welding was $130, so yeah it made it pretty expensive.


Also, this guy got a hold of me on Letgo and gave me this John Deere L111...

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The hood is not in existence like usual. And it looks kind of rusty as far as paint goes. I thought I could get away with it until my brother pressure washed it and found this...

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Hehehe. It's crunchy under there. I'll be putting a new body on it.

Anyway, my brother cleaned the carb before I could even get time to look it over and it runs. This 20 horse puts the L120's 20 horse to shame. I wouldn't be surprised if the L120 has 15 HP or something. Something is really wrong with the L120. Anyway, this list shows everything I've ordered and still need to get/do...

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The plan is to pretty much restore it and sell it for a high price. I thought the spindles on the Heckinger were bad.... Haha! I don't even know how this thing still mowed. The bearings are literally not there. The amount of movement is indescribable. Anyway, I'm gonna completely rebuild the deck.

The K46 hydro runs super smooth, but the cooling fan looks exactly like the fan on my Murray's hydro did. It's just not there. And the clutch is super rattly because it BBQ'ed the pulley. So I've got a new one on the way.

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As it sits now...

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And I need to have it done by the end of the month.

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