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PostSubject: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season Icon_minitimeSun Feb 07, 2021 4:28 pm

Where we left off... (2019/2020 Season)

Okay, so I think we left off talking about the Poulan. So we've been down in FL for the past week and will be back in two weeks to hopefully pick up the Poulan. BUT, my brother managed to get it going on the original carb. It now already runs drives and mows (if it had blades on it). Still a bunch to do, but once we get it up here I think we can have it done and ready to go in two to three weeks.

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The Husqvarna is FINISHED. Had to get an older seat at the junkyard and it still wasn't a very good match. Honestly a terrible match. It's uncomfortable, it doesn't look great, it didn't even fit. But I made it work. It had come off the backing so I cleaned it off and put some liquid nail on there, but it didn't do right in the cool weather, so that came out terrible too. The top came out alright, but the bottom isn't even connected.

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Anyway, it's done and ready to go.




So the Poulan is still in Tampa. BUT, the L110 has arrived at our garage in NC!

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The deck is TERRIBLE. One thing I've come to realize is that every time we get a JD, the worst spindle ever record is shattered. I can't even begin to explain my confusion on how the spindles have become this bad. Anyway, literally EVERYTHING has to be replaced on the deck besides the brackets and maybe the shell. I mean everything is shot.

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If I can get a perfect deck for $150, I'm just gonna scrap this one.

I've got a whole bunch of parts from the other 2 we restored and the L100 parts. So it's not too bad. Of course, we have to follow tradition and restore it. So eventually here I'm gonna break it down to frame. Trans needs a fluid change, motor needs a tune up and maybe a starter rebuild. Frame is just gonna need some TLC and a set of pulleys. Body needs repainted and some trim pieces (have those). Needs a seat (have that). Needs a hood. Needs front wheel bushing and maybe steering spindles and it needs rear tires. So yeah. LOTS of work and money needed for this boi. Hopefully the teardown will start in a week or two.

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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season Icon_minitimeSun Feb 07, 2021 7:56 pm

Whew, that looks like a lot of work! With the Deere I wonder if maybe you would be better off buying a parts machine and making one from the 2. Looking at the fender pan on it I think a polish would do it just fine except on the rust. A random orbit polisher can be had for $75 from hazard fright or 130 from porter cable. It sounds like a lot but 3 cans of paint for each tractor at 15 a tractor and 5 tractors worth of repainted would cover it. Patch the rust spots first and then buff and it will be a bit easier on the wallet. That and the finish will be a bit shinier) Also with the front end, have you considered switching them out for bearings? They are about the same price if you buy them online last I checked. (Likely 2x at the jd dealer cause it’s green lol). Anywho, can’t wait to see them necromanced! Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season 2731072446
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season Icon_minitimeSun Feb 07, 2021 11:47 pm

Yeah I would've bought a parts tractor, but my L111's body (you can find that on page 10 of the 2020 season) was rusted through, so I bought a parts L100 for it. Plus I have a bunch of parts from the L111 and L120. So I'm stocked on L series JD parts.

I'm most likely gonna just repaint the entire body. I need to order another six pack of JD green paint from HD. I mainly repaint the whole tractor because the paint is never an exact match. I usually just take a grinder with a sanding wheel, sand the rust and flaking paint off, prime it, and then apply 2-3 coats of paint. I've done it once before, and so has my brother. I really hope I don't get any more L series JD's this year because tradition means another restoration. lol!

Yeah I thought about bearings, but I have a bunch of junk wheels and tires. I'm pretty sure I can find a set of good bushings. Matter of fact, the wheels on the front of the Mountain Murray are from the scrap wheel pile. Just threw some tubes in 'em and they were good to go. If the bearings are cheap enough, I might get some in like a 10 pack or something, but right now the plan is to pop some good ones in.
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season Icon_minitimeSun Feb 21, 2021 9:11 am

I have an LA125 john deere its a peice of junk
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season Icon_minitimeSun Feb 21, 2021 10:17 am

@Murraymountain wrote:
Yeah I would've bought a parts tractor, but my L111's body (you can find that on page 10 of the 2020 season) was rusted through, so I bought a parts L100 for it. Plus I have a bunch of parts from the L111 and L120. So I'm stocked on L series JD parts.

I'm most likely gonna just repaint the entire body. I need to order another six pack of JD green paint from HD. I mainly repaint the whole tractor because the paint is never an exact match. I usually just take a grinder with a sanding wheel, sand the rust and flaking paint off, prime it, and then apply 2-3 coats of paint. I've done it once before, and so has my brother. I really hope I don't get any more L series JD's this year because tradition means another restoration.  lol!

Yeah I thought about bearings, but I have a bunch of junk wheels and tires. I'm pretty sure I can find a set of good bushings. Matter of fact, the wheels on the front of the Mountain Murray are from the scrap wheel pile. Just threw some tubes in 'em and they were good to go. If the bearings are cheap enough, I might get some in like a 10 pack or something, but right now the plan is to pop some good ones in.

Here’s a ten pack for $17- don’t know how long they would last but probably longer than bushings will. https://www.amazon.com/XiKe-Flanged-Bearings-Applicable-Wheelbarrows/dp/B01MF5A4GF/ref=sr_1_9?crid=YRUOZWTY2GD4&dchild=1&keywords=3%2F4+x+1+3%2F8+flanged+bearing&qid=1613920521&sprefix=3%2F4+x+1+3%2F8+%2Caps%2C160&sr=8-9
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Thanks! I'll look into those!
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I run those in Red and Kal.  I was able to successfully blow a set of those in '19 Haspin.  LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season Icon_minitimeThu Feb 25, 2021 6:54 pm

Okay, so we picked up FOUR new rigs! The Toro, and both Craftsmans have 20 horse Briggs Intek singles. The Troy has an 18.5 Horse Briggs single AVS. All have 42" Decks. The Toro and Troy have FNRs with pedals of course, the LT2000 has a 6 speed MST, and the other Craftsman has a hydro. That one has a blown motor. All the others have compression. Both Craftsmans roll in gear. The Toro's deck is seized, the Troys deck has fallen off, and the blown Craftsman's body is beat to heck. Anyway, we're gonna probably try to get the L110 and Husqvarna done before we start these bois.

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The L110 restoration has started...

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I changed the fluid in the trans already, so the trans is done. It needed it BADLY. Frame is now ready for paint prep. Everything that had to come off is off.


This is the pile of good parts, some still need to be paint prepped, but the majority is just waiting to be put back on.

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The motor is pretty much done. I'll know once it's on the tractor. I put a spark plug and air filter in it but other than that it didn't even need anything else. So I'm considering it ready to be put on the tractor.

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The Husqvarna got an oppy swap. The 16 horse oppy runs like a champ! It also got rewired. Way better than before. The seat safety and reverse safety doesn't work but other than that everything works. We gotta rebuild the steering, revamp the deck, and tune up the oppy and it's ready to go for sale!
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season   Murraymountain's Lawn Tractor Repairs 2021/2022 Season Icon_minitimeThu Feb 25, 2021 9:12 pm

Man, you’ve been working hard! I think you can get more for that LT2000 if you wax it and repaint the deck shell, but that’s just my 2c.
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I might be able to get more for the LT2000 if I push it. $400 is reasonable but I'd be happy if I got $350 as a bottom dollar. The LT2000 and the Troy Bilt are mine, the other two are my brother's. I think all of the decks are probably gonna get a quick coat of paint. Like just the $1 paint from walmart with no prep work. The Craftsmans and MTDs never get the real deal when it comes to paintwork, LOL.
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SO, my brother put the belts on the Toro, put some gas in it, and hooked up the jumpers and it runs and drives! He filled up the tires, had to drop a steering spindle to rebuild it because it was rusted stuck, changed the carburetor, changed the oil, and changed the battery. That's where he is now. Runs LIKE A TOP. He bent a tie rod trying to fix the steering, so he has to get a new one now. Still needs to get one of the spindles unstuck and oil the deck, change the belts and blades, paint the hood, and now do full tune up because he's having an issue where all the gas is leaking into the combustion chamber and then into the crankcase. After all that's fixed, I think it's ready to go on the market.

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The Troy Bilt also runs! All I had to do was throw a battery in it, change the fuel shut off because it broke when I drained the gas, put fresh gas in, and just let the motor clear up and now it runs AND drives great! I filled up the tires, and dropped the deck (I have to give MTD credit here, I absolutely LOVE the way they designed the quick release deck. I can have it off in 120 SECONDS). Sadly the 18.5 of course has a slight knock. Not enough for me to worry about. There's a few dents in the hood for me to massage out, the muffler has fallen off, the belts need changed just for the heck of it, it needs headlights and a lens, a tune up of course, the seat safety needs repaired, the deck drive pulley has been absolutely flattened, the brakes need reconnected, and the parking brake is stuck on it. The deck needs blades (obviously), and the mount welded back on. Might need to have the height adjusted too. So, a little more than I'd like to do but I was expecting about this amount. Hopefully we can have these done within 2 weeks.

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