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  1. David Middleton

    Toro 16-42 Zero Turn Project

    I was trying to ignore the clunking casters and wobbly wheels. They worked for the most part but certainly could be improved. New tires, new rims, new ball bearings, new 3/4" od DOM .120" wall axles, shimmed 0.080" out of the left side, 0.100" out of the right side and have about 0.030" free...
  2. David Middleton

    Toro 16-42 Zero Turn Project

    Tenacity yes, courage... Eh. I hold a aircraft mechanic's license so there's very little I can't fix if I want to. If I really wanted to I could build a fabricated deck for it but it's not worth it. I've got 3 hours +/- into fixing the pulley and big holes and that's about all it's worth. And I...
  3. David Middleton

    Toro 16-42 Zero Turn Project

    Interesting idea. If it wasn't done right I would worry about it trapping water and holding it next to the deck and accelerating the rust. I know if you're not careful with wood boats and you cap them with fiberglass you can get major rot issues. I'm sure there's a way to do it though. If this...
  4. David Middleton

    Toro 16-42 Zero Turn Project

    Eh, I'm not afraid of a little metal work. I'm a bit rusty so it's good practice... I would have liked it to be smoother but I also don't want to spend a ton of time on it. So I went with good enough and functionally solid. I cleaned up the nasty stuff the best I can and for the small holes...
  5. David Middleton

    Toro 16-42 Zero Turn Project

    Put the bagger on just to see what it looked like... And finally took a look at the deck... I'm not quite done with this project apparently...
  6. David Middleton

    Toro 16-42 Zero Turn Project

    I wasn't going to be slowed up by some rain... I decided to work on the mower on the trailer rather than shed or anywhere else because it was nice last weekend. Not this weekend... So I did a little "conversion" and while it was tight, it worked... I had another 280000 series engine that was in...
  7. David Middleton

    Toro 16-42 Zero Turn Project

    My cousin is an auto mechanic and the things he's seen... My personal favorite was the doctor who blew up the engine in his car at around 40k miles. When was the last time you changed the oil? "Um, you're supposed to change it?" Did you ever check it? "Um, not sure how..." This mower had...
  8. David Middleton

    Toro 16-42 Zero Turn Project

    It's was a Briggs 16 horse intek or whatever is on just about every box store mower for the last 20 years. It's scrap metal now...
  9. David Middleton

    Simplicity 6516

    Anyone know anything about these? My friend has this and he said it was the best cutting mower he's ever had but now it has no spark. It's an opposed Briggs twin... I can get it pretty cheap I think and I'm hoping to get the ZT running for the GF so she's distracted and I can drag this one home...
  10. David Middleton

    Toro 16-42 Zero Turn Project

    So the GF has been bugging for a tractor that she can use - aka a hydro... How about a 123 I ask... Ugh! Too ugly, no... How about a 149? Ugh! That's ugly too! I want something good looking! Translation - My GF has NO taste at all and she wants a certain green tractor... Then along came a...
  11. David Middleton

    Cub 149 deck, snow blower, chains...Asking $950.00

    I've been trying to convince the GF that we need a new tractor and this would be a perfect one for her but she's not having it. Plus you're over 300 miles away. So it's not like I can just slip out and back in and sneak it in... I hate to say it but I think I have to pass.
  12. David Middleton

    New Member from SE PA with a 124.

    You know what? I think you're right. I got the bearing off and the crank looks like someone "smoothed" it out with a grinding wheel... Oh well... It should still be serviceable. My next thing is the bearing in the case is stuck to the crank and I can't get it out with the cam in there and...
  13. David Middleton

    New Member from SE PA with a 124.

    I win... :D Ended up drilling them out. I got an 1/8" and 3/16" left hand bit but they just ended up drilling through and never grabbing. So I went through with the #7 and retapped the holes. Well two anyway. I was able to knock it off without drilling the last one all the way out and now I'm...
  14. David Middleton

    New Member from SE PA with a 124.

    Mic'd the bore... 3.5166"on the high side. Other parts of the bore were 3.5132". So it exceeds max out of round, max taper and overall bore for 10 over. Looks like I'll be going 20 over...
  15. David Middleton

    New Member from SE PA with a 124.

    Well I was supposed to get some left handed 1/8" bits today but they're right handed and 0.118" in diameter or 3mm... Wonder where they came from... :) It was a 10 pack for 9.99... I use enough 1/8" bits for pilot drilling things where the dimensions aren't critical that I don't care. I kind...
  16. David Middleton

    electric CC riding mower?! when did that happen?

    I think I grew up and started wrenching on cars at the perfect time. Fuel injection had just become fully adopted but there were plenty of used carbureted cars and even one with points. I was the right age to accept EFI while learning all the basics on the old iron. I'm comfortable with both...
  17. David Middleton

    New Member from SE PA with a 124.

    The more I look, the more it looks like someone else was there first and buggered it all up. I tried what I had but I don't think anything but drilling would work at this point. I have a #7 bit which is what you use for a 1/4-20 hole, so I'm going to sneak up and drill with that. That should...
  18. David Middleton

    New Member from SE PA with a 124.

    They're kind of deep and the auto center punches I've seen I don't know if they'd fit and give me the angle I would need. You gave me an idea bout the extractors... I have some that are the corkscrew type with a long taper. I might try that and see if I can get one to wedge in.
  19. David Middleton

    New Member from SE PA with a 124.

    I've been good but she has legitimate nightmares of just that. The other morning she said she dreamed I was getting tractors delivered by semi trucks and they were lined up down the street waiting to drop off. I thought it was a hell of a good dream! She disagreed...
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