The 44" deck after stripping it, cleaning every part I used new hardware. Inside deck after automotive primer I brush painted with Rustoleum. Taped off the decals. New wheels.
It cuts fantastic and easy blowing grass off since deck cover covers belt & pulleys.
Thanks so much guys and appreciate compliments. My wife of 1/2 century is very supportive but says..."are you gonna talk about that mower some more?"
It's a lot of work, but nice finished. Amazing to me how quiet it is and solidly built.
Gary I am in awe of how terrific that 1250 looks. I know you have a lot of hours as well as heart and soul in it, but please know I am looking for one just like it. So please don't be offended, I promise I am smiling here, I am a buyer if you should ever consider parting with it knowing it's going to a good home. Thanks for sharing the pictures, as you have a pristine piece! Steve