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Thought I'd start a thread about some genius solutions that will help everyone in here. I know there are multiple examples throughout many different threads, but perhaps we can gather them together in this thread for newbies and seasoned members to reference / check out with ease. Feel free to post / link anything that benefited your repair or restoration. :)

Will start off with this one as I noticed that I'll need to replace the fan on the 1650 I started yesterday and I remembered seeing this before. Don't know how many have seen this guy, he's got plenty of videos on YouTube, including the foot control for the hydrostatic drive...but this is a good, simple fix to replace the cooling fan without having to take apart the drive line. (y) (y)


Kraig, thought this section would be appropriate. Move to the correct section if better suited elsewhere...
 

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I like this idea. If it takes off I might make it a sticky.
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One tip I will add is to take photos of as many things as you can along the way. I know it's hard sometimes with greasy hands but so nice to have for reference when putting things back together.
 

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Thought I'd start a thread about some genius solutions that will help everyone in here. I know there are multiple examples throughout many different threads, but perhaps we can gather them together in this thread for newbies and seasoned members to reference / check out with ease. Feel free to post / link anything that benefited your repair or restoration. :)

Will start off with this one as I noticed that I'll need to replace the fan on the 1650 I started yesterday and I remembered seeing this before. Don't know how many have seen this guy, he's got plenty of videos on YouTube, including the foot control for the hydrostatic drive...but this is a good, simple fix to replace the cooling fan without having to take apart the drive line. (y) (y)


Kraig, thought this section would be appropriate. Move to the correct section if better suited elsewhere...
Did anyone but me notice that the guy is using a 3/4" drive shaft and has freakin U-joints on the end! SIGH!
 

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I noticed the U-joints but didn't really pay attention to the size of his shaft...must just be you Charlie. 🤭 :roflol:
Seriously though, good catch...I hadn't noticed.
:roflol: (y)
 

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I was more bothered by him sticking his hands within an inch of the rotating driveshaft multiple times. I'm amazed he still has all of his fingers.

That guy must have to change fans really often. It is not THAT big of a deal to pull the driveshaft, and usually there's worn parts that should be replaced while it is apart.
 

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What did he gain? and lost the side panels in the process.
My hearing is bad enough already w/o a straight pipe.

He probably needed the u joints on both ends because the driveline is now out of line with the engine swap.
 

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He says during the video it's 3/4" shaft... and a 30 Horse Generac motor?? I believe that's what he says towards the end of the video.. And I also was concerned when he reached in to the spinning parts.
 

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I was watching what direction he said to turn the fan blade to make it blow in the correct area. I don't think you can change the direction of air flow by turning the blade around.
 

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I was watching what direction he said to turn the fan blade to make it blow in the correct area. I don't think you can change the direction of air flow by turning the blade around.
True - the blades pitch sets the direction, unless they change rotation direction.
 

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This is in reference to those little spring clips that keep the grille in place on my 128. They look like they are just waiting for an opportunity to jump off, but if they are clipped on good they seem to stay ok. After a few hours of mowing one day I discovered one had come off and the grille was just hanging precariously by the other. It very well could have fallen and gone thru the chopper. I searched but could not find any spares in my collection of parts so this was my solution. It probably won't suit people that want an original look, but they work great. They are springs that hold brake shoes to backing plates on cars with drum brakes.
 

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This is in reference to those little spring clips that keep the grille in place on my 128. They look like they are just waiting for an opportunity to jump off, but if they are clipped on good they seem to stay ok. After a few hours of mowing one day I discovered one had come off and the grille was just hanging precariously by the other. It very well could have fallen and gone thru the chopper. I searched but could not find any spares in my collection of parts so this was my solution. It probably won't suit people that want an original look, but they work great. They are springs that hold brake shoes to backing plates on cars with drum brakes.
That's simple yet genius...never occurred to me. I'm sure I'll find other uses for those as well. (y) (y)
 

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When you are trying to install the long brake pedal return spring on a hydro equipped tractor like a 782 you can do it by straitening out a coat hanger and bending a small hook in one end. From the back of the tractor slide the hook under the seat and all the way in to the hook of the spring that you have attached to the pedal. You can stretch the spring and hook it on the transmission mount.
 

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This is in reference to those little spring clips that keep the grille in place on my 128. They look like they are just waiting for an opportunity to jump off, but if they are clipped on good they seem to stay ok. After a few hours of mowing one day I discovered one had come off and the grille was just hanging precariously by the other. It very well could have fallen and gone thru the chopper. I searched but could not find any spares in my collection of parts so this was my solution. It probably won't suit people that want an original look, but they work great. They are springs that hold brake shoes to backing plates on cars with drum brakes.
What ever suits you is fine, but CCSpecialties has the original grill retaining springs for the 1x8/9 series! :bluethumbsup:
 

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I think you will need something a bit stouter than a coat hanger for the spring installation chore.
 

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I just did one yesterday on my 782 and it worked just fine. I did have to bend a hand hold in the hanger and pull hard but it worked. Couldn't figure out another way to do it.
 
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