Had my 1979 212 for about 20 years now. When I got it, it had sheared a pair of the bolts that held the transaxle to the frame. I was able to back them out with a reverse drill bit and replaced with grade 8s, washers and lockwashers. Fastforward to today (6/29/2020). Wife was mowing and said the deck kept hitting the rear wheel and it was hard to shift into reverse.. I took it for a spin and it WAS all wonky. I carefully pulled into the garage and remove the seat pan etc. Yep, the right side rear axle bolts sheared off again. THIS time I was unsuccessful in drilling as I used black phosphate grade 8s and my MIG wont stick. Anywho, it managed to crack the case on the upper third bolt. I ordered 2 axle tubes off fleabay for cheap before discovering the cracked mount..
My question is: I can get a new xcase half or whole for cheap. How difficult are these to tear down and move to another half case? I have rebuilt engines, and most major mechanical but never messed with ANY gears.. Is this an evening job or an I looking at a week of dinking around with gears and bearings?
JBWeld the t-case if I were to grind and clean?? The bolt mount isnt *completely* busted off but its broken in a "C" around the bolt boss.
I need my 212 to mow the back 40 and blow snow this upcoming winter.