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Is this deck too far gone to repair?

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Me again....

Give me you brutal honest opinion. Is this 312 mower deck too far gone to repair? I thought about trying to basically cut out the whole top part of the deck and weld in new sheet metal. But I'm not sure how to make the spindles back in their original height position, because the original locations are recessed from the factory stamping. And as you can see there has already been lots of welding years ago. Any brutal thoughts/opinions?

(Message edited by aaytay on August 15, 2009)
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Could I fix it? Absolutely!! Would I fix it ?? NO!!

You can not weld rust!! For as many pit holes that I see, even MIG welding would be tough. Plates need to weld to something and will warp the original frame making the spindles to be out of level.
The original metal is thin to start with, so you just chase more holes as you weld. BTDT. I have attempted to fix a few decks in better shape and was not happy with the results.

But that is just my opinion,

George of Buford
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