Great job getting everything torn down. Interesting that my foot supports are bolted to the frame and yours are welded. I didn't realize this was something they changed, someone who knows more of the details of these tractors may be able to clear that up. I put some comments in the quote below, I hope they are helpful, keep up the good work!
So here is where I stand as of now.
I have it fully disassembled and down to the frame. I was too tired to wash it other than a brief once over.
Now for the "fun" parts:
1. The screws holding the levers for the choke and throttle are fully striped. There is zero way to get a bite on them. So the question is IF I Dremel these and cut them apart (I can get the mounting screws and nuts off the base) how expensive? The choke one is broken so I'm going to need to replace it anyways.
2. The underside was a lot more frustrating so the labeling didn't go as well. Going to need a lot of pointers at reassembly time.
- Should be no problem, seems they are available and cheap. https://partscatalog.deere.com/jdrc/sidebyside/equipment/69788/referrer/navigation/pgId/119022
3. I've got 5 boxes of parts! At least they roughly go together.
- Lots of good schematics available for re assembly. You will be fine, ask if you need help.
4. Im not sure of the next step. I know I need to strip teh frame and the parts but I'm wondering if I need to pull apart the engine, inspect, repaint first and then likewise with the tranny.
5. Havent even touched the mower deck but everything spins. I'm thinking that is the last thing to do.
- The engine is quite simple and easy to rebuild if needed, so it is likely worth going through. Get a manual, they are available online. Tranny as you call it will at least need seals and new oil. If no problem shifting, I would not disassemble (IMHO). If your wheel hubs have excess play, you may need to find some better ones. Most are pretty worn and wobble.
- Zip Strip worked pretty good on my frame, it was too big for my blast cabinet.
6. Nothing was really too stuck on the tractor, the worst was the cotter pins to be quite honest.
- Seems logical to me, you can work on that while driving the restored tractor around.
7. I've got the steering linkage out in two pieces including the front (strut?) where the wheels attach. I'm guessing those aren't going to be easy to pull apart? But now that I have everything disassembled... in my vice carefully wrapped?
8. The speed lever on the right side.... the nut holding it tight appears to have been sheared. Going to have to tap it by the look of it.
- Mine came apart quite easily in the vise.
Anyways, enough work for today...
- Not sure which nut you are talking about, but just about every part of these tractors can be found on Ebay.
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