Mower-mutt spuce-up

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Mower-mutt spuce-up

Postby dag1450 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:30 pm

So....for too many years I have basically gotten on this thing, engaged the PTO and drivin in circles. No...I did do upkeep maintenance and lube.....but haven't really done anything to help her looks. So it was a nice day.....had a few hours to myself and here goes.
First thing was a little elbow grease with the old hood decals off for a number of years now....some of the old adhesive was starting to show as dust collected in a few areas. Used a cleaner wax and went over sides of hood. Then gave it a bucket bath in the garage. I don't care for hosing down lawnmowers so I just used a few rags and got the mud and grass off the spots that were really bad. Rims cleaned up nice. More than a few years ago I redid this deck with Rust-Oleum almond. Well I knew it was holding up pretty well....but check this out.....it's amazing really.
Next was getting the grill back in. With the 20 hp rebuilt and on the shelf....this now has an 18 in it, and the exhaust pipe stuck out to far to install the grill...so I left it out for a couple years. I protected everything with a sheet and nipped the pipe with the grinder cut off wheel. Finally!! I think I'm gonna put a new seat on.....and get a new gas cap gauge. I think it deserves a new one. I would do new decals.... but it really needs paint..so I'm holding off on those. I will post progress when it happens. Don't expect too much :beer:
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Re: Mower-mutt spuce-up

Postby cholloway » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:00 am

Like I tell myself... "Just a little bit at a time".
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Re: Mower-mutt spuce-up

Postby JMotuzick » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:16 pm

Looks great from here! Just do the decals!
The engine came from a Cyclops? If so just some heat and a pry bar will make the grill fit. No cutting required!
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Re: Mower-mutt spuce-up

Postby dag1450 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:44 pm

Thanks guys!
Joe.... engine is out of my 1872. I don't know why the tail pipe was about 1/2" longer than other. Idk... maybe I have too many rubber drive couplings. I first did shove a 1/2" x3' piece of black pipe in without heat.....and put reasonable pressure..... nothing. This cut took all of 5 minutes. Right now I'm doing a job at a tape/printing company, first thing tomorrow....I'm asking the graphics guy if printing some custom cub decals is within reason :idea: :lol: They sure had no problem making loads of eagles decals for the big game. Wow...I can't believe I haven't thought of this months ago. Also need...deck warning ones too
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Re: Mower-mutt spuce-up

Postby dag1450 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:25 pm

This is the first new gas gauge I ever bought. Pretty excited
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Re: Mower-mutt spuce-up

Postby DirtySteve » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:43 pm

Nice! Been there and done that on my first 2072. Had to grind the end of a new muffler pipe just like you after original muffler blew one end cap off. And replaced the gas gauge because the clear plastic was no longer see through.

Did you go through Cub for the gas cap/gauge or elsewhere? Cub wants $35 smackers.
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Re: Mower-mutt spuce-up

Postby dag1450 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:37 pm

Lol..... funny u ask Steve. I got it on eBay for like $23. I thought I was buying a Stens.....and it came in a Stens bag, but the gauge says kelch or something like that. It works real smooth. I'm sure there all made in China.
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