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36" Mower Deck Restoration

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Prompted by Richard's excellent posting I thought I would post the work on my deck.  After sandblasting/wire-brushing and welding repairs the top was zinc-primed. The underside was Metal-prepped

then treated with two coats of POR.  I was unable to source small quantities of stainless steel flange bolts so purchased the nearest metric equivalent.  This meant the spacers required drilling-out, but when I tried the first one shattered. A friend then kindly made me some metric replacement spacers. All the remaining bolts were replaced with stainless steel and a new Bar Idler Bushing Spacer fitted.  I'm afraid I'll never achieve Richard's high standard, but I'm confident that the Deck will not corrode before me.

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Very good job done Ray. 1978 (85-36MR01) Deck/Spindles and you appear to have 1979 Belt Covers that were fitted to 95-36XR00.

The Spindles/Bearings are much easier and cheaper to replace than the old ones I have.

I see you finished it off with a nice pair of new Gauge Wheels:thumbs:.  

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Thanks Richard - you are a mine of information and told me more than I already knew about my Deck.  My Tractor (and I assume the deck) were made in Belgium and were 0wned from new by a family in Nottingham, from whom I acquired them.  You also are right about the wheels.  I couldn't find any suitable wheels so I sent for them from the USA and they certainly are robust so should last. 

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I've noticed on both yours and Richards decks, they have the curved sections underneath. My rear discharge doesn't have those and I don't think it ever had. I'll see if I can find my rebuild thread from some time back. May not be on here but RS.

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