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:welcome: to MLMF. I have a 1974 SS/16 with a 42" deck myself. I did have to do quite a bit of patching on the deck, and rebuilt the center mandril with new bearings, but I've often wondered about what to do when those mandrils eventually give up. Here is the before and after of mine a few years back. It's not that clean now. I'll be curious to see what sort of advise you get.