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Winter Restoration Projects

Do you have any plans for a winter restoration?
Do you have a line of rusty iron awaiting that special touch?

Share your plans and ideas on what you are going to be working on this Winter while the snow covers your yards and you stay tucked away in your shops and garages.

Let us know here what you are doing and maybe include a couple pictures and when you begin your restoration or project, you can start a new thread and we'll link them together for everyone to enjoy!

Be the first to start this off!
 

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OMG, have I got projects!

Let's see, right now I have at least three Honda engines and mowers I'm working on. I'm getting to the point of needing real storage bins to sort and keep the parts I'm accumulating in a better order than the card board boxes they're in now.

I'm combining parts of a GXV120 and GXV140 to make a shaft drive, electric start 140 to put on my HR214SX deck. That's going to included a new set of rings, and cylinder honing. This mower will get used as my daily driver.

I've already gotten an electric start GXV120 up and running, but I have work to do on the deck. They were referred to as the HR214SM. That one will get a general going over to put aside with the HR214SX (recoil start) that's already tucked away. Some day I'd like to find an HR214PX, recoil start push mower to go along with the SX and SM, then I'd have a complete set of HR214s.:cool Oh, and I'd also love to find a shaft driven Hydrostatic transmission. Then I'd have quite the hybrid. I think they called it the Masters back in the day. This is starting to sound like a Christmas wish list, isn't it? Guess I should update my posting over there on that thread.:D

Let's see, then there is the John Deere 14SB I just picked up. It turned out to have unexpected issues, namely oil coming out where oil should not come out. I've just printed off the parts list to carry to my local JD dealer. Going to see if they're as friendly and helpful as my local Honda guy is.

Oh, and don't forget all the Jacobsens out in the shed. But they will have to wait for some time in the future for real concentrated effort.

There's mine, what's everybody else got waiting?
 

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It sounds like you have certainly have your plate full! It's always fun having a list of projects like those that you have planned to do.

Not really anything much in the way here, although I do have my eyes peeled for an old mower to fix up.
 

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I have my 6275 torn apart , has been at the welder for some time now ... I can weld , but this is aluminum ... hopefully I will get it finished this winter .

 

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That will be a nice one to follow! Aluminum can be tricky but not impossible. I just started TIG welding but I won't go into detail on that......
 

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Not really anything much in the way here, although I do have my eyes peeled for an old mower to fix up.
Anything specific? Reel mowers or just something old?
 

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Anything specific? Reel mowers or just something old?
Kind of something more specific, but I would definitely have a hard time passing up an old reel mower that was the type that I collect if one presented itself in my area. I'm always keeping my eyes out.

Over this past year I've been looking to find a Toro Starlawn 30" reel mower specifically to add to the collection. So far I've only come across one. I have some ideas that I've conjured up that I would like to do with it once I find the right one someday, sort of a restomod project if you will.

Nice of you to ask.

 

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The handle I had was orange , but parts books show it green , so that is how I recovered it.
 

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Do you have your items re-chromed or do they just clean up nicely with a coat of clear? What do you use for the handle grip?
 

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Picked up this 1970 JD 70 last January (the part tractor is what I was after, it's now the 70 I). The complete one is for restoration, engine is stuck & soaking.

Picked up the JD 56 RER at an auction in October for $100, originally for a project. But since it's in good condition & running, I'm thinking of restoring it!

The 68 RER was given to me, with so carburetor work & a different starter, it's now running & in the shop for my first "Winter project"! ~~ grnspot
 

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That will be a neat one to follow, make sure you....:pics:
and a lot of them! :ThumbUp:
It will be nice to see a little more green and yeller around here, :cool

:bag:I'm just saying..
 

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Looking forward to seeing your progress. And gee whizz, even your trailer is green and yellow!:cool
I hope to get going on the 68 in the next couple of weeks.

The green & yellow trailer was built for me by Woodworth Mfg., about 30 miles from here. They build anything from small utility trailers to big farm sprayer haulers & hay haulers.

The other one is my 1980 Snowco. ~~ grnspot
 

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I actually had a nice handle laying around , what most use is a PVC 1" shrink tubing , I use a shrink tubing made from poly somethingwhateverstuff . PVC stands up to the sun better but my stuff is available in more colors . So I use my stuff then spray it with clear PLASTI DIP which will protect it better than the PVC .
 

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This is a handle I have redone , chrome paint is excellent ! The only thing is if you spray clear on it it tends to gray a little bit.

 

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Nice 420, grn! :ThumbUp: You'll definitely have to keep us updated on your new projects.

I love that generation of the GT 'Deere. One of those "back in the mind projects" that I would love to do some day would be to convert a 420 or 430 to a foot hydro controlled machine.
 

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This is a handle I have redone , chrome paint is excellent ! The only thing is if you spray clear on it it tends to gray a little bit.

I like the pedal Fire Truck in the background! ~~ grnspot
 

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I have a couple projects I'm going to get serious about this winter. First...I have an old Gravely with the deck out front and a single wheel rear steer rider. It was a barn find. The second is an Eclipse reel mower with a Briggs & Stratton. It's all there except for the carb and fuel tank and the blower housing. When I get started I'll try to post some pics before, during and after.
 

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Yes, it's about that time for them winter projects. Look forward to following your projects Harry, should be fun.
 
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