Re: Non John Deere Hood Ideas
First thing is to find your metal hood. I searched craigslist.org for a while and after taking measurements from the tower forward and also the width I'd need, I found a Craftsman GT hood that I could adapt. It was a little too wide, but I tied a rope loosely near the tower and tightened with a 2X2 board by twisting the rope (this procedure was done later). Placing the hood over the engine, find where the hood will pivot down near the frame (mine was about 1 1/2 inches above the frame). With scrap steel, I built up the frame at the pivot area. Then I found a steel rod and laid it across those steel risers to determine the rod's exact position. Before welding the rod in place, with the hood upside down, lay the rod into the pivot points of the hood and mark them. Using a grinder, make grooves in the rod so that when mounted, the hood will not have side sway. Now, weld the rod where you've built up the frame. That's 90% of the work.
My hood had a plastic insert with a wind tunnel for an air-cooled engine....I took that out for clearance. I'm still using the JD screen on my LX178. I believe most hoods will have top vents to drawn in air for cooling, but make certain you get the headlight assembly with the hood complete with bulb holders and wiring. That will make things a lot easier! Not shown in the attached pictures are the addition of sheet metal at the tower to fill in the void left by the new hood. I simply screwed sheet metal into the plastic tower and masked off and painted.
If you have any questions, you can call me @ 865 429-4718. I'm retired and home most days.
Incidentally, I paid $25 for my hood.....worth every penny!
In the past:
Craftsman, MTD, Snapper, 1961 Ford 801 Powermaster, 1992 LB 4.5HP 580546, 2003 LB 10552 6.5HP Duraforce, IH Cub Cadet 105, 2001 Cub Cadet 2146 14HP Linamar 38" deck, love of my life (Sold 10 Dec 2011), 2007 Cub Cadet 2550 22HP Kohler Vtwin 50"deck (Sold 22 Aug 2018)
1994 JD LX178 sweet little mower, only 15HP, twin cyl, 38" deck, liquid cooled!
1998 JD 445 22HP Shaft driven wheels, shaft driven 60" deck, diff-lock, hydraulic lift, power steering, fuel & temp gauges, fuel injected, and liquid cooled! This machine has it all!
2005 Nortrak NT 254 25HP Diesel 5' FEL, here's a case of cost-cutting, I only need a tractor 3 or 4 times a year
Going to try to stay Liquid Cooled the rest of my life! Hey, it gets HOT here!