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The pulley is riveted with some weird rivets. I took a die grinder to them and managed to separate the pulley and expose the bearing but no matter how hard I try I cannot get the "rivets" out of the hub portion. I have tried grinding them off flush, and pounding the living s^&t out of them and they will not loosen up or come out. I guess I will have to bite the bullet. The machine is a later model so I suspect it could be from late mid to late 90's so perhaps anywhere from 20 to 25 years old. I guess if it lasted this long if I go through all this it should last another 10 years anyway. Hell at my age I don't even buy green bananas anymore <img src="https://www.mytractorforum.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> so I am thinking with a little regular care it should be fine for a long time to come. Hell it lived it's whole life up until last summer when I bought it mowing close to 2 acres. I only have a half acre so it should be fine. I just hate parting with the coin is all.
Once I have it all done I will flush the cooling system, replace the coolant with fresh, I touched up a couple little rust spots on the deck and sharpened the blades, installed a new belt as well so all should be well there.
Probably buck rivets which are a solid rivet smashed into place with either an air hammer or press. They fill the hole completely with rivet expanding inside it.
You have to punch them out with an air hammer or drill them out if thats what they are.
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2001 Cub 3240 44" deck, fabbed hydraulic sleeve hitch