Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: georgia's toe-nails of the foot hills
Re: 2004 lt1000
I have seen people use ball peen hammers, roundy end, to tap on gaskets. Once hammered/tapped, the gaskets seemed to come off more readily. I think the impact expands the black 'paper' gasket material, causing it to move on the gasket surface, breaking free, perhaps. Once freed, it is a lot easier to scrape off that which remains.
I tried it once, and it sort of worked, though the gasket area was not really as accessible as a pan gasket. There is also a 3M product called 'Roloc', I think, that can be used in a grinder or an air powered whirly cutoff grinder to remove gasket material. I think they are made of some sort of rubber, with rubber bristles that peel the gasket without removing metal. I just looked on bing, and it may be more expensive than I had thought.
You have that sump clean enough to cook in. Hope the previous owner didn't mess things up running with diluted lube or bent the connecting rod cranking with a hydro locked piston.
Added: I am also a fan of the Kohler powered Craftsman/Husqvarna/Poulan/Weedeater machines. As time went on, the mechanisms for brake, deck engage, and lift became a bit less sturdy, IMO. They may have also made the deck stamping a bit less deep, but I haven't measured, they just look thinner. Compared to the competition, it seems they did not remove as much content, but the newer models appear less sturdy to me.
simplificate & add lightness
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