A couple pieces of angle iron, a pair of clamps, and a mini-sledge got me decently clean bends
Came about about as close as I could have hoped to my model (new in white, my other landlord has a less traditional paint scheme).
Only minor thing is the front PTO hole isn't perfect, comes to a bit of a point at the bottom... but ah well, 's not all that noticeable
Brand new stainless screws are holding this one in
So yep.. bit of an expensive mistake
Total shipped from McMaster was $48.89, + a $5 rattlecan.
But this little guy doesn't owe me much
Got a new, slightly better belt so 's mowing better.
Took on ~2.5 acres of scrubby field, runnin' good -- esp. considering 's 51 years old now (engine is a bit newer, but not by much)
Next project for this one will be a repaint and get the original style Simplicity script back on the dash tower. The hood sticker has kinda irked me since I picked it up.
...also replace the front two hood mounts, took me a bit to realize the squeak I was hearing was the hood vibrating on the generator mount. heh.