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A few days ago a couple craigslist finds followed me home.A '74 7263,and '72 8230.The 7263 is intact,but has a cracked deck,8230 has a good deck but is missing parts.Both are without handles.8230 motor was packed with rodent nest and is corroded and rusty.I cranked it over using an electric drill,surprisingly it does have spark and compression is about 85psi.After cleaning the goo out of the carb and replacing float,7263 starts and runs well. After a repaint,I plan on swapping parts from 7263 to 8230 deck,I really don't want to mess with SP and I'd rather use the 7263 shroud and model plate.When I got everything off the 8230, I realized it has more bolt holes than the 7263.I guess I could fill those in and drill a couple more for the trailing shield which this deck doesn't have.I also need to repair rear wheel adjustment slot. 101_7837.JPG 101_7838.JPG 101_7840.JPG 101_7841.JPG 101_7842.JPG 101_7844.JPG 101_7849.JPG 101_7858.JPG 101_7860.JPG 7263 shroud is a bit scuffed and scratched,I'm hoping to work that out without having to repaint plastic.Decals are available for this model.
 

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So I did a deck repair forum search and saw the Lawnboy 77 thread of turning the wheel adjuster lever around so teeth engage on the left side of slot.Nice! That takes care of that problem!
 

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Looking really good! Thanks for the compliment on the tip for turning the wheel adjuster lever around, but I can't take credit for that one. Fellow MTF member LB1972OMC (aka Jim), is the one that turned me on to that idea. What a great idea that was to! It's a real game changer for those decks that are worn beyond the limits. I think he ran his like that for years until he could find a good welder to fill in that slot and turn the lever back around. It would of been real nice had LB put a little replaceable wear block in that slot so that we don't have to make those slot repairs to the deck itself.
 

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Could you just screw or bolt a steel plate under the deck to reinforce that slot so it wouldnt wear? (mainly for aluminum deck)
 

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My apologies to LB1972OMC for not giving credit where credit is due! Today I noticed wear on my Mag19,so I'll do the turn around thing to it too.As far as LB...maybe they didn't think mowers would still be in use 30-40 years later!
 

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Could you just screw or bolt a steel plate under the deck to reinforce that slot so it wouldnt wear? (mainly for aluminum deck)
I was thinking of a steel sleeve,sort of like the LawnBoy exhaust sleeve.
 

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Could you just screw or bolt a steel plate under the deck to reinforce that slot so it wouldnt wear? (mainly for aluminum deck)
Strange enough I have never seen that issue on the aluminum decks, just the mag decks. Granted there weren't many of those style decks used that were aluminum. My 7260B has an aluminum deck from a 1976 model 8255 and that slot has hardly any wear at all. Just going from memory here, so could be off a bit, but I think the only aluminum decks produced of that style were the late self-propel D-400s and 600s with the lower gear drive SP.
 

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Could be, the last 2 aluminum decks I got for the 6255 had no wear there from use with that type rear wheel adjuster, but a lot of wear on the mag decks I have accumulated.
 

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I did repair the slot on the 5023 Bricktop I got from PeoriaMurph. Turned out real nice and also eliminates the vibration up and down as the combination of the deck thickness and the steel plate fits the slot width real nice. I used to hate that style adjuster as they rattle so much but not now. Here are some pictures. Bill
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Nice work Bill!
 
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