You're welcome.Thank you... I think that will be very helpful many times during this project so I'm printing it out right now.
It looks like a well-built machine to me, about the only recurring comment I hear on them is the weak drive on the starter. I asked the PO if he remembered what the issue with the starter was, but he did not. When I finally got the starter powered up today it's very obvious that the starter is a mess. I am now hoping that the flywheel is not damaged but I guess time will tell. It does seem like there is still quite a few Ariens up this way.You're welcome.
I'm along for the ride on this one, I think that is a well built tractor.
I don't see a lot of the tractors around here, I don't know if it is that Moline is an hour and a half to the north of me. I see a lot of JD, Cub Cadet, Case, Craftsmen, some Coast to Coast as we had a CtoC hardware store that switched to ACE a few years ago.
I don't see many Wheel Horse, Bolens, Ariens, Gravely, etc.
ite a few Ariens
There were a lot of Lawn Boys around here also since OMC was in Galesburg, many of those have succumbed to Ethanol fuel as has many small engines.
I removed the front grille tonight with no problem thanks to a long extension and u-joint. Without either of those, it would have been a bear. I also got the left tin loose (but broke two small bolts) and found a huge mouse nest. I can see the end of the starter now at least. I think in light of the mouse nest and my desire to clean the motor I'll pull the motor. It seems like that might even be faster than dubbing around trying to avoid that.Remove the front pto belts, screen on bottom of frame and four engine bolts. I would also disconnect the drive shaft on the engine side. Maybe the throttle and choke cables. But if you are lifting it that far the front grill will need to be removed also. Hope your hands like confined areas.
I don't have the hours on mine since the last starter service but the engine needs to come out for a front seal replacement. This would be a good time for some preventive starter maintenance.