I've still got a long way to go. I stripped it down to the bare frame. Most of the frame is painted gloss black now. The mowing deck was sanded (as good as I could) and painted with spray on truck bed coating. See the before and after pics below. I'm still missing the pulley covers. It will also get new deck wheels.
Here are pictures of the unpainted frame with the new Kohler Command 22 HP sitting in it.
The 1st picture I wouldda said "give it 2 slugs from a .45 and call me in the morning" but then I was a non-believer. You took 1 dead JD and gave it life again, I would say that gives you the right to color it any color you see fit! Personally I would go with some kind of flames, seein how you brought it back from ****. Good job Muffduster!! (would love to hear the story behind that nick name)