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Red, 1990 Craftsman, this spring. I'll freshen him up in the comming weeks, I have a new Steering bushing to install, Pull the deck and clean and sharpen the blades, Put in a new air filter, add grease to the transaxle, and check the drive belt and pullies. I Need the $$$ and room to finish BMP. Hulk II can take up mowing duties till I finish BMP.

My total investment was $900.00, and I have use him for two seasions trouble free. I will start the consignment at $800.00, and see where it goes.

Have some fond memories with the build, There will be more.

Ode to RED.
 

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Larry, I think that if you need to let one go, Red is probably the best choice. Hulk is a stronger machine, and BMP isnt done yet. Hulk and BMP are "garden tractors" and are stronger than Red. Letting go of a machine isnt easy, but I think you made the right call.
 

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Any "Close" members can have 1st dibs, It will be Mid Jan before I'll be ready to take him in to the consignment lot.
 

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OK, may as well have some fun with this. I figured sence it is supposed to be nice this weekend, and I have short days at work this week, I will prep Red for the sale. Unlike a Epay or Crags list, I will put Red on Consignment at a local lot, that is next to the highway. Being Red, should catch eyes of passer by's. The Lot provides some advantages.
1. I won't have strangers coming to the house.
2. I won't become someones mechnic being a 3rd party sell.
3. This will Allows hands on...up close looks, and try outs.

Based on #3 I decided to do some cleaning and minor maintenance. New Air and Fuel filter, and a trip to the dollar car wash. Will bump the asking price up.... say 900.

I pulled the pans and hood to see how things held up after a couple seasions of mowing. I also looked under the engine tins to see if the spraying water in the running engine had any adverse affects. None that I can see.

I will need to replace a leaking valve cover gasket (I have several on hand).

After the car wash, it should look a lot better, including under the transaxle. I'll Give the muffler another coat of BBQ paint, and Clean and re paint under the deck, and sharpin the blades.

Also have a slow leak to fix in one of the back tires.

Should have everything back together and ready to go by Monday.



I'll post the progress, and results.
 

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Some of you may have seen the orginal build, these pictures are after 2-1/2 years of cutting 2-3 acres (trouble free). Should clean up nicely. I was interested in seeing how things held up.
 

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it looks like it held up pretty good, Larry. A little cleaning up and it will look new again. Sorry you are having to sell it, I know how hard it must be, you worked hard on it.
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it looks like it held up pretty good, Larry. A little cleaning up and it will look new again. Sorry you are having to sell it, I know how hard it must be, you worked hard on it.
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Thanks Slow Crawler, the more I think about it, the less I am worried. Red has served me well, and by selling now would bring the most ROI, and provide needed funds to continue with BMP, and have some funds available to jump on the next deal.

Like I said, I plan on having fun with the sale.
 

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How did you get the paint to shine so much?
 

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The paint is regular rattle can enamual. I just kept it clean. Was thinking of touching it up, but I haven't found an area that needs touched up, just a good power wash and cleaning.

Last week I filled Red up and cut the yard 2.5 acres, I need to pull the gas tank so I am draining it. I am on my second 2.5 gallon can now.

Red sips gas.
 

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edit: Sorry for the double post. Computer locked up and I clicked uploade twice>

The paint is regular rattle can enamual. I just kept it clean. Was thinking of touching it up, but I haven't found an area that needs touched up, just a good power wash and cleaning. I'll re paint the muffler though.

Last week I filled Red up and cut the yard 2.5 acres, I need to pull the gas tank so I am draining it. I am on my second 2.5 gallon can now.

Red sips gas.
 

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Today's prep.... Probally could do a "How To" on deck cleaning.
Scraped the big stuff off using a painter tool, then wirebrushed.
Washed the Top and bottom with Simple green
Sharpened and re painted the blades.
re painted under the deck. No rust found.
 

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Pulled the gas tank and rear plate and loaded up for a trip to the car wash.
All cleaned up..
Now to fix the minor stuff and put back together.
 

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That thing is showroom clean! Very nice tractor, someone will be lucky to have it.
 

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Gotta ask, You must get some looks when going to a car wash with that? :p Very nice tractor though, And I agree whoever buys it is lucky.
 

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Also how do you get the black plastic to shine?
 

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I will need to replace a leaking valve cover gasket (I have several on hand).

After the car wash, it should look a lot better, including under the transaxle. I'll Give the muffler another coat of BBQ paint, and Clean and re paint under the deck, and sharpin the blades.

Also have a slow leak to fix in one of the back tires.

Should have everything back together and ready to go by Monday.



I'll post the progress, and results.
Funny how we fix all the little things when we sell it, but avoid them when we own it LOL
I do the same.
 

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That thing is showroom clean! Very nice tractor, someone will be lucky to have it.
Thanks CraftMan, I "think" I am doing this for the following reasons.
1. Need the Money to Finish BMP and increase the Shop area.
2. The tear down was not necessary, but I was curious as to how well things heald up after a couple years of use.
a. and to do a good clean up and prep for next spring cutting, for the lucky buyer.
3. Personal pride. (probally the main reasion).

I talked with the consignment folks today, Not a problem there.......but. I think I;ll stop at a new small engine repair shop just a little futher down the road. If he will do consignment I would feel better with a person that knows what I have and may be able to hi-light it better.
 

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Also how do you get the black plastic to shine?
I use the same paint "Freds" enamual on all my projects. I'm sure there are other brands, but I tried Walmart, Krylon, and Majic. Krylon is good for the Silver and Plastic paints, but for the tins, I can't flaw Freds. Goes on smooth, Take your time and use 4 - 6 coats and no runs, High gloss, and very little fade even in the Texas sun.

$1.25 a can to boot.
 

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