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Those darn bolts and nuts!!

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Been working on my Suburban tearing it down. Just wondering how hard it must have been to assemble one of these on a line in factory. Every bolt on this thing has a NUT and seems like in impossible places at times. You have to remove things just to get to next part and reach those bolts/nuts. How hard would it have been to just have Nuts welded on to panels and frame parts like most items have. Would have been quicker assembly to and saved time/money in factory I would think. Some that REALLY got to me were big 3/8" bolts that nuts came off, but then the bolt wouldn't push out because something else still needed to come off first! Sheesh! Maybe I'll have to weld on some of those nuts before I paint, just to make it all easier on assembly. :Disgus::Disgus::1106:
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Those tractors we're designed and built before the age of computers, robotic welding and competition from foreign manufacturers. Their appeal is the instinctive familiarity they resemble something someone had built in their garage. Similar to the classic car owner who finds modern cars with their computers and sensors emasculating because he "can't work on them". Frustrated he turns to the old, the familiar, something with a "carburetor, points and a coil"
The forward most bolt that attaches the seat bracket to the frame is the most fun. Gotta remove transmission to get it out!
Somebody wasn't thinking "Warranty work" when they designed it. "Replace seat bracket, parts 12 dollars, labor 150, charged to Sears still under warranty...

That was the old way, now they design those kind of headaches out. Thats why the Craftsmans look so basic. A Vertical shaft engine, some pulleys and a Hydro transaxle that doesn't even require a clutch pedal. Fewer parts and replacing them in and out of the shop in a hurry.
Not a big fan of weld-nuts either.. but IMHO these are the worst, when you have limited access to the back. I'd prefer a weld nut then.

I especially like those factory rounded off corners on a lock nut, so your 12 point wrench is pretty much guaranteed to slip. :1336:
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