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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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It's not so bad if you are planning on taking it completely apart, but yes it can be frustrating at times. Word of advice: Go to ACE Hardware or the like and buy replacement hardware by the box. For around $25 you can replace pretty much every structural nut, bolt and washer on these things.

1 - As mentioned, have the seat spring bolted up before the transaxle goes back in.

2 - Have the rear main clutch spring cotter pin in place before the dash goes back on.

3 - Don't completely tighten any of the frame bolts until every last one is in place and finger tight (there is a spot up front where 3 pieces of steel with through-holes have to line up

4 - Have the the Hi-Lo shift linkage/lever bolted back in place before the transaxle goes back in.

These are just some random reassembly notes off the top of my head. I know these well because I failed to do each and every one, and it was a pain to do them after. One thing I was able to do, was push the tractor (no engine) over on its side. The larger rear wheel(s) helped keep it from flipping on over while I had a much better shot at the bottom side.
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Agreed 100%. To me, they are only convenient once: on the assembly line. I had quite a few instances of rusted up bolts snapping in two, and the result was 2 pieces cleanly falling away and me forging on ahead instead of tapping & drilling.
Holy moly Small Fry that looks great. You are really doing a first-class job there with the coated hardware and such. Can't wait to see that beauty done. Does this model have the steel bracket that bolts on top of the transaxle, which attaches the whole mess to the chassis? If so, there is an easy way to get it reinstalled. Let me know and I'll backtrack my notes.

That motorcycle stand looks perfect for the job. Wish I'd had that instead of a floor jack.

Lol, well I'm newish so I thought this was a current build.

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