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I would send that pic as feedback to the person who made them. I asked the seller of the decals if he could add the bumper decal and he did after I gave him dimensions.
Where did you get yours? These are from Autographicsltd in Canada on E-Bay
 

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Got the decals today and put them on. A little disappointed because the lower decal is about 15% smaller than the original but at least I could get something. I did get one of those off the tractor that is suitable for a scan to make another at some point in time. Quality seems to be quite good and I watched a couple of "how to" videos on Y-Tube to learn how. I made my own application fluid but I think the gel that you can buy might be better. I received a real nice used battery strap today also.


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I think it looks fantastic! Now I'm beginning to think my 3235 is looking a bit too pale up front...
 

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Finally got the break lever and finished the PTO so I could get the rest of the front done. It has been all gone through, belts, bearing, bushings, lower pulley, break and the missing spring. Ran it a good bit and changed the oil and filter, very pleased that it shuts right off because the run on was terrible when I first got it. I think I will work on the seat next and then on to the differential to check out the 4 ring bolts.


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Coming along nicely. Is this just going to be a mower for you?
 

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It's looking great, Ken!! It looks brand new.

The pic of the PTO is interesting. Are these all shaft-driven decks, or just some of the models? I hope I'm remembering that right, I thought the 3xxx use shaft decks.

If it is shaft driven, what's the benefit, if there's still a belt involved in the process? Does the shaft make it easier to install/remove the deck, or something like that? I've only had belt-driven decks.

And I admire you folks that just dive in. Casually mentioning "and then onto the 4 bolts for the ring gear." I'd hem & haw, and mentall anguish for a while about digging into that. Reading, watching videos, worrying, etc.
 

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It's looking great, Ken!! It looks brand new.

The pic of the PTO is interesting. Are these all shaft-driven decks, or just some of the models? I hope I'm remembering that right, I thought the 3xxx use shaft decks.

If it is shaft driven, what's the benefit, if there's still a belt involved in the process? Does the shaft make it easier to install/remove the deck, or something like that? I've only had belt-driven decks.

And I admire you folks that just dive in. Casually mentioning "and then onto the 4 bolts for the ring gear." I'd hem & haw, and mentall anguish for a while about digging into that. Reading, watching videos, worrying, etc.
My other Cub is a 2165 and that is a belt driven deck but is a horizontal engine with a drive shaft driven hydro tranmission, like the 3000 series. That belt goes through some transitions to get to the deck and is long, if I push it too hard it breaks and they are $40 a pop. I am on my third one in 2 years and the last belt I put on was from E-Bay for $15 and that one is holding up good but I sharpened the blades and am mowing more often. The belt on the deck that drives the 3 blades is the original from 1994 and in good shape. So I think that the drive shaft on the 3000 series will hold up compared to the belt driven. One can also drive a snow blower off the front of the PTO on the 3000 series.
 

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Yesterday I painted the sheetmetal and front wheels on the 3205. All paint and primer are Van Sickle from Atwood's. Layers are: Stripped to bare metal, etching primer, yellow primer, International Yellow with hardener. The primer smoothed with scotch-brite.

I laid my 3240 hood side next to the Van Sickle to show the similarity. In person the difference is greater with the Van Sickle looking slightly lighter with a greenish tint and the factory powdercoat having an orange hue. First pic under LED lights, second outside.



 

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Finally got the break lever and finished the PTO so I could get the rest of the front done. It has been all gone through, belts, bearing, bushings, lower pulley, break and the missing spring. Ran it a good bit and changed the oil and filter, very pleased that it shuts right off because the run on was terrible when I first got it. I think I will work on the seat next and then on to the differential to check out the 4 ring bolts.


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You know when you get done with it the dealer is going to want it back to have on the showroom floor right? :) You're doing a great job on restoring that machine!
 

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In case someone want to fix their seat because of cracks, this is how I did mine. I pulled the bead from around the edge and removed the foam and cover. Drilled the spot welds and removed the threaded nuts. Drilled and tapped a plate, bolted it together and reinstalled the seat cover.




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Ken is your powdercoat original or did you repaint?
 
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