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post #1 of 15 Old 12-12-2018, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Not quite Freebie 8/26 Tracker-UPDATE!

My 4/20 was fun to get running so am swapping O.B. for a bigger one. Got this '61 Johnson 5.5 plus a chipper in a trade for my old Simplicity 7/24. 5 OBs & 3 blowers don't balance so 4 & 4 with a project seems good. It is an older one w/o power steering like the 4/20. May be a boat anchor but gives me something to do. Climate change has made blowers not worth much up here. I imagine the South is a hot market these days.

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Got it part way stripped in an hour. Looks good -so far impeller bearing, belts, friction wheel bearings, and noisy idlers. Engine has spark and was full of clean oil. Well worth the old OB.
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Coming apart nicely except for the sprocket shaft sleeve bushings. Left side plates attached and PB blaster + pipe wrench to carefully move .
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Added hole for future zerk to fill w penetrant and give occasional twist to free up.
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update

The drive unit upgrade is done plus paint on bucket. Will attack engine next.
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excellent progress. What was the drive upgrade?

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The flange bearings replacing the cursed plastic drive shaft bushings.
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I really like the paint job on the bucket. Very cub cadet like 🙂
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