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Any ideas on this worn Ariens fork shaft issue?

Got an Ariens 910962 in the garage that is creeping when the belt clutch and auger is engaged. Looking into the innards, it looked like the drive disc was leaning ever-so slightly towards the right, so I followed the line and see that the Fork Shaft has worn an oval through the right side where it exits the case.

I'm trying to figure out whether I can (somehow) sleeve that hole, simply to make it a bit tighter and possibly fix the creeping issue. Any ideas, or is the creeping just something I'll have to live with?
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Steel bushing and weld it in place.

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Thanks Duff Daddy -- interesting idea that sounds feasible. This fork shaft also has a spacer on that same side that the 'actual' shaft slides through and the spacer butts up against the inner side of the case. I wonder if I can slide the spacer through the oblong oval hole as a way to simply tighten up the slack...would probably require some enlargening of the current hole to fit the spacer through.

I wonder if I'm making more of a mess via my effort?

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Any ideas on this worn Ariens fork shaft issue?-img_6533.jpgIf you zoom in to see the washer i welded on the side of this chasis ....
Believe thats what you are referring to. Ive done several of these with no issues at all, have also welded the bracket on the inside that oblongs at the same time.
I had custom built a couple of ariens machines for a landscape company, but the man wanted them green and black. Sorry Ariens
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Nice shop,Shaw351.I can't stop looking at that lathe-man,how I want one...and the space to put one.
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Thanks Cranman, I like to make the old Ariens machines stay around a little bit longer.

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Nice shop,Shaw351.I can't stop looking at that lathe-man,how I want one...and the space to put one.
Thanks Mike, took me 20 years of hard work and long nights to get all my metal working toys, now i try to keep the chips flying.

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Have to agree that these Ariens, if taken care of, will last several lifetimes. That's why I spend time on them.

I made a mistake -- my issue is with the Bracket Tube obloging, not the fork shaft. Still, I assume that if I can use the idea of welding a washer on each side of the case, so the bracket tube has support, that should straighten fully the drive disc and lessen the creeping. Everything else around is pretty tight, so I'm hopeful this is the issue. If you'll recall, this shaft has a round cut around its circumference (I.m assuming to sit on the lip of the hole in the case.

Attached is a picture that shows the obloging...anyone think this plan above will eliminate the creeping issue when the drive belt is engaged?
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Have to agree that these Ariens, if taken care of, will last several lifetimes. That's why I spend time on them.

I made a mistake -- my issue is with the Bracket Tube obloging, not the fork shaft. Still, I assume that if I can use the idea of welding a washer on each side of the case, so the bracket tube has support, that should straighten fully the drive disc and lessen the creeping. Everything else around is pretty tight, so I'm hopeful this is the issue. If you'll recall, this shaft has a round cut around its circumference (I.m assuming to sit on the lip of the hole in the case.

Attached is a picture that shows the obloging...anyone think this plan above will eliminate the creeping issue when the drive belt is engaged?
I knew what you were referring to, that is what usually wears / oblongs the chassis. My above pixx shows what the finished job will look like. Easy fix, the opposite end bracket is easily repaired also. Seems your not located too far from me about an hour. Can easily weld that up for you, no problem.
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