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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #375 on: November 09, 2008, 05:45:50 PM »
Given the model number a 400...

Easiest way to tell without the numbers, the 350 will have open brass bushings, the 400 will have capped roller bearings on the end of the shafts.

The 350 can be converted, but it's costly.

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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #376 on: November 14, 2008, 11:47:56 PM »
what do u type in on ebay and other places for trannys like 700 or 350 400wat ever one i have the same mower but is an 11 hp one i like the front end better

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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #377 on: November 15, 2008, 08:37:59 AM »
Heres whatcha do....Type in Peerless in the search bar, then when page loads scrool down a bit and look on the left and you'll see "Yard Garden and Outdoor Living" click this. It should bring you where you want to go.
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Re: RE: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD: UPDATED From time to time...
« Reply #378 on: December 17, 2008, 09:42:20 AM »
Here are a few more pics of my build.
I needed to place one of my engines in place to set the fuel cell location


Had to mock up a fuel cell mount………




Here is the fuel cell on the mount.
I still need to make the straps to secure it




Here is how she looks with the console in place




Here she is all-together!





OK, I have a question since I am going to be working on my steering these next 2 weeks since I have alot of time off.  In the pics your steering shaft doesn't look like it is a true 90* with the mower frame, won't that put the pitman arm at the same degree as your shaft and I don't know how to explain it but "bind" it up?  I figured the pitman arm needed to be parallel with the bottom of the mower frame.  Did you bore out the pitman arm to make it parallel or do the sperical rod eyes have enough degree of motion to let the pitman arm not have to be at true 90*?  I am probably over-thinking this, but this is my first build and I have looked at NUMEROUS steering set-ups on here and they still puzzle me to an extent!  I know I am digging up old posts but this post has helped me alot.  Thanks for the help!
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Re: RE: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD: UPDATED From time to time...
« Reply #379 on: December 17, 2008, 12:45:12 PM »
In the pics your steering shaft doesn't look like it is a true 90* with the mower frame, won't that put the pitman arm at the same degree as your shaft and I don't know how to explain it but "bind" it up?  I figured the pitman arm needed to be parallel with the bottom of the mower frame. 

Steering is one of the single most challenging aspects of building a mower.
Very few mowers come from the factory with a perfect 90 degree steering shaft angle.
And yes, it throws all geometry off.

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Did you bore out the pitman arm to make it parallel or do the sperical rod eyes have enough degree of motion to let the pitman arm not have to be at true 90*? 

You are going to get some motion out of the rod ends, and the flat bar will be at an angle too.

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I am probably over-thinking this, but this is my first build and I have looked at NUMEROUS steering set-ups on here and they still puzzle me to an extent!

You are to the point of fitting some metal and quit thinking. LOL
In my first build, I built mine 5 times, and still not 100% happy with it.
Tack, bend..... re-tack.... bend... almost have it, it breaks off the tack.
Weld.... grind it back off.

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I know I am digging up old posts but this post has helped me alot.  Thanks for the help!

This is what these threads are for, all the information is in the site to build a mower, if people look for it.
You will need your motor and pulley installed, or atleast your pan, crank, and pulley, to be able to work around that.

Start reading here http://www.heymow.com/index.php?topic=1595.msg35329#msg35329 and you will see how he did it, and corrected it some posts lower. You steering is going to have some trial by fit.
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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #380 on: December 17, 2008, 01:00:06 PM »
Sooo... I really don't need my steering shaft and pitman arm to be totally parallel with the mower frame?  If I can get away with not putting a u-joint in the steering that would be better and save me $50 wich is always good!
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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #381 on: December 17, 2008, 02:50:00 PM »
Nope all my mtd builds are at factory angle and work well.
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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #382 on: December 17, 2008, 03:55:35 PM »
GREAT!! Thanks George!
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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #383 on: December 17, 2008, 09:45:36 PM »
I have the same frame as Tom and my pitman arm is at a angle as well. I heated my pitman arm and twisted it until it was parallel with the frame.
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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #384 on: April 01, 2009, 03:56:03 PM »
hey tom, im doing a build and the chassis is the same as this one and i was wondering. Is the 4" ground clearance to the bottom of the frame rail or to the lowest point on the frame. Im mostly concerned about the rear cover and front axle u channel clearance.

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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #385 on: February 17, 2010, 09:56:06 PM »
this mower looks really familiar, and i noticed that in your display pic i see the number 199... was this mower in the world record episode of nitro circus? where streetbike tommy did the worlds longest lawn tractor jump and wiped out really bad.

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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #386 on: March 26, 2010, 09:28:47 PM »
Im pretty sure this IS street bike tommys mower ha

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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #387 on: March 27, 2010, 12:29:56 PM »
YUP
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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #388 on: March 28, 2010, 02:30:54 PM »
HA! i knew it!

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Re: CRAFTSMAN B/P BUILD
« Reply #389 on: March 28, 2010, 07:20:52 PM »
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