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    Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Zero-Turn Mower Re-Power & Mods

    Here’s a recently completed and fun project that may hold some interest for a few fellow Welding Web members, as welding, fabrication, transition solutions, and engine-driven stuff often go together.

    But, the video covers a lot, so I’ll include photo clippings from it below too, along with the text description from the YouTube site itself.



    "Christian Livingstone shares his zero-turn mower re-powering project, involving an upgrade from a 12 HP Single cylinder flathead motor to a 20 HP Twin cylinder overhead valve motor, to compensate for a larger mowing deck installation on his 1995 Dixon, model 3304. The video is somewhat lengthy, at about 78 minutes, so there may only be genuine appeal for the true riding mower enthusiasts. But, there is quite a bit of welding and fabrication demonstrated, including a custom, aluminum, diamond plate gas tank, along with a conversion from a vacuum actuated fuel pump to an electric fuel pump. An exhaust modification is made. Best practices for the bending of aluminum sheet to minimize cracking is shown. Some novice wiring and troubleshooting is done. A pulley ratio is changed, along with increasing the engine's top no-load speed to a seemingly modest 3100 RPMs, giving the mower a faster travel speed without outrunning the ability of the blade speed to give a finished cut. The application and use of pre-emergent herbicide is touched upon, along with some brief mention of incidental topics and views, too. A recap is given with rationales for most of the actions taken. On a couple video segments Christian is assisted by a neighbor/friend, who may be the first person in human history to TIG weld for the first time while having someone else doing the filler metal deposition. Otherwise, Christian humorously frames the project as a “Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Dixon Mower Re-Power & Mods”.

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    Re: Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Zero-Turn Mower Re-Power & Mods

    Are you working on that in your living room?
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    Re: Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Zero-Turn Mower Re-Power & Mods

    Yeah, for a brief tack-up on the exhaust modification I did roll the mower indoors, since the structure was formerly a garage and there was snow and moisture outside at the time. That's all in the video, too.

    So, I guess it really is a “Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage”. Ha, ha, ha…

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    Are you working on that in your living room?
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    Re: Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Zero-Turn Mower Re-Power & Mods

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Livingstone View Post
    Yeah, for a brief tack-up on the exhaust modification I did roll the mower indoors, since the structure was formerly a garage and there was snow and moisture outside at the time. That's all in the video, too.

    So, I guess it really is a “Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage”. Ha, ha, ha…
    I find your posts and videos interesting.
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    Re: Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Zero-Turn Mower Re-Power & Mods

    Hey,

    Thanks for that, Jerry.

    It was a fun project. I might have hammed up a few of those segements with the "never been done before" statements.

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    Re: Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Zero-Turn Mower Re-Power & Mods

    Quote Originally Posted by f150skidoo View Post
    Are you working on that in your living room?



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    Ha, ha, ha...

    Maybe Tommy Chong has beaten me to the "never been done before" on that segment.
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    Re: Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Zero-Turn Mower Re-Power & Mods

    Here’s an addendum video to the “Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage” one. And while the parent video had some welding and fabrication involved, this one just gives some mower motor solutions. But, as the Spring season is now arriving and as many fellow Welding Web members are undoubtedly getting their riding mowers with these type of motors ready for use, maybe someone here will find some of the information helpful. It's about 20 minutes. Full refunds will be given if not completely satisfied…



    "Christian Livingstone includes this video as an addendum to his “Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Dixon Mower Re-Power & Mods” project. It shows the solutions for solving hard-starting and surging symptoms on Briggs Intek V-Twin motors, namely, valve lash adjustment, some subtle reaming-out of Nikki low-side carburetor jet journals, and a governor adjustment. Though not meant as an exhaustive step-by-step how-to guide, enough demonstration is given that many will undoubtedly find it helpful in solving the same problems with their own motors, but more detail is also given in the earlier, project video itself."
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    Re: Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Zero-Turn Mower Re-Power & Mods

    Be careful. I had a co named Green Giant Tree once. Six months later they came out of the woodwork like piranhas.If you need to guess who "they" is....woe unto you

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