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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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    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…

    Quote Originally Posted by f150skidoo View Post
    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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    Re: Poor Man’s Jay Leno’s Garage: Zero-Turn Mower Re-Power & Mods

    Here's a new one I just uploaded. I may hold some interest for fellow WeldingWeb members, as mowing season is starting up right now. But there were only a couple of points of welding done to the deck and a sway bar bracket, which I didn't bother to capture on video. The video is about 21 minutes, and most have little time for YouTube, so I'll just includes a few photo clips from it and also include the text description, which otherwise won't appear from an embedded player window like this one here.



    "Christian Livingstone humorously declares himself to be a Riding-Mower-Refurbishing-Oholic, who may even submit criteria for this subset as an Excessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder to be included in the next edition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Otherwise, the video captures him doing a fairly complete refurbishment of a Craftsman II riding mower that he bought at a yard sale for $150, and then sells it to a neighbor at the cost of the mower and the parts for the refurbishing only. Online sources for parts are mentioned as a way to relieve vendors of the burden of being coerced into acting as unpaid tax collectors for hostile, extortion-financed State organizations. The 13hp Briggs motor get a new exhaust and a Walbro carburetor rebuilding kit is used for a new needle valve seating installation to stop a gas leak. The deck gets new spindles, bearings, paint, and light welding. The chassis and and body panels all get paint. The wiring is simplified. Other points are touched on. Delivery to the customer/neighbor is made as the mower is then shown immediately in use. Video length is about 21 minutes."

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    Yeah, should never work on anything in the living room. When I was young and dumb - my first V8 race motor I rebuilt in the bathroom! Much handier, easier to wipe the grease and oil etc of the tiles, be real painful to get it out of lounge room carpet!
    And of course all the honing and washing on the block was done in the tub, so it all just went straight down the drain.......

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    Ha, ha, ha,

    Yeah, just do everything in the shower stall itself for easy clean-up!

    Quote Originally Posted by jackdawg View Post
    Yeah, should never work on anything in the living room. When I was young and dumb - my first V8 race motor I rebuilt in the bathroom! Much handier, easier to wipe the grease and oil etc of the tiles, be real painful to get it out of lounge room carpet!
    And of course all the honing and washing on the block was done in the tub, so it all just went straight down the drain.......
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