WOW and double WOW. What you did is masterful. Thank you for sharing that here at this forum along with the pictures and a good level of detail. That is a special post!
Thank you for the kind words, I am presently working on some other equipment and should post maybe in another thread ? The latest is a HRC215 SX Commercial.
That is a very nice machine, you have kept it very well. I am curious about how you used the 1" PVC on the rear wheel. I have my original light grey and they have some cracking. My machine was literally pulled from the trash and in flood zone. I attached the photo of original where I started and have disassembled, blasted and primed.
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Thank you so much for the detailed information, this tells and shows me exactly what to do. Your attention to detail and obvious love for these fine mowers is rare. I want to know more about your developing post so to follow you. I can also tell you have studied the service manuals and data, you are an asset to this forum. I appreciate.
The only up fit I have done is to the sloppy trailing arms that seize and will ruin the axle shaft by grooving. These sealed bearings are performing well in service.
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That's exactly what I done for my HR214,HR215,HR216 .The correct size for rear wheel drive shaft bearing is flange bearing 15x31x11 in metric .You don't have to buy expensive bearing as these are low speed but need good seal .If the shaft worn out a little is OK .If it worn out too much you have to weld around that spot then file out to correct size .It may become too tight then you have to adjust both wheel at same time as these bearings much tighter tolerance than original one and sure last much longer .By the way its my new collection HR195 ,untouchedThanks for the compliment.
I like the new sealed bearings on the wheel adjuster arm. A few years ago I picked up (for $5) 2-boxes of HR214SX parts from an owner who gave up on a project he never got to in 20-yrs and then sold me the parts - too bad the total HR214 was packed into 3-boxes and the owner lost the other box when he moved 15-yrs ago. Anyway, I just checked these parts and discovered that the bearings on these same arms were shot and the transmission shaft was showing some signs of grooving due to the bad bearings. I'll now have to check these bearings on 5 HR series mowers (I have 3 and 2 of my sons have one each) because when I fixed them up I never looked very closely at these bearings - if a transmission shaft gets ruined it's very expensive to replace.
How did you get the plastic air filter cover so glossy. whole mower looks awesome I wouldn’t even wanna use it it’s too nice.View attachment 29171
Forum, I am new to this site and wanted to share my experience and efforts to restore the titled subject. I am Quality Engineer by trade and explains why I am so detailed and meticulous about this restoration, and was great experience to learn about this fine equipment piece by piece. Presently I will just list the actions done without explanation.
* Blasted aluminum mower deck to bare metal, repaired 2" hole in deck by aluminum welding and primed with Zinc Chromate.
* Single stage topcoat Toyota dark metallic gray.
* Rebuilt recoil assembly, blasted and painted Candy Apple Red.
* Reworked rusted out areas of grass bag frame assembly and repainted with POR 15. New cloth bag.
* Rebuilt rotor driven disk and brake assembly and surfaced contact faces, new driven disk.
* Top end rebuild engine GXV140 ported and polished intake/exhaust.
* Re-seated valves with lapping compound.
* Drilled oil ports (1mm) larger.
* Added inline fuel filter, new fuel lines.
* Zinc anodized small parts as dissembled.
* Dissembled SX Transmission refilled w/Honda gear fluid and restored.
* Wheels reworked with new bearings. Rubber switched front to rear.
* Restored handle mechanism, cabling and bearing points.
I am sure I have left something out but you folks get the picture, what an experience. I have not put the new stickers caution etc. for the paint to fully cure. Thanks to comment, question.
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