The real question is on the rods... I have yet to see the point of the shims if I am going to be running the crap out of this tractor. (I will be mowing in front of the house for an hour or two a week for several months out of the year). I have also been told the modern bearings (Clevite or the like) are much harder than orginal. The shims seem like a micky mouse way to build the thing. Should I really use the shims on the rods or should I have the rods re-machined to round (right now they are about .006 shorter top to bottom)?
Has any one out there really used one of these tractors enough to need to pull a shim out?
P.S. I found what the problem is with my trying to post to this board. You can't use words shi* or even pis* (as in to take a leak.... ) It will reject your post and not tell you why....