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Driveline / 700 trans shift gear washers
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:53:40 pm »
This is the type of washer that is in my tranny. The problem is that when I pulled it apart it was so full of grease I didn;t notice which direction they were facing.  Does the bevel face the shift keys or away from the shift keys?

Driveline / Blue Colored Gears in 700 ???
« on: February 16, 2012, 06:03:34 pm »
So I cleaned my trans gears at work today in the hot water parts washer and when they came out the splined countershaft gears have a "blue" tint to them.  It's not an over heating type of blueing, more like they are actually tinted blue.   The shift gears are fine. Any one ever see this before or know if it means anything special?  I will try and post pics later tonight.   Thanks, Tom

Driveline / 700 Tranny Question
« on: February 12, 2012, 12:51:11 am »
I pulled my first tranny apart yesterday and finished getting it apart today.  It came out of a John Deere rear engine rider.  Somewhere I read where Deere spec'd steel shaft bushings from peerless on their tranny's. Well I found 2 steel bushings on one side and 2 brass bushings on the other side.  Would you say that somewhere along the line someone was in this trans and replaced the stock steel bushings with the brass ones?  I am planning on replaceing all 4 shaft bushings anyway.  Just seemed odd.  Thanks Tom

Chassis / Ride Height
« on: February 11, 2012, 08:04:00 am »
So, I am in the process of starting to mount my front and rear axles.  One question I have is, how do you guys get your ride height?  My idea is to put 4, 4 1/2" spacers under the frame to get my axle heoght locations with tires inflated to 15 lbs. all the way around.  Is my theory flawed or is there a better way?  How do you guys do it?  I have seen a few builds in the build section that look to be set up that way.  I know in ARMA frame height can be 4", BUT I would rather be a little high than too low.  Thanks, Tom

Driveline / 700 Series Trans. Input Shaft Seal
« on: February 10, 2012, 04:18:27 pm »
Went to price out a seal today at Carquest part# 340387. The seal for the input shaft. $6.27 at the local Carquest and NAPA stores.
Just for fun I cross referenced it to a John Deere number at our dealership.....  How about $2.27 list!!!!!  Needless to say I ordered 3. So there is a lower cost alternative to some of the others out there.  Anyone building a trans can save a few bucks by going to your local John Deere dealer and ask for part # E72193!!

Coffee Shop / Surprise today at Work
« on: February 08, 2012, 12:07:17 pm »
So I am at the parts counter today at work and one of my mechanic buddies walks up to the parts window and says " Is this the kind of transmission your looking for?"  He was holding a 700 series tranny out of and old R72, R92 rear engine rider.  I said "yes, how much do you want for it?"  He said "you can have it. It was just gonna go to the scrap yard anyhow. Oh, by the way, I probably have another 2-3 at home. You want them too?"  I about fell over!!!  I also told him I would take any he had or got in the future.

Took the shifter guide off and found out it is a 740. The numbers under the 740 are stamped
4313  5499.   Do they mean anything special?   I need more days like this!!

Driveline / Axle Locks
« on: February 04, 2012, 05:07:33 pm »
Just out of curiousity, what do you guys use for shaft locks?  1 piece, 2 piece, steel, aluminum?  Or does it matter?

Coffee Shop / Problems Last Night? Tuesday.
« on: January 11, 2012, 09:07:11 am »
WAs anyone else havinf issues with the site not coming up last night. I tried for a solid hour and it would not connect, but I could get on any other website I tried.

Driveline / Shifting Question
« on: December 14, 2011, 10:23:30 pm »
I know this may sound dumb, but I am building my first racing mower.  I have been to a few races but am not sure of the answer to this. How do you guys start a race?  I know you have to choose a gear to start in, but do you just bang it into the next gear or do you try and start out in the gear you want to run in?  I can't be the only newbie to wonder this. Thanks, Tom

Coffee Shop / Nice Article In Local Paper
« on: August 16, 2011, 02:28:42 pm »  This was the first time Lawn mower Racing has been to our fair. I understand it will return next year!!

Coffee Shop / Racing Apparel, What do you use??
« on: August 09, 2011, 11:48:30 am »
Are you guys wearing motocross jerseys with chest protectors or just a lonf sleeve shirt. I have started looking and am curious.  I like the motocross stuff because of the padded elbows and that some of them wick away moisture and breathe better than a plain old cotton LS shirt.   So what is it?  Thanks, Tom

Coffee Shop / Carroll County Fair Race this past Sunday
« on: August 01, 2011, 10:01:00 am »
I just wanted to say how nice it was to finally get to meet some of the guys that I have only previously "talked" to on here.  This was also my first event that I attended.  If anyone out there hasn't been to a race and is curious, GO!!!  All the guys and girls I met yesterday were the GREATEST!!!  From all the racers to the President of ARMA. They are ALL great!!!  

I feel very lucky to be in an area where there are SO many great SPORTSMAN.  I heard them telling interested people what they could do to set up a mower, How to do things economically as well as what you SHOULD NOT scrimp on.  I am already in the build process, but if I wasn't this would have put me over the edge to get involved. I also have a feeling that one young man there Will be building a mower over the winter. He brought his stock mower and was bitten by the bug after seeing what he COULD do with a little effort.

Again I would like to thank (in no particular order) Aaron Crowl, John Herring, and Joey and Vicky Nahas and the whole Maryland Mower Mafa race team for all their hospitality!!
 Tom Smith

Coffee Shop / Safety Equipment Question
« on: July 27, 2011, 03:05:22 pm »
I know in the faster classes it is required to have a helmet, but is it required in Stock?  My mower won't be ready until next season (hopefully) and I want to run the Stock class at our local county fair and want to be prepared. Thanks in advance, Tom

Coffee Shop / Found some pretty cool hood pins
« on: May 15, 2011, 12:38:30 pm »
I saw these on a drag racing site that I frequent. They are really nice and simple. I am going to buy 2 for my hood. They are kind of pricey at $23.99 each but I like them better than a rubber strap and they won't get lost. If they work on 200mph race cars I figure they will work on our mowers!!  Here is a link -

Coffee Shop / Promoting Mower Racing
« on: April 25, 2011, 11:03:45 pm »
If anyone in the Maryland area is interested in promoting lawn mower racing this weekend, our antique tractor club is having our annual tractor show at Gladhill Tractor John Deere dealership in Frederick, Md. on Sunday.  The dealership is right off Mt. Zion rd. off of Rt. 15/340 south. from 9am to 4pm.  There will be an antique tractor show and pull as well as good food and live bluegrass music.  It would be great if someone could bring a few mowers to the show.  Open the eyes up of some of the people that don't know what lawn mower racing is.  It would be really cool if someone with a John Deere racer could make it. Hint, Hint  ;)  Thanks in advance to anyone that can make it. I'll even buy the ice cream for those that can make it.  Hope to see you there!!  Thanks, Tom 

If you want/need more info PM me with questions.

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