There's been talk of engine rebuilds and crank/bearing questions, so I thought I would share a couple of pictures of what can go wrong when things aren't checked over VERY carefully.
(sorry about picture quality!!
These bearings are from a 1250 Cockshutt that we parted out, but the principal is the same with a Cub. It would seem that the PO to the fellow we bought this from found that parts were hard to find and did a "rebuild" with low quality parts. Th ebearings he was able to find have to be machine to fit the crank, and have to have the tabs bent out when inserted to the block and caps, etc.
It would seem that he didn't know/ care, and didn't check his clearances!
All of the main bearings spun, and one rod bearing!
This is what happened to the crank.
I know its not very clear but, at the top left of the journal you can see some silver/gray streaks. That is where the bearing, which didn't have enough clearance, stuck to the journal.
Always check clearances after replacing bearings. Just because the package says the parts are the right size doesn't mean the right parts are in the box (it happens), or that the machining job was done properly. There can always be human error!
Once again, sorry about the fuzzy pictures!
( I gotta get a digital camera!!)