I have an extra 154 loboy tranny and 3 sets of final drives from the 154's too. I have some heavier than the cadet frame fabricated channel but not as heavy as real channel iron. The steel maybe 3/16" or close to a 1/4'' thick and about an 8'' high wall i'm thinking about a whole new longer frame for a cub cadet longer so i can add hydraulics with the oil tank and pump in the front. With the 16hp briggs it would be a beast. The 16hp briggs has the drive plate on the flywheel side and the pto pullies setup on the rear side just like the kohler engines. It looks doable with a little fabrication. My oldest son who has been helping me is alomost up to speed now. I had him finally changing tires on the tire changer i purchased.(hand operated) Just like the one in the gas station were i started as a kid. He is finding out that the tire lube can be your best friend with the old dried out tire beads. I got some valve stems, the very short ones for the tubless tires and some tire tools from www.patchboy.com
there very affordable. I like the shortest valve stems on the cadet tires i think there 5/8" or 3/4'' long.
I have right now on my fix list;
1. My 1st int154 adjust and set the pto and install it, assemble the 3260 deck with the new bearings. I already pressed in the bearing races.
2. Work on my fcub, all the parts are here already.
3. Finally work on my 154 fel/backhoe. Again i have everything now but the bulkhead 1/2'' tubing fittings and the hydraulic hoses which will be very short now because i'm going with 1/2'' tubing. I'd like to get the rear subframe sub'd up and at least get the FEL running first.
4. My cadet 100 w/tiller needs pto work.
5. My cadet 104 needs a throwout brg.
I got two tractors up and running lastweek in the sun. if we get some sun maybe i can get more done if i feel up to it. I'm dying to get the FEL up and running. Bill