154 Broken Bolts

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154 Broken Bolts

Postby khurley » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:03 am

Hello,

My grandmother gave me a '74 154 a few years ago and I've been using it to mow a couple acres and push snow. Last year I was having some issues getting it to go into gear. I did some research online and tried adjusting the clutch. While working on this project, I saw a large bolt under the clutch just hanging there. I looked closer and found that there were 2 bolts broken off and hanging there, in the holes of the frame.

I'm a lucky girl, and an old friend of the family gave me a small mower that they couldn't get to run. That was an easy fix, and I used it the rest of the season. Now I want to get back to fixing my 154.

I pulled the belly mower off to have a closer look, and have done a little research online. I think these are the bolts that bolt the rear end to the frame? I plan to use an easy-out tool to remove the rest of the bolts.

There is probably 1 1/2 inches of space between the frame and where these bolts attach, this isn't normal, is it? The tractor still moved in this state, but the drive shaft (?) started spinning against some metal near the clutch, so I parked it.

Any insight/advice would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Karla

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Re: 154 Broken Bolts

Postby ihcc104 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:24 am

There should be spacers in there that go between the frame and the trans. If you had a creeper, then that would occupy that space but there should be some hardened steel spacers in there

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Re: 154 Broken Bolts

Postby khurley » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:39 am

Ahh....that makes sense, thank you.

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Re: 154 Broken Bolts

Postby gitractorman » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:46 am

The broken bolts are pretty common on the number series tractors, especially if used to push snow. Not a big deal, getting the old remaining broken bolts out will be the hardest part. You can come up with almost anything to use as a spacer, or buy spacers from a parts store. I've used the next size larger nuts and/or washers to make them. Unfortunately, if those are broken it likely meanse that the remaining bolts are loose and/or the holes in the frame are wollowed out from them being loose. Take your time to remove, inspect, and replace all of the bolts where the transmission bolts to the frame. Also, I'd use some Lock-tite and lock washers on the new bolts going back in, especially if you're planning to push snow.

Good luck and let us know if you need anything else.
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Re: 154 Broken Bolts

Postby khurley » Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:04 am

Thanks so much for the help!

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Re: 154 Broken Bolts

Postby khurley » Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:15 am

Oh....I have another question:
How much space should there be there?

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Re: 154 Broken Bolts

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:59 pm

Be wary of putting a lot of pressure on EZ OUTS. They might break and make your problem much worse. Locate a set of left hand drill bits and drill the holes in the bolts. You might just get lucky and the drill bit will back the broken bolts out enough to be able to grasp them with locking pliers. Good luck with the repairs. Stan

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Re: 154 Broken Bolts

Postby khurley » Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:37 pm

Success! The broken bits came out way easier than I expected. I even got new bolts and spacers installed today. Thanks for the support :)


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