My very first Elec-Trak (an E20) was a wore out, rusty, cracked frame, limp along, leaky, noisy transaxle machine. The only thing it had going for it was that it was a late model. Several contactors, micro switches, and tires had to replaced to get it semi running. I patched it together and used it to mow for one season. Then, only used it to roto-till my garden.
Starting almost from the original purchase, I begain gathering the needed parts for a ground up re-build. When finally acquiring a nice frame, which was the last main part I needed, the original machine was stripped down and evaluated for components to use in the new machine. Then, got to work.
The new frame had very little rust. Most of which was surface rust. Removed the rust, primed it, and then painted. Used new side panels and rear battery box. Reused the fenders, hood, rear battery box cover, dash tower, steering wheel and column, grill, traction motor, electrical components, and front axle from the old machine.
Sprayed the battery compartments with bed liner, installed new Blazer lights, had the seat cushion re-upholstered, cleaned and painted rims, and mounted new tires.
Acquired a deck shell several years ago which was possibly replaced under warranty. One of the ears that the lift assist springs attach to was missing. You could tell motors and yoke holders had been removed. But, it had seen little use. It had developed some surface rust from being stored in a barn for years.
Removed the surface rust, primed, and then painted. Finally got to use the NOS yokes, casters, lift assist springs, and deck PTO cord I had been saving.
Pulled out the three deck motors (one being NOS) which were purchased separately. This was the first time I had laid them out side by side. I was shocked to see they were all different lengths.
Went to plan B.
Rebuilt three mid-mount deck motors and mounted them to the shell. Applied bedliner, installed new rear deck rollers, clutch housings, NOS blades, and NOS chute.
Used NOS hood emblems which I had purchased from Harold Z. and installed a set of Cuzpro digital gauges. Turned out pretty sweet.