Hey I'm all about repair, rebuild and keeping things going for ever! Most things can last forever I think. Most people just throw things away when they have problems. (albeit, your mower had worse much problems then others!) How cool that would be to say. "ya this mower burnt to the ground, and I rebuilt it!"
I laughed when you said that 60 was to cold to work. Here in the mountain west it's finally been reaching 60's for the highs and I'm loving it! No coats or hoodys just short sleeve shirt. Feels good after working on my equipment all winter in an UN-insulated, UN-heated shop in temps in the teens and twenties! Different worlds for sure.
1996 Dodge Cummins 12v
1995 Chevy 1500
Exmark 48" TT wb w/Velky
Bobcat 36" wb
Stihl, And Echo hand held blowers
Honda, And Echo trimmers
2006 YZ 250