Stealing my thread back..... :-)
I consider the painting done and am re-assembling the deck. I will probably order one new spindle (the other 2 are fine) rather than cannibalizing the spare deck since it may be possible to salvage that entire deck. First spindle is back on. Hafta say that greasing a spindle on the workbench is soooooo much easier than doing it on the deck! I also sprang for some grips for the mower. Surely gives it a more polished look. But I tell ya, getting those grips on was not easy! I worked up a real sweat. I found that spraying wd-40 liberally into the grips and onto the shafts as I worked them down helped. Anyway work is continuing.