Thanks for the info, that is what I suspected. The old mower just needs to be massaged correctly. When I get done doing a make over I will post the info. A 33 Gennie with the front baffel out removed and the new blades should make a nice mower. The old machine has a lot of potential but you need to fix the stupid stuff Hustler refused to. It is a shame because I still think on paper it was one of the finest ever designed Z's. If they would have fixed the deck, drive, and a few other details I would take that style unit over the new one.