I have a JD 717a Mower with an original 19HP Kawasaki Engine (Engine Id Number FH601v-bs32-r) The engine has seen better days and I would like to install a new engine. John Deere has been no help with cross referencing a suitable replacement, in fact I have emailed about 10 dealers across the South East and no help yet. I found a Kohler Engine that I think will fit. http://www.ebay.com/itm/360762541981?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT It has the same dimensions and the shaft is the same size and width. Same configuration with the canister air filter mounted high. Throttle controls in the back, starter mounted on the same side and location. So my question is, has anyone had experience with this machine and an engine swap? Would this work? What type of electrical rewiring may I have to do? The dealer makes it sound as though no one has ever swapped out an engine on those machines. Wants to sell me a short Block and install to the tune of $2000. Thanks for your help.