DH1: Do you have a picture of the right side of the ring starter style tracter you posted earlier?? Reason I ask is my tractor, while not having the long lever on the left side, mine does have an opening on the deck that would appear to have had one there at one time. Also in that picture I see a black knobed lever in lower middle directly below steering wheel Mine has that, but no indication what it is for.
Early model S/G right side
Late model Ring Gear right side
I think you talking about the hood latch