I am for all intents and purposes new to the forum. I bid you all good day.
I have a 1968 Jacobsen (Ford) Super Chief 120 that runs flawlessly. It has the 2 stage thrower, the dozer blade, the trip blade and the mower deck, original wheel weights and chains and 6 full sets of tires. My problem is that the hydrostatic is weak. I have cleaned the filter and replaced the fluid. The tractor can barely move itself across the grass. I love this little tractor and was wondering if there is a way to fix.
I have lifted it off the ground and found that when one wheel is turned, the other goes in the opposite direction, I have not found the shafts spinning and the wheels not moving, all the pulleys seem to be doing their job. When the lever is pushed all the way forward or backward it sounds like there is a loose nut inside the pump rattling around. If the lever is only pushed forward a bit, then the tractor will move slowly but weakly and the awful noise goes away. This seems to happen in either direction but I must say that reverse does seem a bit stronger.
My question is about the pump/transmission. Can these be rebuilt with off the shelf parts? Can a local shop do it? Would it be worth doing these things to it? I am afraid I just don't know enough about the transmissions to make a proper decision without some of the experts on this forum. Anything you folks can recommend would be greatly appreciated.
I have also done a few searches and not found the answers I am looking for in the forums or the manuals. :)