I have let the Ford sit for a while. I had almost made up my mind to either sell it , thinking the good running 16hp Briggs twin is worth more than I paid for the tractor, or find another mower to use the engine on. I decided to check it out one more time. I removed the deck, again, and slid under the tractor for a good look, one more time. It seemed that the belt , which I had replaced already, was too loose. There is no adjustment. I decided to clean the pulleys,with some brake or carb cleaner. Don't know why, it just seemed like a good idea at the time. After the cleaning I tried it and it actually seemed to pull better. On the third or forth attempt at the hill in the backyard it almost stopped and the belt began to smoke. Suddenly the thing began to pull as it should and made several passes up the hill with no trouble. Tomorrow I will buy a belt one inch shorter than the current one and I expect to fix the problem.
Edited by thom, May 09, 2014 - 06:29 AM.