I finally got around to messing with my 145 last night (after owning it for almost a year ) and I got her to fire up for the first time in who knows how long. After replacing the fuel pump, lines, spark plug, wire, condenser and points, rebuilding the carb, temporarily bypassing several safety switches that I couldn't get to work, borrowing an ignition switch from my Cub 782 and using a remote starter switch to activate the solenoid I finally had...intermittent spark, lol. More troubleshooting led me to the coil so I borrowed the one out of my Cub 123 and to my amazement it worked (that tractor is another basket case that I'll hopefully get to soon) and she fired right up
Runs great! No smoke, no funny noises or anything else and runs pretty smooth. Apparently the hydro trans works too as it ran over my foot in reverse when I throttled it up a little bit...I thought I had it in neutral but as it turns out neutral is hard to find. That's it for the good news; now the bad news: I need lots of parts.
Can anyone point me to where I can get an ignition switch along with the connector/pigtail that I could solder into the harness? Mine is pretty badly corroded. Along those lines I need the PTO switch as well and I can't find one of those.
Once I can get some parts on order I can hopefully start making some progress on the old girl soon, I want her to see a plow day this year!
Now the required pics before I get in trouble...
Any suggestions or ideas on restoring the plastic panels for the dash and tunnel cover? They're in good shape as far cracking goes but are quite dull and weathered. There's products out there to coat the plastic or I could possibly paint them but looking to see what others have done...?