I need someone with a Bolens 1886 or similar to tell me if the brake setup is correct on OldBuzzard's 1886 or not. I wouldn't doubt it, except it doesn't feel right to me, and since the tractor has been wrecked (bending up the forward/reverse pedal and ripping off the dash) there's a possibility incorrect repairs had been attempted back in the day.
Here's the way it is now, and the way it came to me:
It may be correct, but my feeling is that it is tight. There is no free play in the brake pedal (although there really isn't anyway there could be free play, so heck with that statement.)
The spring that is supposed to help return the pedal to neutral can't do its job because the linkage rubs tight on the fan guard. My foot on the brake has trouble stopping the tractor. And I've eaten my Wheaties.
I'm wondering if that long linkage shouldn't run on top of the fan guard.