Thanks guys. I'll tear into it, it's just one of those times that everything is coming apart at once. I am learning alot, and will come out the better though!
It looks like this rod was held in with a circlip that must've let loose. I haven't disassembled the cylinder though. Maybe something else broke as well.
It looks like it might be time to just tear this tractor down and go through everything. There's a leak coming out of the side of the pump:
I noticed the frame mount of the FEL has shifted on the rear axle significantly. These tubes clamp around the rear axle. Things have shifted to the left in this picture by about 2", although it's hard to tell from the poor quality pic.
After looking things over, I think there's a brace missing that is supposed to connect to the base of the two pillars on the FEL assembly, and pin into the tabs under the mid-section of the tractor.
The hoses have seen better days. None are leaking yet, but it might be about time to replace them.
I found there's a brace missing on the hydraulic pump for the FEL that is supposed to take the rotational force too. It should connect to the side of the pump cover/gaurd on the front of the tractor:
The fan needs some attention as well, as I work this unit pretty hard in hot weather.
The engine has developed a significant oil leak from somewhere too:
And a pinched hoseclamp around the lines to the FEL pump is restricting flow:
There's various welds that are cracking, and other miscellaneous items that need attention. I think the fuel pump needs replaced, as it takes 20 cranking attempts to get it to start unless you pour some gas in the carb.
While I'm at it, I need to put a set of tires on it. I've blown 3 front ones, and one of the rears leaks down over a few weeks. It really needs some major weight on the rear wheels. And, the entire steering needs reworked. And, the lever for the 2 speed rear end has broken. And...
In better news however, the toothbar I just got for it really works well!!
So, in the coming weeks, look for a freshen-up thread to start :)
Edited by ENafziger, April 14, 2014 - 11:46 AM.