I thought today was going to be all about the handle bar assembly, but the tractor had other ideas: it wanted to talk, and oh what stories it told.
The handle bar assembly was in rough shape: the clutch lever shaft was welded to the handle bars, the throttle lever had been moved, the throttle cable was held on with jubilee clamps, they needed to be re-painted, and the grips were worn to limits. Should be simple fixes. Cut the shaft, remove the the offending pieces and then prepare the bars for painting.
All went well until the shaft bounced off the table & landed in an unusual position. That is when I spied the third set of holes! What ever could they be for? The 1st set is for the powered implements. The second set is for the clutch. It took me a couple of hours to remember that Waterloo introduced a reverse mechanism in the mid 50's. None of my manuals show it, or make reference to a different shaft. Guess that dates my manuals.
Later on, I was doing some mindless wire-wheeling with the grinder when all of a sudden, this pops up!
I had to get a better look, so I cut the ratty old hand grips off. Thats when surprise #3 struck.
They are yellow! Everyone I had seen was white, or so they appeared. Guess they are just sun faded.
Anyway, here is what the rest of the imprinting said.
To top it all off, I got to use my rebuilt sickle mower & the Allis HB112 today to cut some clover for our rabbits. Off topic, I know, but it was fun.