I was happy to find a 1948 Standard Monarch this week.
It had an older repaint job, and it has sat for a couple years. If anyone has been to the Berryville, VA, Steam and Gas show a couple years ago, this machine was there and was probably cruising the grounds.
The engine has great compression and probably won't take that much to run.
The Standard safety start lever (pushes in front of the cranking hub if the unit is in gear) always cracked me up.
The previous owner had to added the seat on the cultivators so he could ride it around. Its not that bad. It has a great ride.
He also had to add a brake to comply with the Berryville show regulations. The brake is simply a piece of wood that he jams into the tires to stop the tractor. It is pretty smart in my book. It works great unloading off my trailer.
So a couple questions, then.
Didn't these machines come with Zenith carburetors? This brass Schebler screams "old!" to me at the top of its lungs.
Did these machines have a muffler? Must pictures I see have a straight pipe.
Did these machines have an air cleaner? They have to?? Is it the dry air cleaner I see in some pictures or (more likely in my mind for the time period) an oil bath cleaner?