I am not sure if dad had posted pics of this Ride-a-Matic yet. This is the newest model they made with the knuckle looking grill. Currently we have the motor off and starter generator. Going to take the starter up to get rebuilt by a local shop.
I think the motor is going to fire pretty easily. Seems to have good compression at least with the compression release. We do have spark with it. Currently carb is sitting in a sea foam bath over night. Going to order a gasket kit for the motor and a rebuild kit for the carb. I tried getting the motor to pop by squirting a little gas in the carb and rope starting it. Didn't have any luck though.
Biggest question I have is the drive mechanism on these things. I know on the older one that dad has you can pull the one pin on the sprocket to get it to freewheel. This one however I can only guess the center position for the shifter on the deck would be neutral. I know where the vari drive neutral is as that is still marked. Also with the shifter on the deck I am thinking that the two notches to the left would be for reverse and the two on the right would be forward?