So, I went up to put the LR wheel back on the tractor last night after work - a great Toro shop in Nichols, NY put the tube in for me! So, I get up to the property and bolt on the wheel with no issue. I then fire up the tractor and take it out for a little drive around the property. I noticed two things; one - I need to do something about having no seat, that thing really bangs you around, two - holy cow is the steering loose, you can turn it 1/2 turn before it has any effect on the front wheels!
So after driving around the 17 acres, I decided to head up behind the old house and hook up the trailer that is there. I took the path up the right side but soon found it to be too full of holes. No problem, I'll back down and go up the left side. I push down one the reverse pedal and the engine died. Huh? I popped the hood - no oil, no smoke, no fire... wonder what happened? So I take off the side covers and saw the problem:
The Driveshaft Incident of 2015
Apparently when I backed up, some brush pushed the wiring harness against the driveshaft. I'm sure you can figure out what happened from there. In my frustration I forgot to get pics.
So, now I've got to make a temporary wiring harness. Temporary because I don't have all the colors I need. For now I'll just use red & black and when I take it home to restore, I'll grab rolls of the other colors I need.