Last Fall I got a '73 T-16 given to me that was not running and only came with a front blade. I did a carb rebuild, new coil, battery, spark plug, gas, and of course oil and it was running (good enough to plow snow). Now I'm looking to actually get it looking and running a little better, and I wanted to start by figuring out some of the wiring issues it has.
Firstly, I think the ignition on this tractor has been changed from the original setup. I really don't know much about these, but I don't believe the big battery ignition coil (picture 4) would be an original type of part. It works for now though. The only problem Is the generator doesn't always charge the battery, sometimes it does, other times it doesn't.
The electric PTO is on all the time, because switch is gone, with just an empty hole it the dash where it should be. It looks like the wires were then run to the electric lift pull lever (top right of first picture) which I don't think my tractor even has electric lift, but pulling the lever in and out does nothing to control the PTO. I'm hoping this can be fixed by just throwing a new toggle switch in.
The last, and probably least important issue is when the hood is fully shut, the tractor loses spark completely. I have checked every wire and ignition component for shorts, but couldn't find anything that seemed to be the culprit. For now, I just keep something wedged in there to keep the hood open an inch or so and it runs fine.
Hopefully there are some wiring gurus out there who can give me some tips here, or even explain what type of a ignition system this thing has going on.
Edited by Gage's Garage, March 30, 2016 - 04:52 PM.