In a couple months I will have had this tractor for 10 years. It was one of those "get around to it projects" and was at my buddy's place. I offered to sell it a few times with no takers. It was not running when I acquired it and I was told it had a rod knock and "wouldn't pull a hill". The blower shroud was present but removed as was the coil wire. I wanted to get a vacuum cleaner to the thing and clean out the cylinder but not having it at home presented challenges. I finally maybe two years ago pulled the head and cleaned it out the best I could without a vacuum. I was having trouble with spark and never got it to hit. I was using a megafire as the points plunger was wore out and I didn't have another. Fast forward to this winter.
As delivered 10 years ago:
As it sat this winter:
I knew I needed to get it running to move it as it would not roll and the manual stated that towing would destroy the transmission. I put a battery in it and it cranked with the key but smoked a little from the connection at the switch. It fired up. The engine seemed to be one of the smoothest running Tecumseh's I've had. It does make a bit of a chatter but not much more than any of the other HH Tecumseh's I've had. I engaged the transmission and it moved out of the spot it sat for nearly 10 years. What a feeling. It would die intermittently and I found it was the blower shroud moving and grounding out the kill wire. I fixed that. Its now home and getting some TLC. I really like the style of this tractor. May put an old style 3 point on it. This tractor has a total of seven belts on it. Wow.