Well I just had to do it. I got tired of when I wanted to mow the yard the battery would be dead on my lawn tractor. I had decided I wanted one that was pull start so Craigslist here I come. I happened across a Manorway with the mower deck for 175 dollars. Boy that seemed high at first, but the more I looked and keep looking at new lawn tractors with a 30" deck the better the price looked. So July I emailed (that is the only contact) and got no reply. Then after having to jump start my current one again, I went looking and here was the ad again. So emailed and this time a reply 2 days later. That was a good day, he called me back, hooked up the trailer, and off I go. No quibble, just paid the price, loaded up, and back home I go. I will say that whoever had this Manorway took fairly good care of it. It turns easier than my old MTD lawn tractor even if it weights 2 twice as much. A little time after I got home, I had mentally thanked whoever downloaded the owners manual here on GT Talk. That manual came in handy. However I noticed that the parts list and how the PTO assembled and mine are different. My model 13989 serial 00327 had the PTO bottom half attached to the bearing with a nut (that was broken off flush) not a screw. In thinking long and hard I have a feeling that the 69 may have had a grease fitting at the bottom of that part for the needle bearing. Well 3/4 of the needles where missing and no surprise, that is NLA even from the manufacturer. So now for the hunt for a bushing. Thank goodness for folks who save and sell old parts, have 2 the right size coming in next week. Now to fix the lower half, why not do what Ariens did and use a screw. Since the treaded area was already drilled out, it was easy to thread, find a bolt in my hoard, and attach it. That was needed so when you disengaged the pivot would pull the lower half down. I have a feeling that the mower hadn't been run for sometime as there was no way to disengage it. Now to the motor, it would pop but no run. The former owner had taken it on trade for some work he did and just flipped it. if he had gotten it running I probably would have had to pay more for it. In pulling the rope the unit refused to start, so off came the top. Cleaned everything in the ignition, weak spark. Then I noticed that the wire connector was broken off. The contact for the spark plug was laying beside it, so to the scrap pile and cut the connector off a scrap motor. Well that fixed the spark, but then the dogs wouldn't engage on the pull start. That was easy to find since the cup had broken. Back to the scrap pile to find a Tecumseh dog engager. Wasted time trying to get a new one to work, then it clicked. Why not make the old cup work like a new one! I will say then about the old dog cup, they are extremely hard. It was like drilling solid chrome. Hole drilled, screw and 2 nuts later fixed. Now for the fun, motor only runs for a few seconds, replace the intake seal at motor as saw flame from backfire. Still not running, so time to go thru the carb. Waiting to do that after next week as out of town and I don't want to forget how to reassemble it. But in working thru this I got to thinking that shouldn't there be a fuel shutoff? The manual doesn't show one, but guess what, there is one. That was only 1/2 way turned on! Too late, I had the carb off so I will go thru it anyway as fuel leaks around the main adjustment screw.
Well enough for now. I will add notes as I go forward with this project to get it running.