rankrank1: I think what you think is the joy stick is the shifter. I wonder what the goal was in bending it back like that.
I agree with cleddy. I would want to move it forward on the tractor. If some one was using it as they daily loader, what a witch it is to get off and on as the loader post are right in the spot where you climb off and on.
I wonder what has rubbed the paint off of the front cowling, perhaps the loader or one of the hoses?
It had a windbreaker on it at one time; the bracket is still on it right in front of the throttle on the rear area on the hood (upside down horse shoe looking black part).
But it doesn't look bad for a tractor that is 40 to 45 years old.