Dad has a 1962 Fordson Dexta (09B716466), gasoline engine, with a live PTO.
The other day dad was bush-mowing (I believe 6-7 foot diameter), when the blade stalled and literally stopped spinning. After quickly depressing the clutch and disengaging the PTO he removed the obtruction and carried on.
He mentioned that the tractor was very difficult to get into gear, in fact having to grind(!) force the gear lever unless he got out of the seat and depressed it as far as possible. This problem is very new, as I tuned it up just prior and experienced no such problem.
When I looked at it, I ajusted the clutch pedal per the Service Manual, then tested it. It was slightly improved, but still the clutch assembly is not fully disengaging to allow inserting into (any) gear.
After tinkering a bit more, when engaging the PTO the tractor produced what can best be decribed as two gears which were on the verge of NOT meshing. What I envision is either a shaft has broken which is allowing the gears involved to deflect and therefore make noise, or something within the double clutch assembly has been compromised by the sudden stop during the bush mower incident.
I"m about to separate the cases and investigate. I have a rather good Service Manual for this lovely tractor, the other question is going to be if there is clutch and/or shaft/gear damage, what are the chances of finding the appropriate replacement parts??
Thanks in advance for your input.