I have a '62 4000 (same as a 801) with a 4-speed and as far as the clutch and brake pedals they are pretty much like you describe with your machine. The probable cause for the low brake pedal is wear, and age of the springs -probably time for a rebuild. The clutch doesn't seem to have a lot of pedal travel on the 4-speed. You can check the adjustments for freeplay and pedal height but if it works OK probably best to leave it be. I've been using mine for about 11 years like that and it hasn't changed. -Will
As to the possible weld on the engine block - the area you described is often mentioned as a likely place for a crack due to freezing. If it has been repaired and done well it's probably not a concern. Keep an eye on it and on the coolant level. Make sure you have the correct amount of anti-freeze (use a hygrometer to test) and you should be OK.
This post was edited by Will Gumbert at 05:07:57 12/10/12.
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