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Re: D17 whats the lever on top of the transmission

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08-19-2002 08:59:21

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There is no horizontal lever on top of the transmission. There is one forward of the transmission, on the torque tube, and it is for the optional belt pulley. The belt pulley is engaged by depressing the foot clutch, moving the lever, and disengaging the clutch- not by stopping the engine, moving the lever, and starting the engine. AC engineers were not always the brightest, but they certainly would not control pulley operation by starting and stopping the engine. Imagine doing that under load! The Series IV D17 had a hydraulic pump mounted in the location of the belt pulley, and it was a continous running pump, giving live, independent hydraulic operation. You can not retrofit it on earlier series, because the drive system is different, even though the location is the same.

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08-19-2002 17:47:49

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 Re: Re: D17 whats the lever on top of the transmission in reply to JMS/MN, 08-19-2002 08:59:21  

Oops...thanks for setting me straight. Guess my memory was a little fuzzy on the clutch thing. I just remember my dad shutting off the WD45 to engage the belt pulley. I've never used a pulley on my D17.... and I had a D19 with the aftermarket hydraulic pump mounted there (but I never used it as I moved and wound up 1100 miles from it.), so am not sure if it was live or not.

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08-20-2002 14:05:51

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 Re: Re: Re: D17 whats the lever on top of the transmission in reply to Eldon, 08-19-2002 17:47:49  
Yup-WC-WD45- you had to shut off the tractor,remove a tapered setscrew, move the pulley assembly by hand to put it in the engaged position- then it ran whenever the engine was running and the foot clutch disengaged. Rather primitive, but cheap. I suspect the D19 pump was live and independent. I think the D19 came out in 1963, first AC with 34 inch rears- about time! My D17 Series III is a 1963, and has the older style hydraulics.

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08-21-2002 14:56:34

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: D17 whats the lever on top of the transmission in reply to JMS/MN, 08-20-2002 14:05:51  
Should read 'disengaged'= foot off the clutch. Well, you guys know what I meant, but didn't mean to confuse the purists.

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