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Tractor quit suddenly - no restart

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02-18-2019 10:54:24

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I fired up my '53 SA one cold night because a nurse who takes care of my mother-in-law drove off our driveway and just needed a gentle pull to get out of the ditch.
So SA is sitting in my unheated shed. Starts right up and with a little feathering of the choke is running smoothly after 10 or 20 seconds. I get ready to hop on and it just dies suddenly. It did not sound like it had starved of fuel but more like the ignition was switched off. This is a 12V conversion with a key. I try to crank it back up but no go. I resort to using a different tractor and forget about SA.
Yesterday I got a chance to look at her. It was much warmer. Nothing pops out at me in visual inspection. I check spark from coil, it's fine. Pop open distributor -all is well. Try to start but still nothing. Pull a plug, spark is good.
So I move onto carburetor and find the problem almost immediately and, while carburetor-related, the problem's not at the carburetor. The problem was up by the steering wheel, something had fallen out. Ha. I was relieved to know it was a simple fix.

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02-22-2019 08:38:43

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 Re: Tractor quit suddenly - no restart in reply to denglish, 02-18-2019 10:54:24  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeLOL

When I was a kid had a pony like that. My dad was a big man 250-260 that pony refused to move when he got on her. She'd take us kids all day but not dad.

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02-19-2019 07:05:38

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 Re: Tractor quit suddenly - no restart in reply to denglish, 02-18-2019 10:54:24  
That's a funny story, sounds like the cub had a "un-saftey switch". On my lawn mower there's a safety switch that shuts things down when you get off, not when you get on.

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02-18-2019 15:12:35

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 Re: Tractor quit suddenly - no restart in reply to denglish, 02-18-2019 10:54:24  
Years ago a friend had a cub with a belly mower he used to keep the grass down on a large lot.
He had a retired friend come and run it one day, but every time the ol guy got on it, it died.
He could restart it from the ground, but as soon as he got on it died. They pulled it to the shop to look it over, turns out the retired guy had more weight on him than my friend and every time he sat on the seat it would go down and short out the battery.

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02-18-2019 11:38:00

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 Re: Tractor quit suddenly - no restart in reply to denglish, 02-18-2019 10:54:24  
Yeah, pretty much the loose nut.
It was the governor rod. It came lose and fell out of the throttle assembly. When it happened I was thinking, boy these old tractors are a pain in the rear. When I found the problem later on in the light of day my love affair with the old girl was renewed. I'm glad I didn't stupidly tear into the carb.

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02-18-2019 11:54:57

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 Re: Tractor quit suddenly - no restart in reply to denglish, 02-18-2019 11:38:00  
things go better in daylight.

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02-18-2019 11:09:36

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 Re: Tractor quit suddenly - no restart in reply to denglish, 02-18-2019 10:54:24  
so what was it? the nut behind the wheel? lol.

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