Good morning. Yesterday, as I was about to mow, I got my 41H stuck in reverse and had to go all the way back from the fields backwards. I didn't get any mowing done. Searching the archives here shows that the shifter lever is the culprit, and sure enough, when I took it apart, it was just as the archives had described.
However, looking more carefully shows that the pins that fit into the shifter itself are very worn. The smaller one is between 0.400 and 0.373 in diameter, and the hole in the larger one is egg-shaped, with dimensions between .489 and .448. The OD of the larger pin is between 0.750 and 0.729. The picture shows significant pitting.
Using my drill set as a crude pin gauge, the through-hole in the tractor itself is 15/32 (0.4688). According to the archives, the pin should be 7/16 (0.4375), so even this hole is 0.031 oversize.
My questions: does anyone have any experience bushing the through-hole in the tractor back down to its specified size? Other than buying a "sloppy shifter fix" kit, are there any other suggestions to dealing with this much slop?
I have a lathe and can make these two parts without too much difficulty. I just wanted to see if anyone had done this that might have some pointers before I start. Bushing the through-hole in particular carries some risk, as I would probably drill it out to 1/2 and then bush it down to 7/16. If you think bushing the hole is over-kill, just let me know. Thanks in advance. Dave