After a very,very, long hybernation, my Dad's '48 FCUB, Bingo, roared to life at 2:00 P.M. this afternoon
After a running it briefly to check for good oil pressure, we shut it down and filled with coolant/water blend. After starting it up again and letting it warm up, we noticed a coolant leak here and an oil leak there...nothing a quick turn of a wrench or screwdriver wouldn't fix.
Unfortunately, we will have to split the tractor and remove the new "Bates" style TOB we installed during assembly.
The moment the clutch is depressed, the motor slightly lugs down, and if you depress the pedal further, it sounds like the TOB is hitting something(pressure plate, clutch fingers). Dad has a good, usuable OE style TOB that came out of the tractor at dis-assembly that we will be using..... we should have put it back in.
I will say we sort of were expecting trouble with the "bates" style TOB, considering all the trouble with them lately.
Anyway, we did acheive the goal for today and got Bingo started.
Alot worse things could have happended.