I'm giving a neighbour a hand with his Ford tractor and would appreciate any help with the following.
The tractor developed what appears to be an electrical problem when trying to start it. The battery is OK, lights work etc but when the key is turned to the start position - nothing!
While the tractor is a fair age now it has only one owner, very low hours and kept in shed so is in pretty good shape overall.
I can start the tractor by 'jumping" the connections directly on the starter motor solenoid so have ruled out a problem there.
I think that it may be the switch or the wiring/connectors between the switch and the starter motor.
To abtain access to the switch and wiring, I have started to dismantle the hood but have run into difficulty removing the rear section over the fuel tank as it is fitted around the steering column.
I haven't been able to remove the steering wheel (probably never been off in 30 years) and there is a bracket which supports the gear selector mechanism which is a close fit over the cover which I may also have to remove.
I am not confident about disconnecting the gear linkages above the transmission housing as it may be tricky to reconnect them correctly?
If anyone has any experience or suggestions it would be much appreciated.
I don't have access to a shop manual for this tractor which makes it a bit difficult too.
I have a reasonable amount of experience working on these smaller tractors but mainly with Massey Ferguson's.
Thanks for any help offered,