Re: Swisher Big mow/Ride King linkage problem
My assumption (that I kept to myself) on the deck belt was correct. The belt is a BA50. That should be a 1/2" by 50" belt if my memory serves me correctly. I was lucky to get a replacement Swisher belt for mine before all the stores discontinued carrying them.
The drive belt for that single speed should be a T36. From what I can tell, that belt is unique to the single speed mowers. It should be a 1/2" by 36" belt if I remember correctly again.
I have a full parts breakdown for the single-speed and early two speed that I will try to scan into the computer in case someone needs it. I even have a manual for the A32B models with the 8hp Briggs on them.
If you look up the Swisher site that has information on history of the company, I think the first Big Mows were Blue and White. So Jayhawk Blue could work without causing any ruffled feathers with restoration purest. Honestly, it is your mower, paint it what ever color makes you happy.
I Almost forgot. Is the front tire solid or tubed, and how about the rears as well? The earlier single speed mowers had solid tires all the way around. I have no idea of timelines for when the changes were made. I think the switch to two-speed was in the early 60's but I can not be sure. 1992 is around the time for a engine change to the 8hp Briggs, again if my memory is correct (and it often messes with me!!).
Good luck with this machine. I still think that there were the best built and easiest mowers to service made for many years. Add the zero-turn and it was very hard to beat then -- especially for their price!
1946 David Bradley w/ reel mower
Old Hainke Whirl Cut Mower
Late model Swisher Big Mow
And many more!!