Not so much of what doing today, but more of a past 3-4 days. Mower kept acting up and wouldn't start. All I kept getting was a click-click from switch. Finally, after keeping turning the key, mower started up as if nothing happened and I mowed about 2 acres(didn't shut off mower either). Got mower parked back in the shed and removed the control panel and looked at all the wiring I could go through(ignition switch/hour gauge/amp meter/oil low light/fuses). Removed and checked other safety/wiring connections. Found one push on connector behind control panel that seemed bad and repaired. Went to start, and vroooom. Great. I shut it down. Found problem. Nope. Went to restart and wouldn't start.
I accidently grabbed hold of the manual blade engagement handle and pulled back while attempting to start and all sudden engine roars to life again. Shut off, and again held back on the blade engagement handle and again the mower restarted. A-HA!. Removed a safety switch and found 30yrs of crud built up under the micro snap lever switch's lever(just a fancy name for a simple safety switch to keep engine from starting while the blades are engaged) that prevented the lever from fully pushing the micro switch into the "off/safe to start" position. Spent last 2 days looking to find a new switch(a switch like I need--remember it's a 30yo mower) and found one like the mower company actually used for less than $20..
Tomorrow I re-install the old switch that I cleaned up to see if it works. It should, but at least I now know where I can get a new switch with a part #, if I need to order it.
Might even check with some of the local tractor/home supply stores. Switch is used for many of todays HVAC, plumbing, irrigation needs in my area, so should be easy to find now that I think about it.
It's been so rainy here in Missouri, that at least I had the time to get grass mowed this past Friday, then try and sort out this mess before the grass gets too high again this or next week. I don't worry with this mower when it comes to cutting grass. View attachment 73154