Picture not looking so good now.
TSC oil gauge is a drop in replacement and bingo started it up and bingo 17psi instantly when cold.
When hot it drops to about zero
So I guess that gas sloshing around in the oil killed it after all - bearings shot. Zeniths are a POS, MS are better. That will teach me to shut off the fuel each time but boy life's lessons get expensive. Lifters real noisy and it runs like $hit but that could just be the points that are looking suspect.
Attached my old old 4' squealer and had a cr ap ppy mowing session...sigh... my baby
The Palmer Arena Groomer is just a pull along but when I added a need for real power ..... big f a i l. Actually failure on two fronts, no tractor power and I rediscovered what happens when are heading to a fence you just fixed but forgot to attach the overrun clutch but no damage to the tractor luckily, the fence is another story.
Now what??? Does anyone need a boat anchor. The good news is Squealers are awesome. How do I fix with little money and 22 mins a day to spare before falling asleep exhausted with my face in my dinner. Old age sux, golden years my a$$ but I guess the alternative is worse. My chiropractor was sympathetic as he tried to unpretzel my back - "stop whining and get back to work", his bedside manners could use a little improvement. Walk away from the physical life now and you will be dead in 2-5 years he said, I can fix anything but atrophy. So how come that did not make me feel better?
BTW Fred that 5' is a perfect fit for your machine - nice ride. I didn't even know Deere ever made a 5 footer.