Okay, I just came in from plowing for the last hour or so. Remember what I said yesterday about watching the guys in the trucks with the snow plows attached and thinking I was having more fun than them? I'd like to take that back.
It was not fun out there today....
Man, is it cold out there. Ten Degrees below zero and 20 - 35 mph winds. I had a bunch of drifts that needed cleared so I fired up the Cub however it wasn't quite so easy this time. I turned on the gas, moved the throttle lever forward, closed the choke and pulled, pulled, and pulled the ignition switch to no avail. It was froze tight, a new experience, surprise #1. I tried to lay my hand on it for a few minutes to thaw it out with no luck. I had to bring out the MAPP gas torch to thaw it out.
Once the switch was in the on position the '53 fired right up. I let it warm up a bit before getting on to start plowing. Surprise #2, I depressed the clutch peddle but when I released it, it slowly returned to the engaged position. I pumped it a few times with the same results taking about 1-2 seconds to fully return. Anyway I had no troubles the rest of the time while I was plowing other than finding room to put all the snow.
When I was done plowing I had to again use the torch to shut the Cub off. Surprise #3. I parked it back in the barn but this time I put a heat lamp under it.