Sorry it's been awhile since my last post. Been sick, had a crazy week... First off, I really appreciate the help and advice. Second, I would like to re-affirm what I already said in my first post. This tractor has a lot of sentimental value, therefor, I really want to fix THIS particular machine up. I know it'll take a lot of time and money, but I don't think it's as bad as it looks, and I'm willing to chip away at the project as I can afford it, and get 'er done, even if it takes awhile. That said...
I took the valve cover off yesterday, and since I do not have a hand crank, turned the engine over by strong-arming the crankshaft pulley. NOT easy! BUT! She turned, and all the valves moved. So, the ENGINE IS NOT FROZEN. I also removed the carburetor for cleaning and a rebuild. I will remove the oil pan soon.
I also would like to reply to some of y'all's posts:
@raystractors: Thanks so much for the offers of help- may need it. To clarify, though, my plan has been from the get-go to gather up scattered parts, and REMOVE parts and clean, oil, tighten, and rebuild everything that needs it, rather that "put parts back on". I also plan on replacing every gasket in the engine, as one more step to (hopefully) freshening the machine up. I'm almost glad that the tractor is not running, because if it was, I don't think I would give it the thorough overhaul that I intend to. In the end, I think I'll have a darn good machine.
@Eugene: Thanks for the advice. I plan to work on seeing if I can get her running before I buy tires or anything else very expensive... also, what did you mean by the carburetor throat? I'm not sure what the throat is... however the choke HAS been in the closed position.
@SONNY: Appreciate the enthusiastic advice. This tractor is worth a lot more to me than market value- refer to the beginning of this post, and my original post in this thread. Engine is not frozen (still gotta check for water leaks) and there's no visible external cracks. I also, in good fun, hafta tease you about your low opinion of the A when compared to the SA.
I must say, I'm kinda particular to the nostalgia of the A, and I think the manually-operated implements are kinda cool, too. I know this is blasphemy to all you SA fans, but I think I'll enjoy my straight A- if I can get her in proper working order, and get the proper equipment for her.
Hope I'm not aggravating you fellas, and I do appreciate the input- keep it coming! I'll post more updates and photos soon. Thanks again!