After major engine work, the 3000 is mostly back together. Unless some other crisis comes up, I will be checking fasteners, fittings, filling fluids, and going for a ride next weekend.
Reassembly would have gone much faster if I didn't have this uncontrollable phobia. Dirty, rusty parts just cannot be bolted to clean shiny parts (shudder). Left-over mystery parts are another phobia. The walls of my shop are decorated with an assortment of unnecessary guards, covers, shields, etc. that interfered with normal operation or maintenance of various tools and machinery. No problem with those, I know where they went, and what they were for. Unfortunately, I have not been able to identify this part:
For scale, it's about 3" by 1.5" It was in one of my cans of parts that came off the 3000, but I'm not sure it really came off this tractor. I have not spotted it in any of my disassembly photos. Anybody know that this is?