I was taking my tractor into the woods again today for more hauling of logs out of the woods.
I somehow got a branch/log wedged between the tractor and the ground.
I was going forward and I didn't notice what was happen till it was too late.
Apparently the branch/log bent the outside of the Forward/reverse linkage bracket back. The bracket is P/N LVA801231.
This shifted the linkage/pedals over to the outside of the tractor.
I couldn't go backwards as the pedal was hitting the bolt that holds the hydraulic hose retainer.
There was physically something (the bolt) that stopped the pedal from moving down to allow you to back up.
So I had to somehow how back up without using the reverse pedal.
After climbing under and looking at how the linkages worked I discovered that if you grab the forward pedal with your hand and pull it up the tractor will reverse!!
After backing up I could get back to my workshop.
After tearing the thing apart its apparent that the bracket that holds the linkages is not very strong/rigid.
Its easy to get it out of square and go into a parallelogram shape.
I bent the thing back to roughly square and tossed it back together.
If I had access to a welder I'd of welded in a plate on the bottom of the bracket so that it couldn't go out of square and it would keep sticks and other debris out of the linkages.
Another problem I have had in the past is sticks getting in the linkages and making them hard to work.
Easy enough to get under and get the sticks out but the plate would prevent them from getting in there in the first place.
Someone smarter than me could maybe post a picture of the assembly so others might better understand.
A new bracket costs $120 approx. I'm sure mine is slightly weaker having been bent once and then bent back.
But hopefully it'll hold out for another 10 years or more.