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Suffolk Punch 43S setup

Good evening all,

I've just become the proud owner of an old Suffolk Punch 43S and have been giving it some TLC that it hasn't seen in a while.  Overall it seems in good condition considering the age - the clutch for the roller works and, when I can get it to idle, the cutting cylinder doesn't rotate. The engine started after an oil check, petrol, full choke and a few pulls but was a bit lumpy and not really controllable. 

Last weekend I dismantled and cleaned out the carb and replaced the air filter.  No particular issues that I noticed.   I didn't take out or adjust the jets at all.   Afterwards it ran much better - but now I have a larger problem with control!   When I move the throttle lever, the wire moves the regulator lever; when the engine revs highly the regulator moves the spindle as expected.  However, none of this seems to move the throttle valve and, even when I move the throttle valve manually, it does not control the engine speed.  When the throttle valve is at idle, the engine is still fast and the cylinder is engaged.   The other problem is that when I move the throttle lever to stop, it carries on (fast) and the only way to stop is to shut off the fuel.  Even when the throttle is at low/stop, the valve still wants to remain open but when forced to the idle setting, it slows but not to idle.

I can't help feeling that it is just a matter of adjustment to get this working properly but I am afraid that I don't know the settings to set it back to.  I enclose a few pictures of the suspect areas in case they show that a crucial spring (or whatever) is missing.