Brewski, I'm not sure about the tranny, the starter is via key, like a car, big ole clunky starter though. The tranny isn't like a Crosley, as that's what's in my Harley Deere, and the 2 don't look anything alike. More along the lines of an old Ford 3 spd. car tranny.
All the mechanicals are ok now, but if something besides the engine breaks, I'm at a loss as to where to find the parts