Found it on the local Craigslist at what I think was pretty cheap. Others must have thought so also since I was the first of over a dozen to call today. I left the house about 30 seconds after he called and drove the 25 miles to put down a deposit and then drove back to pick up the trailer at the SIL's house.
It hadn't ran since late 2010 and he started it and drove it out of his barn while I was driving over the first time. When I got there we tried to start it but it with his charger since the battery is toast. Would not even click but since the engine and muffler were still warm Itook his word for it and we pushed it on the trailer and off again at the shop. I hooked it up to my charger and I found that if I lifted the PTO switch up slightly it would start. It ran like it has two year old gas in it but it did run fine on half choke. Vari-drive seems to work fine.
Deck has been setting unused for about five years and needs belts and a couple of spindles and idlers are very tight. Missing a brake pedal though. Engine does not smoke at start up or wide open throttle but puffs a little going from idle to wide open.
Probably just going to fix it up to sell.
Edited by GTTinkerer, April 15, 2012 - 03:54 PM.