Posted September 24, 2012 - 08:19 PM
Yes, Kenny is right. Your tractor is a 1964, and yes the 8hp Kohler is correct for the tractor. Your serial plate should read something like this: 110 9888. If it were mine, it would be a tractor that I would not restore or use. I don't know what your intentions are for the tractor, but if you're looking to attend shows, this would be one of my show tractors and not a worker. Congrats on the find! It's none of my business what you paid for it, but if you got it for less than $500.00, you did really well. Did you get any other attachments besides the mower deck?
As for the steering play, if you look at the steering box, you will see an adjustment screw. You can trying turning that in a little to see if it helps in making the steering a little tighter. Don't go too much, as you will possibly do damage to the steering shaft. If it's not a lot of play though, I think I would just put up with it, or ignore it.
Take Care and have fun with it!!