Time to start work on the 68! I picked this up at a plow day in October, mentioned to a "tractor friend" there, that I planned to go to an auction the next weekend to try to get a 56 RER for a project I had in mind. He said he could do better, FREE! He called somebody & made arrangements to pick up one at his local dealer after hours that afternoon. When we got there, this 68 was setting out back ready to be loaded.
Mower is in overall good condition, though the seat was shot, tires bad & steering wheel broken. I brought it in the shop a couple months ago, but hadn't done much to it yet. I had the carburetor rebuilt & acquired a used starter for it! It now starts & runs, all gears work, just needs loosening up, cleaned & painted! Also took the steering wheel off, epoxied the two broken spokes & run long screws through the bottom of the spokes into the hub.
This morning, I used Bondo to finish filling the cracks & will paint it with semi-gloss black. Will start sanding the engine housing this afternoon. Waiting on a new ignition switch before pulling the engine.
Due to the condition, I've decided to restore it as close to original as possible. Will be used for shows & as a backup mower.
BTW, I got the 56 too, it will probably be my next project! ~~ Lowell