Hmmm. what a wreck.
Here is my take.
It is indeed a 200 series. It has the snap-fast pins on the front and it has the newer style ez-adjust front pto clutch and engagement lever on the left side making it a 1974-76. I say 76 because 76 was the last year of the Desert Sunset paint scheme.
The other thing that throws me off is the hood. It is from about 1978 to 1983 model because it has the bump on the left side for the underhood exhaust to exit. The models prior to 1978 had the muffler on the outside of the hood coming out the right side forward.
The deck appears to be a older style deck (from a 155 or 195 as mentioned) that was fabbed up to work on the newer style GT. The front mule drive assembly is clearly home made.
The 6 bolt axles from a 195 or 400 series were probably used on this rear end or a 400 series rear end was installed at one time. If it were from a loader tractor the axle housings would be gusseted. Highly unlikely.
I say the seller is correct that it is a 222. It is a Desert Sunset Model made between 1974 and 1976. If we had the serial number we could sure narrow things down.
I'd give $100 for it just for parts.
Edited by Mjoe7, March 09, 2013 - 10:09 PM.