So I've been keeping my eyes open for a machine. Still debating whether to pull the trigger or not, But may look at a 1972 1614 this weekend. Spoke to the seller, seemed pretty honest and gave my all he knew on the history of the it. He made a point to mention the rear brakes are leaking fluid possibly at a seal, and may need to be looked at. I'm not familiar with these type brakes and his explaination was not to clear so I'm not sure if this is a big concern to deal with. Can anyone explain what type brakes are in these power kings and how they work?
Second item of note was the engine was sleeved in 2003, along with new rings. Says it starts immediately, blows no smoke, nor doesn't burn any oil. Thats a plus, I'm just not sure what the implications are that the engine was sleeved. Would it be possible to sleeve it again if it becomes worn or burns oil in the future?
He noted that he used it to pull down small trees when he was fixing up his lawn. I didn't ask how large the trees were, but that seems a bit much for a small machine as this. I dint get the impression it was something he did all the time, was just giving an example of what its capabilities are.
So mechanically it seems pretty good by his description and he said he would send photos. His price is in a good range and seems fair for my area so will look at it this weekend unless anyone has comments to the mechanical items I mentioned.
Thanks for any input.