YAY!!! Happiness is a Case 444 that works! I still can't totally pin down the problem but between fixing the leaks and changing out the oil the problem is gone. One more thing, I belong to two other tractor sites and neither one of them has offered up any advice on this problem, not a single peep. From now on this is the only garden tractor site for me, this place is the best of the best all the way around. Thanks all
Happy to hear you have it running again. I was watching, but had nothing to add.