A few months ago I responded to a CL posting a 1969 H3 with rebuilt motor. Got it home and drove it around the yard. After about 10 minutes it began to run very poorly and I shut it down. I was sick as I saw oil running out of the muffler. Well as it turns out nothing was true about that ad. That feeling that you just got taken (insert profanity) sets in. The happy feeling quickly turns to remorse and anger. The seller said the carb was to blame, too bad but your the owner now. OK but now what?
I knew I needed to find a real good mechanic that I could trust. Well my neighbor who I always brought my truck to said he would take a look. The next day he gives me a call and says you better come over here. I did not like the sound of that. He took the head off and found a piston that was so loose and other signs that this motor was no good. How the motor even ran was a mystery. Well after bad news upon bad news, now what?
To make a long story a little shorter we ended up doing a total rebuild with Kohler parts. Cost more but worth it. Then we find the hydro leaking so that was replaced. Pretty much everything is new or rebuilt now. And of course I have a small fortune in this GT. As it turns out this John Deere is a 1971 model.
I may have learned the hard way but a rebuilt or new engine or parts without paperwork has no value!
Now I can focus on the small details. I need lights and a few things.
Edited by anderson classic tractors, May 14, 2013 - 04:34 PM.