The seller says the motor came from a C141? There's a sticker on the fan shroud that reads K321.
He said he sent the tractor and used motor to a dealer to be rebuilt and assembled. There are receipts for a huge list of parts and labor for the motor job, then another set of receipts or invoices for the deck replacement. The deck is wider than the wheels, its too wide to go in a pickup bed with the deck on. He said its a 48" cut and I highly doubt by how wide the thing is overall that its any less.
He's got the old motor, its an 8hp Kohler, still painted WH red with the clutch or pulleys all still attached. He said it runs fine but he had the motor replaced after upgrading to the bigger deck. The deck still looks pretty new with near perfect paint.
I'm not sure why I keep hearing that the B80 was a small machine? Its as big as any other garden tractor made back then. This one has 23x8.5-12 rear tires and 16x6.50-8 front tires. The way I see it, anything like this has got to be a far cry better than going to Home Depot or Lowed and dumping $800 -$1000 on a lump of sheet metal that'll end up in the scrap heap in a year or two. ( I tried a newer Sears at home a few years ago, got 4 months out of it before the deck got noisy and the trans locked up.)
This one is for cutting a field behind a shop and warehouse I'll be renting, its not a lawn, just a field with grass. The guy who was cutting it was using a Dixie Chopper but part of my getting the deal on rent was that I'll deal with keeping that all cut. The way I see it is that cutting that two or three times a month is well worth the grand I saved on rent per month.
It don't have to be pretty, it just needs to be kept down and cut. The ground is fairly smooth but the grass is mostly clover, crabgrass, and weeds. At one point it was used to keep horses. I'll probably just cut it down to near nothing twice a month, after all its not a matter of trying to keep it looking good, just a matter of keeping it within compliance with the local zoning laws.
When I say rough, I don't mean rough ground, its just that the area is littered with acorns, pine cones, twigs and other debris from the surrounding trees. Mowing there sounds like your running over rocks. I suppose the deck and blades will take a beating.
There's about 50 or so trees all around but with grass in between. The owner wants it kept from turning back into a wooded lot and I agree that keeping it down will help keep critters away from the building. The two adjacent lots actually come as part of the deal, I can do with them what I please just so they are kept clean and not left to grow out of control. I even thought about plowing up one area and planting something worthwhile there. I'd certainly rather maintain a field of growing food than just weeds.
What it amounts to is several one acre lots between and behind the main buildings and warehouse.
My biggest concerns with the thing are how an older machine will deal with modern ethanol fuel and basic issues like all the tin belt guards on it. Its missing the knob that adjusts the deck belt, there's a pin through the shaft and the guy has a socket with a slot cut in it to turn that shaft.
The belts are newer, the steering has some play but most of it appears to be in the tie rods.
It don't have headlights, but I can add a pair pretty easy. It does fire up and run with a jump start and some carb cleaner shot into the air filter. I didn't try to run it on the fuel in the tank.
Its got 8 speeds, it appears to have some sort of dual range transaxle.
Sheet metal wise its perfect with no dents, just scratches and paint fade. Its faded to an orange/red color.
I plan to call the guy tomorrow to try and make a deal.