I have to admit that I have been a lurker around here for several years. I've read lots of good advice on lots of tractor issues. But now I need some specific help.
I have a 318 that I bought used about 3 years ago and it currently has just over 800 hrs on the clock. It has been a good grass mower but last week while mowing there was a very solid mechanical "bang". Immediately it ran very rough on what felt like only one cylinder. After I got it back to my shop and got it cooled off I pulled the plugs and observed that when I cranked it, one piston moved and the other did not -- probably a broken connecting rod.
I don't have the time to get into a rebuild or repower project. I have another mower and too many other projects :)
So here are my questions:
What is the value of a 318 with a blown engine?
Should I sell it whole, part it out or haul it to the scrap metal dealer?
Thanks for any suggestions,