Guys I bought this GT a few days ago http://gardentractor...t-a-1250-today/
Its a 1978 Cub Cadet 1250. The PO told me it ran very well a couple of weeks ago. He tried to start it recently but couldn't get it to start. His mechanic told him by phone could be a burnt valve. The day I picked it up he showed me a linkage he saw loose & tried to put the governer arm back on the shaft & it slid inside the motor. Is this possible? I looked inside the hole & I can see what looks like the end of the shaft. What looks like the end of the shaft is sitting inside a sleeve about a 1/4" deep. I slid this magnet back in side the hole but the area in front of the sleeve is smaller than the magnet. I was hoping I could make contact with the magnet & pull it back out. One good thing the PO said he hasn't cranked it since he pushed the rod inside. I asked him if it made any strange noises or banging before he shut it off & he said no it was running just fine. I'm not sure if this rod could be pulled out....my thoughts are to break the engine down & make if there is any internal damage or problems. I met him once to look at it & went back the next day to pick it up. We had very good conversation both days & he seemed very honest. He never once seemed like he wanted me to pick it up & leave. Any thoughts or advice. Thanks for looking.