I was thinking about this last night awhile flipping through craigslist.
Back in 2004 we got flooded in the ohio valley twice from the hurricanes traveling up the cost. There is an island in the middle of the of the ohio river called "wheeling island"(go figure) and a lot of it was under water. We have a local paper called the Greentab. Well I found an add in there "Cub Cadet 107, Has been stored outside, was underwater for 1 week 50.00" Figured what the heck. I picked up the phone, called him up and went and picked it up for 50 bucks. He also threw in the attachments. A tiller, wheel weights, and a plow. It was actually in decent shape, but being stored outside for many many years it was pretty rusty, plus sitting underwater had allowed water to enter the transmission and engine. Both were froze up.
A little marvel mystery oil went into the engine, and I drained and flushed the transmission several times, and reloaded it with fresh oil. After a large breaker bar, some more oil, the motor broke free. She started up, and smoked like a tire fire. Aside from the smoking it ran pretty good. Put it in 1st it stalled the engine when I let the pedal out. So, I tied it to the 4 wheeler, and started dragging it down the alley. After about 20 feet of dragging the rear end, it broke free, and drove around fine.
I was telling a guy at work about the tractor, and he got on the kick that he wanted this tractor badly. I didn't want to sell it, but he wouldn't leave me alone. So I told him a stupid asking price. 500 dollars. He said, well I want to see it first 500 is a good deal! So he came over after work, he started the tractor up, drove it around the yard killing all the mosquitos in the yard. He went to his truck handed me 5 100 dollar bills and loaded it up. I made a 450 dollar profit, and he got a tractor he wanted. I guess we both won out.
I am still in awe that he wanted this tractor so badly. Shortly after he got fired from the mine and I haven't talked to him since. I wonder how long he ran that thing smoking.