Bought a cub cadet 782 yesterday. The seller had posted it on craigslist with several attachments in "ran when parked" condition for 175 bucks. I got lucky and was the first person to contact him and he was nice enough to hold it for me and stick to his original price even when people were offering him more over the phone. I gave him a little extra anyway.
In the end I ended up with a 782 with a series II KT17, a front blade, a complete sleeve hitch adapter, a set of concrete wheel weights, a homemade sleeve hitch potato plow/ripper, and a deck/subframe that's a little beat up but looks usable. Not sure what size.
Apparently the seller inherited it from his grandpa who bought it new and took a lot of pride in it. He said his grandpa replaced the original series I with the series II at one point. When I inquired about the side covers he said his grandpa took those off because in his opinion all they did was make it run hotter. Guess they got lost somewhere between then and now.
First thing I did when I got it home was put a good battery and some oil in it. Had to jump the solenoid but it had spark and I got it to fire once on some carb cleaner through the intake. It wouldn't fire a second time though. Messed with it some more today and the solenoid randomly started working so now it turns over with the key but I still had the same issue of having to crank and crank just to have it fire off weakly and die. Noticed it had very weak spark so I swapped in a spare coil I had and it fired right away and ran as long as I dribbled gas in the intake.
The plan at this point is to hopefully get it running with a carb cleaning, pressure wash all the grime and grease off, change the oil, tube or replace the flat tire and then sing praises to the engineers at international who designed the hydraulic lift on these tractors as I take full advantage of it while plowing the garden.
Only pic I have is right after I unstrapped it.
Do you guys have any tips for things I can do to help give this KT17 a long and healthy life?