Well I don't have a romantic history to share with everyone about this machine, it is a recent find and we are just starting what I hope to be a long relationship. In this new world of so many cheaply made things this little tractor has earned my appreciation. I have enjoyed just looking things over and really want to get her back up to snuff now. Everything seems to be in very good shape, little to no rust mostly just dirt and oil. The paint is in very good condition and my plan now is just to clean her up real good and fix what needs fixing. I had put several pics up in the new members forum and a couple members suggested a good waxing rather than a total restoration and after looking her over real good I would have to agree.
I had gone to take a look at it but had no way of getting her home at the time. It started right up we let it run at idle for a bit and talked awhile then I finally jumped on it and ran through the gears. Everything ran out great the starter is loud and the blades would not turn at full speed but you could hear them try to engage. I put some money down and we agreed I would be back no later than 2 weeks with the balance and a trailer to get it home on. When I went back he said he had almost forgot that he had some kind of blade that goes on the front. He stated he wasn't sure how it fit as he had never put it on in the 30 years of owning the tractor. We walked over to the other barn and there was the blade, safe and sound under about an inch of dust.
Well I have it home now and started to tinker with it a bit, the engine doesn't smoke at all but turns very easy by hand. The deck was in real good shape as these are usually the first to go i'm still amazed at the condition. Two spindle assemblies seem be very sound the last one has some play in it but I haven't heard them spin yet so I can't say for sure. It looks like all the clutch adjustment has been taken up and there is very little clutch left at all. I plan on refurbishing the deck, engine and clutch now I just need some help in finding the parts as JD doesn't carry the clutch any longer. I'm in this thing right and don't mind spending a few more bucks to get it finished ( even a blind chicken gets a piece of corn once in a while ) I would appreciate any help you guys could offer :) what do we do for parts that are no longer available.