My friend Cecil quit using his Case 224 about 3 1/2 years ago when he bought a brand new Cub Cadet lawn tractor. It has sat ever since, but under roof. I had 4 aluminum Ford wheels with tires I've been trying to sell for 2 years, and he knew a guy needing some. he came & got the wheels & sold them. He knew I was kinda looking for a Case for my Grandson whose name is Case. When he handed me the $200 he said "hand that money back to me and you own a 224". I handed it over!
Well, yesterday I shot over there for a fresh look at it. battery of course was dead, but Cecil's charger was sitting there, so I hooked it up and left. Tonight I went over expecting to have to winch it on my trailer, but the thing turned over. Still, I never expected it to fire. I sprayed some carb cleaner into the air filter & cranked her over. Dangdest thing...she fired up & sat there running fine, even idled! I drove her onto the trailer & brought her home. Battery wouldn't crank after the terribly long 3 mile drive home, so I jumped it off my Massey 1655D. It has a 48" deck off a 446 under it. I drove off the trailer, went over to my yard & mowed! Mowed the whole yard & did a fine job! Engine needs a little tuning, but just missed now & then. I am surprised as heck she did so good after sitting so long. Tires are a tad low, but nowhere near flat even!
And the engine is a replacement with fairly low hours. It was a brand new engine shortly before Cecil got it, and he didn't mow that much with it as he had a 446 at the time. He kept the larger deck when he sold the 446.