So this morning , in" I beat Kenny on this morning" ( which I didn't), I posted I was going to look at a motomower today. Well I did, and after a long ride, what a pile of @$!#. the description wasn't accurate. I was very clear that I was looking to restore it. I told him it needed to be mostly complete, not perfect but as long as the parts were there, I had something to work with. We agreed on some price perameters and I drove out.
Well, every body part was damaged heavily,the front axle was broken then braised badly making it useless. all the hardware , especially the hard to find items were broken or completely missing. The tires were not dry cracked but didn't hold air. the carb linkage was broke/ extremely worn. choke cable broken, no ignition switch ( homemade) .
It did have the original wheel weights, so I said lets see if it runs maybe the engine is good. battery was dead so he jumped started it. it did run ok , no smoke , seemed strong. So I went to disconnect the cables to take it for a ride , see if the rear was good. It died, generator/ starter must not be charging.
I honestly could say it wasn't a good parts tractor because their wasn't any usable parts to be a donor.
I was very dissapointed, but after explaining what he really had, I made a fair offer. Value of the engine , wheel weights and the tires. He called his brother, who insisted on a value well over what i thought it was worth.
I guess I've learned that everybody has a different idea of whats restorable, and too many people think because it's old ( and they never heard of it) it's rare and valuable.My fault for not being thorough .
The day wasn't a total loss, my brother came with me, haven't seen him in a year, and when we got out there, we met our cousin, whom I haven't seen in 2 years.
Thanks for letting me rant . Tom