is a tractor that I want for regular use, so when a basket case round hood showed up for sale locally, I went and picked it up. I did have to buy many parts to be able to rebuild the tractor. The list is shorter for the parts that were still good than the list of replacement parts. It wasn't something that I could change the fluids in and make some adjustments. It's worth rebuilding though, and at least I'll know the condition of everything. It won't be long before it's done now.
I like the old gold and blue DB
Suburbans. I picked up a '59 and cleaned it up a bit. It's in good shape and runs good, but the engine is a little tired. I have a box full of NOS
Briggs parts to rebuild the engine, and I'll get around to it at some point. Some of the tractors that I have see regular use, but others are restoration projects that I'll only use once in a while. I like to restore the older tractors for the fun of it. If I use it, great, and if it sits most of the time, that's fine too. I took my Gibson about 1/4 mile down the road to my parents house the other day. I cut up some dead trees that needed to be cleaned up. The neighbor stopped me on the road as I was leaving to look at the Gibson. He was amazed at how simply the tractor was built and couldn't believe how old it was. Good conversation is another plus with this hobby, so how can you go wrong getting involved.
200 was a very good price for the Mighty Mite, and it sound like you met some real nice people. They will be real happy that the tractor is in good hands and will see a new life. People that don't think it's worth restoring these machines are most likely thinking that it wouldn't be worth it for them. Well, it's not worth it to me to get into some hobbies that other people get into. Usually people that only make negative comments towards the garden tractor hobby aren't worth hanging around with anyway, HA!
Here are a few pics of the PK
as found buried in a shed along with an old pic of a PK
, the Gibson with a load of wood, and the '59 DB
Suburban. I tend to get a little off topic myself.