OK my wife didnt kill me, or take away my computer privileges so heres pics and update on the 1861 I picked up the other day. As stated in other thread tractor is rough, rusty, and primered. Missing side panels and I had a DOH!!!!! dadgum it!!! moment and busted the hood.......grrrrrrrrrr!!!
After airing up one of the front tires and letting it run a little bit looked at the hour meter and it hadn't moved from 172.3 hmmmmmmmm says I. checked wiring and PO had put on a electric fuel pump and I think he wired hot wire for it to hour meter and had pulled ground wire loose from meter so hooked it up and started tractor again and hour meter still not working.......not sure if electric pump is messing it up or what or if it quit working many moons ago. But motor runs strong and no smoke(yet anyway and dont want to jinx myself).
Pulled deck and heres what it looks like
Deck seems very solid did not see any bad rust just a bunch of clippings still under deck, had new blades(need sharpening), bearings are rough on all 3 spindles and on idler pulley, Major issue is the center drive pully spindle is loose in housing hoping spindle shaft is not damaged.
think this one is gonna be a keeper love the big deck but concerned about runnig it without the hood and side panels but it is a work in progress with time and money being big factors also. Anyway for $200 I think I got a decent buy..............