I'm thinking about buying this Case 448 hood-scoop tractor. Overall the tractor looks like it hasn't seen hard use. Little bit of surface rust here and there on the body, rims still white and not rusted, seat in good condition, good tread on tires, etc. I realize each of these can be replaced after hard use, but the "overall impression" I get is a tractor that belonged to someone that did not use it hard, but probably negected to maintain oil levels / change fluids / etc.
Compression is 50 on one side, 75 on the other. Could mean valve problems, or piston/rings. Motor turns over without any strange noises. Going to try and start it / run it this weekend and see if can drive it around. Figure that might tell me a bit more.
I'm thinking about buying this tractor with the idea of restoring it.
The tractor has no PTO, so no tiller, so probably only used for cutting grass.
From the looks of the whole thing, I'm guessing the owners probably ran it low on oil a few times (?) and damaged the motor.
I'm very mechanically inclined, but I don't want a money-pit.
Question 1.) If the motor is in that condition, what are the chances the drive-train / hydraulics / transaxle / main pump / etc. and other moving parts are also shot?
Question 2.) Am I nuts? Should I think about buying this tractor, or run the other way, and fast? The guy has other 448's available, maybe I could make a deal on two tractors (as a package deal) and come up with one in the end (?)
Also, IF I should buy it, what would be a fair price?
Any thoughts / suggestions / advice would be much appreciated.