After a few days and a learning lesson on shipping....it has arrived. Make sure your shipper is equipped to handled the weight and bulk. My shipper had a nice 24ft enclosed trailer which was nice for mower...till he needed the room for 2 Harleys and a Saturn SUV... then my tractor was relegated to the bed of a Dodge 1 ton pickup. That was Ok but he only had an engine hoist and a couple narrow tie down ratchet straps to rig with. In the process of getting it back out when it arrived at my house I had to rig up my I/2 ton chain fall ( his hoist was in front of the car and Harleys) and while doubting his positioning of the straps we started up with it ...My side wasn't hurting any thing but his side bent up the rear fender pretty good. I stopped and got some 2x4s to space the straps to stop the damage. Just barely did get it high enough to clear the bed of the truck ,thanks to my 10 ft ceilings. The fender was a little warped up anyway and I should be able to straighten it out if I can`t find a replacement. The guy was in early 50`s guessin` and had bum arm and I hope he learned a lesson too. Apparently he mostly hauls Motorcycles and cars back and forth from Ohio to Miami. He had to deliver one of the Harleys about 20 miles from my house. Pretty good planning. I `d say that engine hoist was tested pretty good with the 1000 pound mower.
What I got appears to be a well used GT of typical heavy duty build and since the fender is blue it is an `89 or later to `94. I tried the starter and didn`t get anything so assumed batt was down or bad. Hooked up the batt charger and went to computer to check Operator manual for starting procedure. As expected 4 levers had to be in right position to start. Went back out and got everything set and turned the switch....lo and behold after about 10 second of starter it fired right up. Let her warm up while figuring out the controls and backed her out of the garage and rode it around a little. Lift worked for deck and both ranges seem OK. When I tried to engage the PTO for the blades didn`t get anything. The lever didn`t feel right when I set it to start the engine. That may explain the chewed up belt hanging on one of the levers.
Overall pretty pleased with it.....sweet sounding little engine although it did spit some water out of the radiator after about a 1/4 mile drive to mailbox yesterday. I`ll drain it and run some vinegar water thru it for a little while I check it out a little more. The batt warning light in the instrument cluster stays on and hoping its batt but could be alternator too.
Oh yeah...ever see a Harley with a 32" front wheel ?? My first...had a little thin tire on it too. With the rake in the steering head to accommodate the big wheel the only time the fork will do any work will be if he runs into a wall. Beautiful bike but definitely odd looking. It takes all kinds I guess !!!
Try to get some pics up soon .