I saved this 1976 SS18 from the scrapman several years ago. Previous owner said the engine was seized up. He wanted it out of his way ASAP and offered to deliver it, of course I said I'll take it!
Discovered the starter was stuck. About 10 minutes to cure that issue and it fired up no problem. It had been sitting for a long time so a carb cleaning and basic tune up and it was running smooth. A 48" deck was included with about a dozen new blades. It's a bit long in the tooth as far as looks but has been a solid workhorse the last few years.
A restoration is planned and even though the 18HP Onan BG engine runs perfect I have a P224G 24HP engine I'm rebuilding and will swap it in this year to repower it the proper way, at least in my opinion.