I picked up a running B110 the other day at a yard sale for $25, its in somewhat rough shape but it runs great and everything seems to work except the steering. The guy had it stowed in the back corner of a leaky garage for decades. The seat is trashed, but it came with a homemade rig that uses a standard seat, and the steering was stuck.
I sprayed just about everything I could get at on the spot with PB Blaster, ran some down the shaft and around the top bushing and it got better but it still barely turns.
Its stuck down low on the shaft, if I remove the drag link, the wheels steer freely, and the top bushing is free. When I turn the steering wheel, the lower shaft moves around and will skip a gear if I turn with any force. It will turn but if I push it it'll skip, when it skips, the lower part of the steering shaft snaps forward as it skips. I can grab hold of the steering shaft under the hood and move it around about an inch side to side or front to back. It looks like I'd have to remove the dash tower, battery, fuel tank, and hood to get down to it?
Is there a bushing or bearing that fails commonly on these? Its also got about 4" of free play in the steering, if I rock the wheel side to side it'll turn all the way bit by bit in either direction but if I try and move it with one motion it jams up and then skips a gear.
I've dealt with the newer models but never one of these. I've been lucky and none of my other machines have had steering issues like this.
The tractor has a good bit of rust under the battery and through the side panels but other than that its fine. I'm concerned that something has rusted out or broken free.
I mainly bought it for parts for one I bought a few weeks ago that smokes real bad with a bent front axle, this one will supply all those parts but if the steering is an easier fix, I'll use the first one as the parts machine.