I cannot even find a hood for mine for less than $100 with shipping.
I know what you mean DT. Yeah, shipping on the big parts is a killer. I just had a receiver hitch shipped to me that was a freebie. It cost $64 to ship it. It was about 1/2 price of a new one, but still a pricey shipping cost. I have 2 hoods sitting with my parts that I haven't even considered selling because of shipping. If you know someone traveling my way, I'm sure we could work out a deal.
This tractor deal coinman got was great. I haven't had a free tractor deal in a long time. I have gotten some good deals, but no freebies. The fact that it was a NH/Ariens made it even sweeter!