The guy only used it for snow blowing, it looks like. 4 years ago "something happened to the snowblower" and it was parked. Then the guy I'm getting it from bought it for scrap. It turns over.
I'm betting he only used it for snowblowing, and the snowblower lost a bearing. So he parked it, and got a snowblower. And because he never took the Ford-branded Cozy Cab or snowblower off, he mowed with another mower. This seems to be confirmed by the fact the mowing deck and 48" blade in the shed.
It looks like they drove it to where it was parked. The wheel weights are still on it!
I'll upload pics when I can. Meanwhile, I'm biding my time downloading manuals.
If I get 'er running good enough, there's a galvanizing place down the way that will hot-dip galvanize up to 800 lbs of metal for $257... including the cleaning/blasting! I'll blow 'er apart, run it all down there, and when it comes back, paint 'er up and reassemble with stainless screws. Maybe if I'm feeling rich, I'll have the panels, etc powdercoated a piece at a time.
Then it'll never die again.
As Cat asked, open or closed? they both are nice but we like to know details.
Open or closed side model?