I was given a CC 3185 in pretty sad condition on Friday. Its been sitting for more than 10 years outdoors.
The motor turns but feels tight, the trans is oil soaked and I see no sign of fluid on the dip stick. I even stuck a longer stick in the reservoir and it seems to be totally empty.
I stuck a good battery in it and it won't crank, no power anywhere.
Just about ever last wire under the dash is corroded off at the ends.
The fender pan and floor boards are completely rusted through, I can put no weight on the floor boards, there's not much left but the rubber foot pads. The steering cylinder is rusted pretty bad, the chrome shaft is darn near rusted through about 4 inches from the end. All four tires are flat and bald. The entire grill is completely rusty, not through but not far from it. The area where the hood hinges attach to is gone, I can lift the hood and hinges right off the top.
The seat is loose on the pan, that area is also completely rusted away.
The frame itself shows no rust, only the grill and fender pan. The hood top is fine but the hood side panels are rusted through on the bottom and rear edges.
The hour meter reads 252 hours, I'm guessing its rolled over at least once?
The valves for the deck lift appear to be leaking, as is the power steering ram, the chrome rod in the ram is rusted nearly through and its let the fluid leak out now.
I've never seen something in this bad shape, but I find it hard to believe that it got that much use at private nursing home. It was used solely to pull a trash cart and for yard maintenance. The deck is mint, it don't appear to have ever been used.
My first question is do these hydrostat units survive running out of fluid?
And second, what is the life span of the Briggs 18hp V twin? I'm guessing that this one most likely has at least 1200 hours on it.