So...I picked up another Ariens GT yesterday. Like I NEED another one! I couldn't pass it up. The price was right. It's a GT18 with the K361 single cylinder OHV Kohler engine. I have another with the same engine. Love it!
This is more of a parts machine. The steel parts are rusty. It's had a rough life. Steering and steering assembly is sloppy loose. Steering tube is actually loose where it goes into the steering box. Front PTO is shot. PTO shaft and bearing retainers may be salvageable (but I'm not counting on it), but the pulley and bearings are done. The pulley has been riding loose on the shaft for a while. Lots of play in the front axle/tube. All hydraulic hoses need replaced.
The good...It has newer tires with nice ag tires on the back. The mower deck is complete and not in too bad of shape (gearbox and spindles seem good). Having a spare K361 is nice, since those aren't that easy to come by anymore. I will probably rebuild it...after checking the condition of the head. Body parts are in good shape. It came with a spare K341 w/electric clutch (non Ariens). I may post a pic of the K341. It has a torched off shaft sticking out of the flywheel. I'm curious as to what it is off of. The K341 is rusty, but not locked up, complete with carb.