Well, I had an interesting thing happen to me Saturday, but a little background first...
Three years ago I bought a Bolens HT23 with a Brantly FEL, homemade rear blade and tiller. I used the FEL for moving snow in the winter and sod and dirt in the summer... the shuttle pedal was so natural to use, and the power of the big Kohler twin made it a joy to operate... except.... it didn't have a 3 pt hitch, and, even worse, no power steering.
FEL work became a wrestling match, and I didn't have the confidence, or the time to install power steering. I finally decided to sell it.... and regretted it ever since.
My feelings were partially assuaged when I bought my Ariens GT20 WITH power steering. However, it didn't have a front end loader.
Even though I have a Mahindra Max25 CUT with a loader, the big GTs were the cat's meow for working in yards... getting through gates, etc.
I've been trying to sell a Mitsubishi K3D engine for a friend of mine with little luck. It has a lot of hours, and has sat for several years.
Fast forward to Saturday... I got a text from a guy who asked about the engine--he was looking for something to put in his GT that had just thrown a rod.
We got to texting back and forth, and he mentioned he had an HT23 with a tiller and FEL, and that he had just bought a new place and needed something bigger, but wanted an engine so he could sell it... I asked him what he wanted for it as is... and exchanged several texts with him over 4 hours, with him wanting me to make him an offer, and me not wanting to commit myself or offer too high.
Finally I told him I'd like to come see it. He then asked me if I had sold someone an HT 23 a couple years ago... I said yes and described it... come to find out... this guy was who I sold it to!! Due to advancing Old Timer's, (and having raised 6 teenagers) I didn't remember his name at first.
As it was, we were visiting my daughter and her family in another town and the guy lived there as well. So we drove over to look at it... There she was, my ol' sweetheart, a couple years older, and now with a daylight engine block, but just waiting for me to buy her and bring her home...
We wrangled a little on the price, but I finally agreed to his asking price. The banks were all closed, so I will be taking the money over to him this Friday or Saturday, and I'll have her once again.
So, now I get to decide what to repower her with. I don't want another Kohler 582 as they are pretty fuel thirsty... I have a Kohler CH18 V-twin, a Honda 600-series 18 hp V-twin, and a Ruggerini 21 HP Air-cooled diesel twin...
I'd like to put the Ruggerini in her... should fit pretty well, but it's hard to find parts for the engine, and they're way expensive.
I do have a lead on a Kubota D600 reefer pack with the radiator, etc. but am a little concerned about the extra hassle of putting a water-cooled engine in her....
Anyway, I've included a couple of the before pics... if anyone has a suggestion, chime in.