The first I restored was a Sears, I rebuilt it for my brother in law and sister for Christmas since their mower was junk and would never run. I stripped it down to the bare frame, cleaned everything then painted it all. I also rebuilt the engine and the old thing ran like new again (started 1st pull every time). I gave them the old sears with chains, cast wheel weights, snow blade, 3-pt, plow and cultivator (had around $1000 in everything when finished). But the sad part is the tie rod came off (common on the old sears) and I gave them another one that was upgraded with swivel ball joints and it was the perfect fix. Except they never put it on and instead went out and bought a brand new Husqvarna and the old sears has now been sitting for about 2 years .
I now wish I would of kept the old sears, at least it would be used.
The second really wasn't a restore, I guess it just depends on how you look at it.
I was given a old Simplicity 7016H, it was my great uncles who had passed away and it had been sitting for probably 5 years. I got and quickly repainted it as the old thing was rusting away. The tiller was terribly rusted, so was the fenders and mower deck. cleaned all the paint off and used some of that rust stop stuff. I then got it all primed and repainted. Now I need to rebuild the engine since it broke a ring.
The simplicity is a keeper!
Brand new Husky? They'll be back to using the Sears in about two more years.