I found this on CL the other day, it caught my eye in the pic so I went to look at it.
The guy won't budge on the price but its got a lot of new parts, it looks to have been apart for decades.
The engine fires up on carb spray, the transaxle is either brand new or rebuilt, its got four new tires, and the guy has a new hood for it for $25 more. The thing looks clean, it don't look like its been beaten on for years. The paint on the fenders and hood still shines, its not all rusted up. The deck looks good but one or two of the wheels are cracked. Its a four wheel deck.
All of the bits not shown are in boxes, some new, some used.
I'm thinking that no matter what I can't lose even if I just part it out. The transaxle, new tires, and engine have to be worth more than what he's asking, let alone a new hood.
He's got a few other spare parts as well, spare fenders, shifter, etc. He may have parted out another machine years ago and has some bits left over. I just wish it had ags and a snow plow, I don't have much grass to cut, I need a work tractor not a mower.
Looking at this in person I sort of wondered if it was a restoration in process or if the guy had a new tractor he was using for parts, the paint on the fenders, transaxle, and side cover looks minty perfect like they came off a new machine or spent the past 45 years on a shelf somewhere. The same with the new hood he has that's not pictured.