Hi All, I'm new here and this is my second post.
I recently acquired what I believe is a 1971 MTD 990 (Fourteen Hudnred).
I bought it because it came with a plow and PTO tiller. Wouldn't you know it, it started up after a little hesitation the day I bought it. I also got it to start to unload it from my trailer. It hasn't run since. I've contacted the seller and his was the typical response "it's always started right up for me, are you sure there's gas in it?"
So, here are the issues.
It sat outside for years and looks pretty bad. Almost no original paint.
The wiring is corroded pretty badly, I think this is my main problem, but I've done the following (the tractor does turn over:
I replaced the battery with a Walmart 24F, replaced the fuel filter, replaced the spark plug, and I replaced the solenoid.
I'm thinking that I'd like to make a new harness for it or in the least replace the battery cables and the cable that runs from the solenoid to the S/G.
Any suggestions on direction I should take? I really want this to run for a day or two so that I can get my 7000sq ft garden tilled up. If I can get it working so/so to get some rows tilled up, I'll put the time and money into to make it a nice tractor again. Also, The PTO shaft under this tractor isn't supported anywhere. If I detach the tiller the PTO shaft will be dragging in the mud. Is it common to remove the shaft when an implement isn't being used?
Here's a photo of the beast
Edit:fixed broken image link