Since I retired a few months ago, I've been looking for 425, 445 or 455 over the last several months to build a loader for. I had found a couple that would of worked, but missed them. This 455 was listed on C/L for $2500 for over 30 days. A couple of weeks ago I see that he dropped the price to $2000. Sent a message and set up a time to go see it. Here is the way it was listed:
He had bought it from his employer to fix-up, but he found that he just doesn't have time to work on it, so he put it up for sale. He had bought new side panels as the ones on it were broke on the bottom. He cleaned the fuel tank and installed a new fuel filter and got it running. The 54" deck is a little rough and one of the gauge wheels hanger has been welded up. The gearbox looked good and no noise from it.
So I offer him $1700 cash and he took it. I know how you all want to see pictures, so here they are.
Just ordered a new hood, grille, decal set, seat and tail light assembly. Plan on changing all the fluids later this week and find a correct battery for it. The rear fender pan has some stress cracks around the seat bolts, and going to pick one up tonight along with the lock-up knob, forward and reverse pedals, and the correct throttle knob. All the removable metal parts will get stripped and powder coated.
The rear pan on the trans-axle must of had a leak at one point and someone resealed sealed it with silicone, so I want to replace with a new gasket.
'68 140 H3 Will have a 4 way 54" blade on it for snow removable.
'69 140 H1 "Ole Faithful" My main mower with 48" replacement deck K341 powered (this is in my signature photo)
'71 120 H1 Haban sickle mower will live on it once I get it restored
'72 140 H3 Lives with a 33 tiller with both extensions on it
'73 140 H3 tore apart Being restored
'74 140 H3 tore apart Being restored
'88 332 Wife's Tractor