I must be dreaming! The nightstand alarm is going to surely sound, right?
That is what's going through my head.
I am excited, and in more unbelief than anything else, that I had the opportunity to purchase an HDT1000. Last weekend while using the 1886 for fall clean up, I was thinking how power steering would be a nice option to have. I sent a friend of mine a text with a question or two about the diesel LFs and mentioned how I might be interested in finding one, more than likely an HT20D. Kevin mentioned to contact Dave (OldBuzzard) as he knew about a top secret HDT out there that was available. My head starting spinning and told myself not to get my hopes up, but I contacted Dave who provided me the contact info however stated he hadn't been in contact with the owner for a while. I initially tried calling during the specified times Dave said the owner is reachable but wasn't able to get through initially as it rang and rang and didn't go to a voicemail. I asked Dave if he had his email and he did and this time was successful at reaching the owner, who said..... He still has it!!
We settled on a deal and I'll be shipping it from CT to WA.
The machine, as described to me, is in good shape aside from a few things. The owner said he found it stored in the back of a warehouse (I think at a location maybe where he worked) and found the original 22HP Mitsubishi K3D engine to have a spun bearing. He swapped in a 25 HP Mitsubishi K3E which is nearly the same engine as the original only with a slightly bigger displacement (979cc vs.1062cc). From the photos I've seen and how it's been described, it sounds like it was done cleanly. Second, the front bolster has been repaired in the center as you can see in one of the photos below. This issue sounds "common" among the two or three other owners of these machines. I'm guessing this part is a weak point when it comes to the heavier inline 3 diesel and wasn't 'upgraded' to something structurally heavier. I would probably, in the future, see about having a new bolster CNC'd out of stronger material. Third, he mentioned the top of the hood has some waves as something was likely rested on it in the past, but it was like this when he got it. Anyway, it's going to be all fixed up.
What does the future hold for the 1886?
It is truly a bittersweet moment. Sadly, it means the 1886 is going to be sold. When I mentioned all this to my family they couldn't believe I wanted to sell it, and I didn't think I ever would either. This opportunity doesn't come about very often and I am looking forward to putting another labor of love into this unique large frame.
More to come!