OK guys here it is: my nostalgia machine. S/N 13345 which puts it at 1972 (the same age as me!). Classic styling like my family's old 424 but the better drivetrain of the 800s. And the big, fat-XXX look of the Onan twin.
The Good: It has a functioning liftable hitch and rear PTO. Rear tiller. Appears to be mostly complete, it has the axle latches for the snowdozer. Paint is original. It runs and drives. Rear tires are in good shape.
The Bad: Likely needs a new PTO clutch (which contributed to a really good price). Non-existent brake. Most of the switchgear was replaced with patch jobs. Faulty fuel pump was replaced with an electric unit (wired into the headlights!) which continuosly floods the carb. Front tires are shot.
The Ugly: The whole thing is ugly.
This machine was 20 minutes from my house, and I looked over and passed on a very dilapidated 817 before striking a deal on this one.
At first glance I thought it had the later rack-and-pinion steering but I must not have looked hard enough since the S/N indicates it is too early of a model. Hopefully in the next week I can get it pressure washed and start making it mechanically sound.
It came with what is supposed to be a 50" mower deck but I need to check it over some more. I'd like to try the deck on my 18G to see if it is any more maneuverable than the 60" when mowing my tiny yard.
Short term goal will be to get the fuel delivery working and replace the wonky switch gear. Likely PTO replacement over the Winter, though if I can get it running well I'd like to put the dozer blade on it. I also want to get the tiller refurbished and ready to go in the spring.
Longer term, I'd like to look at repowering my 18G and moving its Magnum to this tractor. Clean up and sell the Onan, which runs nicely. I can tell they really are stout motors.
Far in the future I'll restore it from the ground up.