I have been missing that tool tray. It might be a good place to store spare cotter pins and dodads. I figure that if the tray was left off, it might mean the previous owner actually checked/replaced the oil in the rear. For as clean as the oil I drained out was, I am sure that she was used to regular maintenance. My last GT had seen a lot of miles without any smiles, so it is a blessing to find a machine that was babied. Wasn't home much today, so tomorrow the engine pics should be up. Thanks for the encouragement guys. The MTD forum was pivotal in me buying this 990. JimmyNice find, looks like the brother of mine.
The only thing I see missing is the tool tray.
Wow, brave man! LOL! (just kidding!)My wife ran to the grocery store, but when she returns, I am going to run her over our 3 acres for a workout.