When I first joined this site 2 years ago, I started looking at tractors I'd like to own, and I saw a picture of a perfect 455 Diesel that stuck in my memory. I read up on and studied this model and decided I had to have one. Fast forward 2 years and I found one that met all my criteria... honest reasonable price, no more than 1000 hours, and decently maintained. I think I found the one and it arrived on Thursday. I haven't done much to it yet, just changed the oil and buffed it out (god bless Meguiars and Carnuba). The lower hydro control is stuck because the PO used it for mowing only since 2002. I have to go through the deck yet, but it cuts well and is quiet. I also replaced the fuel cap and the rear taillight lenses and I put the reverse pedal upgrade on it. So here is my (1996) new ride...with original paint and 60" deck. She looks OK I think for 17 years old. One unique thing is the hand stitched custom seat.