gitractorman wrote:I don't think I would even attempt to start it. I'd give it a push while in gear, just to see if the engine turns. I'd even do this acting dumb, not with the open intent to see if the engine is stuck. If that crank shaft turns, and the engine's not locked up, I'd stop, make the deal, and get it on the trailer! If you get it running while there, it's a whole different ballgame, and all negotiations will completely change. If you get it running there, expect to pay the price he's asking. If you don't, you might save $1000.
Besides, if it really hasn't run for over a year, I would want to change the oil, prime the oil pump, clean the carb, install new spark plugs and do a whole tune-up prior to actually running the engine. Doing anything else will just further contaminate the engine and potentially cause more problems!
Even if there's a rod knocking, that tractor would be worth the money to rebuild the engine!
Havoc, my notion is that it comes down to what you want the tractor for. If you just need a Cub for various tasks, you might want to hold off and find something that runs. If you want a collector tractor, this one would certainly fit the bill because it's a '79. If you want a collector, IMO you should be willing to maybe pay a little more because of what it is.
Of course, since it's yellow/white and not red, the seller should drop his price $1000 just on principle!!