Thanks again for the warm welcome!
Bob, good advice to prime the oil pump before I try anything crazy. Dale, very generous to offer up a drawbar! I've got the drawbar for mine, just didn't have it mounted in the picture. The link explains everything I needed to know about the grader attachment, hopefully I can get this running in time to spread a load of gravel at a friend's house.
I've picked up some 10W30, 80W90, a new 6V battery as the one that came with it was shot, and have a shifter plate gasket, new oil filter cartridge and final drive pan gaskets on the way from TM Tractor. My dad had the forethought to take hte plugs out every year or two and liberally applying WD-40 in the cylinders, so I'm hoping that it won't be too nasty in there. Planning on putting some Kroil in the cylinders and on the valve train and letting it sit for a few days while I drain, kerosene flush, and refill the motor and trans, then going through the rest of the manual and doing the tune-up/long term storage procedures recommended (eg, hit all the oil locations with light oil, clean up the distributor/magneto, etc) before I attempt to turn the motor over. Also have to fix the shifter as it pulls out at will, I'll be using George Willer's advice. (http://www.cleancomputes.com/Cub/Mainte ... vement.htm
) Bought a blast cabinet for cleaning up most of the smaller parts and everything I can take off, and have a larger pot blaster for the big stuff like plows and mower deck.
Think I'll be traveling in Sept/Oct, but would love to make it to a later meet.
Is that finish mower an IH brand or aftermarket? Seems like its an IH Danco C-3, but backwards.