Got my new find home today. Well not home home but home to my buddies shop for the winter.
I try to get up to the shop a couple days a week to BS over a cup of coffee or three.
This little 657 looked better than the pictures so I am very happy with my purchase.
Gary and I are both kind of busy for a few weeks but we will try to get the Kohler running before Thanksgiving and see what I have.
Here is the good news as this appears to be a good news bad news kind of thing.
So here's what was in my mirror this morning. Brake was pretty good rolling of the trailer and it seems to shift in and out of all gears
Here's a little better picture of it once I got her in the shop. The paint is very nice but once you look it over the seat pan and frame are a slightly different shade of red.
but all in all it will make a very good looking worker. IT looks to have been a tire on rim paint job but up close it was a good one.
The deck is really nice. no rot anywhere. Can not be the original deck. If the tractor had enough hours on it to burn up the Techy
then you would think the deck would have some dings and dents?
The shifter boot looks to be original but still in pretty good condition
Not sure where he got this seat but it is a beauty. Nice to sit on also!!
Found the rope when I opened the hood. There is a slot on the front of the frame that appears to be a hood stop but the tab appears a bit bent and does not go in the slot?
As usual its not all good news so here is a bit of bad news. Hopefully not too bad.
Took a picture under the kohler and found this ugly mess.
Sure looks like a big problem to me but I am no mechanic.
The wiring is suspect also. the back of the switch looks like it was hot at one time Maybe the wires were hooked up wrong?
Also there is no dip stick? Once I know the wiring is right and I get the new battery in we will find out if I have a $400 roller or
a very nice 857 ready for work. If the engine is bad I will take it out and get it to Holden's Machine shop and hope he can get it healthy in time for spring.
Bill does incredible work but you don't want to tell him your in no hurry. He always has 10 things going at once it seems.
So let me know what you think guys. Good and Bad. Will download the manual for an 857.
Your input and advice is as always very appreciated.