So, last night I had planned for me and my pap to just go look at my 317 and it quickly went from just lookin to pickin up the thing. A couple things went a bit wrong, but in the end it was fine. First fiasco was clearing the trailer, having to weave around mud to get to the van we store our plywood in. Then the exit we had to take was closed, and we basically went in a big circle. Then we got to the town and nothing around had a bathroom. We got there and the 317 is a bit rougher than I thought, but also somehow a bit nicer. The steering is actually pretty tight, and the motor is a bit nicer than I thought. The thing that really surprised me was that the series I lasted over 2000 hours! The thrown rod is bad, and there's a massive hole in the block big enough to stick your hand in. So we got it loaded up (in the dark, too) and we went to drive home and the running lights on the trailer had comepletely stopped working. We still had brake lights and turn signals, but no running lights. We had to drive the whole way home with the 4 ways on. We forgot to tie the long end of the strap so as we were driving the strap was blowing out under the tailgate of the trailer. I just hopped out, wrapped the strap end around the tractor a couple times, and shoved the rest between the engine and dash tower. Then I realized that the front plate wasn't bolted on. It almost flew off, and because we had pulled the tractor all the way forward, it would've flown right under the trailer and into someone's car. Luckily I caught those three things or else that would've been a disaster.
It is in pretty nice shape, it even has a newish driveshaft.
The things that need addressed:
The steering column appears to have pulled apart where the tube meets the bottom part.
The engine is literally frozen. It's full of water and it was below freezing last night. It's also blown up.
The one front tire is flat. Still on the rim, but it's hard and non flexible.
The hydraulic lift levers don't go all the way forward.
The battery tray isn't bolted in.
The fender pan has 4 rust holes in it where someone put a canopy on it and left the holes unpainted.
The back has some wierd cobbled 3 point nonsense that's rusted solid and needs to come off. Of course it's welded to the frame, because why wouldn't it be?
I'll get more pictures when I get home from school.