I just looked at a 30, PS1201. Anybody know what year it is? The under carriage has about 30% left. Is the under carriage rebuildable? It is also missing the the fuel tank along with the seat, manifold heat lever broken, no compression release valves, along with many other non functional parts. The engine is loose, hooray! What is the availability of a tank or would one have to be custom made? I was told this model had a problem with condensation getting in the oil pan and cracking it when it gets cold. It appears the bottom of the oil pan has cracked off, it is currently fixed with JBWeld. I don't know too much about cats but what is the opinion of the group? Would this be something that I should consider or shy away from. what is the availability of parts on a cat 30?
Another thing, I was told that it is a common method of starting an old cat by towing it with another tractor. Is this true or do most folk with these older cat start them with the crank. I have an old JD D and it starts fine by turning the flywheel.