This is the earliest picture I could find of my 1855a that I bought back in 2010. It was a partially dismantled roller, that was missing an engine and a few other important parts. I started a re-power post about it back then and worked hard toward stuffing a 26hp water cooled Kohler into this machine. However, between difficulties fitting all of that stuff under the hood and a move to a new house, this project got put on, the almost permanent, back burner.
I got fairly far along before I realized that I wasn't going to be able to make the Kohler work under the hood and keep everything cool like I thought. I then did a partial restoration on a MF1020 and moved to a new house and property that needed a ton of work. I did drag the tractor into my new shop a couple of years ago, but I wasn't sure where to begin.
By this time, I had fabricate a steel dash started to install power steering and sourced a ton of parts.