Yeah, I agree. It's easier to restore and/or paint the original old rusty finish than to attempt to fix a bad butcher job like that. IDK what people are thinking with stuff like this. Do they really think people are stupid enough to believe that this is all original or are they just misunderstanding what that really means? I guess all the parts and components that are in it could be original and never been replaced, but then he threw a couple cans of Krylon at the tractor and they blew up all over the finish?
And I mean, if you are planning on doing a quick re-paint and don't want to remove the original decals, haven't people like this ever heard of masking/painter's tape? Just tape over the decals before you paint so it looks good and you don't get overspray all over everything.
Also, I could be wrong, but aren't the wheels supposed to be red on this too?
I see the deck is the original green at least... except for the belt cover which looks like he sprayed some JD Green over it while it was still on the deck as you can see some overspray on the deck as well!!