The Town of Aurora is perhaps 15 minutes north of me. I'm not even aware of this guy and it surprises me to see this unit.
This what I call a major mistake. I've seen others make a similar mistake in the past and paid the price.
The key word in the above sentence is "price". I can almost guarantee you that he will not find a buyer for that tractor at anywhere close to that price. What he and others fail to understand is that most buyers are highly reluctant to purchase a modified tractor. If you buy an unmodified tractor, then you can go and get a parts book and an operator's manual that is correct for what's there in all respects.
The second problem he has is the age of the tractor. It's a late 70's model which makes it 30 plus years old. Once again, most buyers are looking to buy something that is less than 10 years old.
His third problem is the brand. Case got out of those tractors totally by 1984. That year was the last time the Case name was prominent on the tractors. After that, the Ingersoll name was front and center. Case stopped supporting those tractors 27 years ago. Most dealers do not have parts books, microfiche or anything else in their parts department that would help them find out part numbers.
Lastly, this is a terrible time of year to try and sell that pig and even if he waits for spring to break, the competition from much newer, more recognizable brands will be fierce.
The tractor is not appealing to look at. It's noisy. The front tires and rims are not correct either. There are obvious clutch issues and who knows what else isn't quite right. If you do a conversion like this, then you need to own it for the next 10 to 20 years to justify what you spent. I truly don't care what he spent for the motor. To me, it's worth $500.00 tops because it's a parts tractor. I'd certainly be embarrassed to take that unit to a show.