Thanks for the tips. The seller stopped by again this evening to talk to me some more. I'll check out that 3rd gear. The shift pattern sure takes a little getting used to!
Yea, this is a narrow front. Unless a deal showed up, I was planning on skipping the hundred series entirely and going to a 4000 or 5000 diesel. I've even ogled your 4000 and there was a very sharp 5000 for sale here this spring. I have to decide if I should make this purchase, or make do with the N for a few more years when I can afford/justify a thousand series.
That 961 gets me 75% of the HP of a 5000 at 25% of the cost (assuming she runs as good as I think she does).
I'll keep ya posted. Hope you're spring has been a pleasant one.