I agree with the others. the weld is bad news.
might have been just a drawbar machine and they ripped the rear out.
unless you see the sherman in the bellhousig.. don't bet on it.
what's the think unde rhte seat you sepak of? hyds or?
pic would help.
In any case.. it is not a 2500$ tractor.
I'd pay 1200 maybee.. MAYBEE
there are better ones out there..