Thanks for all the advice. I took a good look at the sleeves and there is a slight ridge. I will have to get a good measurement on it later. There is no play in the piston at all that I can tell. I will drop the pan tomorrow and take a look at the bottom. The head is still within specs according to the ol' straight edge.
I plan on only doing light work with this tractor and 90% of the time it will be for show. Do you think I can get away with new rings? Maybe have a go at a complete rebuild in a couple years. This is my budget tractor (my wife made the budget, not me), so far with a new head gasket set, a used manifold, battery, and everything for a tune-up I am in it around 900. I wanted to get it done including paint and decals for under 1200.
However, I have never seen this tractor run and don't know much about variances in the M. Any go or no go opinions on when to do this? Or how long they last with some sleeve wear doing light work?
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