picked up an old bobcat 742
I found a bobcat 742 on craigslist nearby, and ive always wanted one, so i went to take a look.
initial impression was very positive, overall it looked very clean and the hydraulic fluid was so clean it was barely discernible on the dipstick. The third-party story was that it came from a farm for troubled youths, it started knocking and they kept running it til it knocked loudly then they shut it off and sold it to who i bought it from. He planned to swap in a pinto motor(easy peasy) and roll out but gave up on the idea pretty quick. overall it sat for about a month, and thats what it looked like to me. if something sits too long, its best to walk away.
i decided it was worth the effort, so i took it home.