I bought my International Cadet 76 (1973 production) from the prior owner thirty years ago for $250; 31% of its price new.
I did not treat it well; treated it like a purposeful tool; even sometimes leaving it out in the weather.
I did perform its annual service and, over a period of time, welded patches to the deck, replaced the brake/clutch pads, deck spindles and bearings, blades, coil and belts but, I would often mow hogging it in third gear, use it to tow a utility trailer, chipper/shredder; whatever I felt it could do, it did.
Last summer it quit with a BANG!
I'm not a mechanic, though I may pretend to be when I'm changing the oil.
I discovered, and recently joined, this forum; hoping I might find a way to put things back the way they were; a way to just keep the old 76 mowing.
What I found was a group of folks more dedicated to this stalwart machine than I could have imagined.
Through word of mouth, just today I sold the International Cadet 76 to a young fellow (40 years my junior) who has been looking for a 76 to complete his collection of Cadet models.
I apologize to the group for my tardy arrival and, just want to assure you another IH Cadet 76 has found a dedicated home.