Delmer and Nige, Thanks for the advice regarding the converter temp gauge. I'm going to have to give that a try. One other question regarding the dash area--in my photos of the whole dash you can see a gap of about one inch in the housing above and behind the dash area--is this a purposeful gap? That is, is it supposed to be there or is there a strip of sheet metal missing? I haven't been able to find that detail in any of the books I have, but as they are for a 955 and not a 955K, they might differ on that detail. It just seems out-of-place....
Some photos of the rails:
It's hard to see in the photos, but if you feel the bushings it is very difficult to feel any wear--it seems like they are almost perfect cylinders still. That, along with them being SALT (they have the rubber plugs in the ends of the bushings), is what sold me on the machine. I looked at the sellers (brother's whose dad bought the 955K in the mid-90s, built a pond, then parked it) and said "you guys didn't put many hours on this, did you? Not much more than a few hundred?" They looked at each other and said, "That's about right." Someone put a lot of money into the undercarriage just before their dad bought it! Other than loosening the track tension a bit, I doubt I'll have to fret about the undercarriage!
A belated very happy and merry New Year to all! I even had some hog jowl and black-eyed peas with the in-laws on 1 Jan to ensure a lucky year. Unfortunately, my vacation is over, now, and it's back to the work-a-day world tomorrow.