21' craftsman repair options
A friend gave me a Craftsman 7hp Briggs 21" REAR drive Hi-Tunnel mulching mower with bagger and chute that she thinks they purchased ten years ago. She recently replaced it with another mower. The gear box in the Craftsman seems to have gone out of it after I replaced the belt and checked all the other cable tension adjustments it only goes into drive intermittently, the motor still runs fine and with a newly sharpened blade it cuts passably well. I took the mower home to play with it and see if it can be restored.
My dilemma is that if there was a sticker with the MODEL NUMBER on the mower it has been removed or fell off, the manual of course is non-existent too. I wonder if anyone can suggest how I can find a model number for the mower to ascertain what gear box it may need. I have read that the gear box will likely be around 80 bucks but given the condition of the mower...I might be willing to spring for that to restore it.
I'd be interested in hearing others advice about how I might go about repairing this mower to self-propelled or finding other options to use the otherwise functional engine [as a LAWNMOWER, I don't need a mini-bike etc.]. Hate to just throw it in the dumpster and parting it out isn't really something I care to take on.