Thank you both for your answers. I have looked at all the information I could find on the 382 and it appears to me that the 11hp model itself is definitely an MTD. While the 7 hp 382 may have replaced the 111, the one I was looking at is a 11 hp. So that kind of removes all doubt.
When it comes to the Peerless transaxle, I already knew that some though not all were serviceable. My 1990 Sears (aka Roper) 12.5 had rear end problems so I took apart the transaxle and replaced the gear that was busted. That was long before I had access to the wealth of knowledge in our community and it was a very -- did I mention a very painful learning experience. In fact most of my learning experiences in those days were extremely painful to the pocketbook
Even though this particular unit says International Harvester on it according to the PO, I will be keeping my distance from it. Don't need another project and certainly don't need another MTD unit around here. Just got rid of the last MTD Ride On -- the Co-Op Turf Trac. Gave that puppy away to a young lad who is interested in small engine equipment. Went to a good home
Now, ifn a Spirt of 76 were to rear up on it's hind end, it might make me sit up and take notice. I think they are pretty cool, but the likelyhood of finding one of them north of the 49th is not only slim to remote - probably non-existent