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#1 Rock farmer OFFLINE  

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 09:06 AM

This my 1276;
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I bought it at an auction with a slot hitch cultivator for $15 !
I didn't really want the tractor, just the cultivator.
It would have been rude to leave it behind. So, I took it home. When I got around to tinkering on it it started right and ran fine. So, I got some paint and gave a quich coat.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 09:15 AM

I like it, and you can't beat the price! I love Wheel Horse, and I would like to own a 1276. Very nice find. :thumbs:

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 10:26 AM

You got a nice older Hydro 12 WH. The 1276 stands for, 12-12 HP, 7-Hydro, 6- 1966. I have all 3 of the 1967 model 12hp tractors. 1257, 1267, 1277Auto. You will really grow to love that machine.
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 10:39 AM

Wow...great deal!
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 11:17 AM

That's an awesome score for that price! I'm not a big fan of the Hydro's, but that's just a personal preference. I'd certainly have snapped it up for $15!
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 11:45 AM

That's a good buy. Nothing like a free tractor with the cultivator purchase.
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 12:51 PM

I woke up on Saturday morning some three or four years ago and was raining.
Nothing I could do around the yard so I decided to go this auction I had gotten a mailer for.
I had $100 or $150 in my pocket and my short bed pickup
When I got there they had a lot out back with 10 or 12rows of old left over used stuff from some lawn and garden shop
That must have closed it's doors after fifty years in business.
There was also some complete tractors and equipment. And lots of pallets and piles of similar stuff. Like a pallet of starters,
A pallet of fuel tanks or a pile of roto tillers.
Just as the auctioneer got started the rain came. In the second or third row a bid on and won a single bottom class 1 plow.
Now I had just $100 bucks left. the big ticket items sold (I remember a ford lgt with accessories went for something In the naighborhood of $5k! I didn't know what it was or why it went so high.
The other thing that went high was a large lawn aerator. Anyway about this time the rain was getting heavy and the wind was beginning to blow. The auctioneer started selling faster. The crowd thinned out. And he started asking does anyone want anything in this row.
I said yes that pile. One other bidder wanted a couple of old tool boxes he bid ten bucks and I bid 15. I got it!
The auctioneer headed for cover just as rain let up and all the successful bidders started laoding there trucks. There were a lot of happy people there that day and had no problem getting some help lifting the tractor into my truck.
Wish I'd brought more money more knowledge and a big trailer!

Joe

P.s. thanks for the replies guys!
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 02:47 PM

Thats one great looking tractor! :thumbs: I wish I could find me a deal like that! I'll triple your money on it LOL ~Jake
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 08:20 PM

Just bought a hydro lift for it.
My electro 12 got me spoiled and lazy!
It appears to be complete. But I will need a check valve for the
Hydrostatic tranny? Where can I get one?
And why does the electro 12 have a by-pass valve but the 1276
Does not? I'm thinking their basically the same sundstrand unit?

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 08:37 PM

Potential source for the check valve pieces:
L J Fluid Power
10118 S M 43 Hwy Delton, MI 49046
(269) 623-4150

The tow/bypass valve is accessible through the toolbox/storage compartment:
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Posted September 01, 2012 - 05:58 PM

Got it started and drove around the property today.
Hasn't run in a couple of years.
I don't quite remember what was wrong with it, wiring I believe.
Anyway I had a starter solenoid on it, that must have been the problem.
When I checked the manual section here I see that it shouldn't have a solenoid!
So I rewire per the wiring diagram and it starts.
I don't know if it was me or a previous owner that put that in there!

The good news is, now that all six of my tractors run,
So, I can get another one right?

Joe


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Posted September 01, 2012 - 08:09 PM

You got to have something to work on, right? So, if they're all running good, that means you need to find another one that needs some love. :laughingteeth: :thumbs:

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Posted September 05, 2012 - 08:16 PM

My 1276 needs new choke and throttle cables. (on order)
But, it starts right up and powers me all around the yard. (at idle)
What fun! I think this things just happy to be alive!
I'll be putting it to work mowing and digging potato's soon enough.
I think a C-165 will be joining the herd soon!

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 07:56 PM

1984 C-165 has joined the herd!
What most of you would call a parts tractor.
I bought a snow blade for $57 and the tractor kinda followed it home!
Anyway the motor fired off on ether after some wiring work, and, so,
I turned my attention to the eight speed tranny.
Shifts through all gears. But, acts like input shaft is broke.
Take'n the tranny apart. Expect to find a broken high low fork jammed in a bad place.

Joe


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Posted September 13, 2012 - 09:32 PM

Congrats on the new addition Joe! The C-165 was / is a beast of a tractor. Only feature I really don't like is the plastic fender pan! I'm not a big fan of hydros either, but that's the only way they offered hydraulics so...




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