Greetings from Maryland. My step-father gave me this 1225 a few years back and i cobbled it together enough to have a snow blower for the past 3 years (no snow the first 2 years and then wham! this year). It saved me enough shoveling that I figured it deserved some TLC. This will be a very amateur attempt at restoration as I've never done anything like this before, so I will appreciate any and all assistance.
Everything appears to be original including the Wisconsin 12HP engine. The only thing that isn't is the fabricated bracket that attaches the snowblower (hence the chain that you see in the picture that serves as connection between hydraulic piston and blower). So first things first - anyone know where I can get such a bracket ?
Plan is to replace all wiring - already had issues with 45 year wires becoming brittle. Also the choke cable is broken, not that i use it anyway as it does typically require a little squirt of starting fluid/ether to get moving (especially in the winter).
I've replaced all belts already and have to put two new rear tires - the old ones finally succumbed to dry rot.
One question that I've researched all over the forums and internet is how to get the screw in "posi-trac" rear differential to work. I screwed it in but still only the right rear wheel powers, dis-assembled the left rear hub but nothing looks out of whack - key is still in tact. I've read some posts about a rear-axle end play adjustment but I'm not sure if that is for the hydrostats like the 1225. Would be great if anyone has advice on that one.
Lastly, also appears to have a leak around the carburetor so need to figure that one out as well.
Thanks for any advice in advance - I'll post photos as i go along.