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#1 Nascar3244888 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 03, 2016 - 04:44 AM

Pretty Good looking and complete 1254.  Was a craigslist find.  Figured I better jump right on it for the $200 asking price, especially once I had the owner send me a picture of it on my phone.  Brought it home around 12 and had it running by 3!  Not much really had to be done other than drain the fuel out of the tank( luckily the shutoff was used and the carb was dry), also I needed to remove the head to deal with a stuck exhaust valve.  Other than that I borrowed a starter gen from my 900 and charged up the battery that came with it and that was it....fired right up!!  The guy that had it gave up on it a year or so ago because the starter gen stopped working for whatever reason( almost looked like it was recently rebuilt, but it almost seems like when you spin it by hand it feels a little catchy), so I will be looking into that soon.  The battery that was in it only took 10 minutes to charge right up lol, looks like it was put in around the time the starter gen stopped working.?.?  Something to check into....here are a few photos once we had it running driving and mowing......

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Posted January 03, 2016 - 05:41 AM

Nice score on that, Brad!


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Posted January 03, 2016 - 07:19 AM

It sounds like the S/Gs brushes may be causing the "catchy" feel. The S/G may just need to be polarized. Nice GT. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted January 03, 2016 - 07:28 AM

You didn't waste any time getting 16 off to a good start. Nice looking tractor to start off the new year. 


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Posted January 03, 2016 - 07:46 AM

You found a good one there.  Makes it easy when there is one hiding behind ever tree.  Better yet you got it running right off.  That one was not stored outside like most are.


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Posted January 03, 2016 - 09:27 AM

Great find and a great price as well. There is a 1050 for sale not to far from here. I may go take a look at it next weekend if I can make arrangements with the seller. It is in rough shape, but looks to be mostly there. He is asking $150 as a parts machine, but the ad also says BO, must go!, so we will see. 

 

Jim


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Posted January 03, 2016 - 09:35 AM

Great Find!!!


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Posted January 03, 2016 - 10:06 AM

I would say you did well


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Posted January 03, 2016 - 11:33 AM

That look like a good find and up and running within hours of owning it is a bonus.

What are you going to do with it?
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Posted January 03, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Wow looks like nice original there! 

 

Does this tractor have a modal and serial number? I can tell you what number it is off the factory line. 


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Posted January 03, 2016 - 02:14 PM

Thanks for the kind remarks everyone.  Today I took apart my first starter generator, which just so happened to be the one that came along with the 1254.  It was freshly rebuilt.  Turns out after looking it over that the armature was coming into contact with one of the field coils.  I ended up using a C-Clamp to compress the coil tighter against the inner wall of the generator.  Also Im not sure if I did it or not upon removal but the one brush spring tensioner seemed to not be sprung like the other one was.  I looked at it and it had part of the wire caught in it, so I fixed that.  After all that I cleaned the contact areas for the brushes as well as the armature and field coils, but it back together and it no longer had the catchy feeling, so I hooked it up to the jumper back and it worked!!!  I put it on the tractor and it starts and charges!! Ialso was able to clean the tractor up some, so here are some pics...

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Posted January 03, 2016 - 02:32 PM

That come up very well. If it were me I would keep her as it is. Well done for sorting out the starter generator.
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Posted January 03, 2016 - 03:56 PM

It looks real good as is! :thumbs:  on the S/G!



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Posted January 03, 2016 - 04:26 PM

Very nice find! She is in really nice original condition!! Keep her that way.



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Posted January 03, 2016 - 04:41 PM

Tractor looks nice!

 

"Turns out after looking it over that the armature was coming into contact with one of the field coils.  I ended up using a C-Clamp to compress the coil tighter against the inner wall of the generator."

 

If you have to take it apart again you may want to verify that the field coil shoe is ninety degrees to the end of the housing.  I replaced a field coil on the one on my 1050 several years ago and when I put it back in I did not double check the shoe and must have got it off a degree or two - worked ok when it was cold but when it got warm it did not sound quite right.  I took it back apart and could see that the armature was just touching the coil so I removed the shoe again and made sure there was nothing trapped between it and the inner housing wall and reinstalled the shoe making sure it was at a right angle to the end using a small square.  Worked good after that.


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