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#1 Bolens800uk OFFLINE  

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Posted May 09, 2016 - 01:17 PM

Just out of interest, and no I am not going for it as I got no room sadly, what model is this? The seller say it got a Kohler engine in it but my mate, Iain, said it is most certainly a Techumesh. He thinks it's a 1253 and having read Brian's article on TFs I think it is too. Always good to have a possible identification. Apart from the colour, exhaust and seat it is all complete. Sadly no # tags either.



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Posted May 09, 2016 - 01:23 PM

Pics are too small to see ....


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Posted May 09, 2016 - 01:25 PM

I just realised that! Will try to pull off a couple of better photos.

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Posted May 09, 2016 - 01:30 PM

I hope bigger photos....

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Posted May 09, 2016 - 01:40 PM

Some more.

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Posted May 09, 2016 - 05:06 PM

1253.  


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Posted May 09, 2016 - 05:24 PM

I think it it a 1253, looks to have the odd looking 1722275 ignition switch and Tecumseh engine 


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Posted May 09, 2016 - 05:26 PM

1257.  

 

Not a 1257.

 

The 1257 is a hydro, and that's a gear drive.



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Posted May 09, 2016 - 08:16 PM

It does look a lot like a 1253 (1970 only), except for one thing. The PTO lever is not correct for a 1253. I have two 1253's, a 1253-01 and a 1253-02 and both have left/right PTO engagement levers. Yours has a forward/back PTO lever. I'm thinking this might be a G12 (1976-77). The G12 had a 12hp Tecumseh engine. At first, I thought it could also be a G10, but it can't be because G10's were 3-speeds and yours has a Hi/Low gear range lever which would only be on a 6-speed tractor, like the G12. More and larger pics would help identify your tractor more accurately.


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Posted May 09, 2016 - 09:02 PM

Here's a pic of my 1253-01 control levers and dash panel. A couple of other difference clues between the 1253 and the G12 are the choke and throttle controls: the 1253 has push/pull controls (twist lock for throttle), the G12 has lever-type up/down controls. The gearshift: the 1253 has a teardrop-shaped plastic knob threaded onto the shift lever (same type as used on parking brake), the G12 has a simple cylindrical rubber sleeve-type cap pushed onto the shift lever.

 

It is curious that your exhaust is coming out of the left side of the engine. Both the carburetor and the exhaust on the 1253 come out of the right side of the engine.

 

Compare this photo to your tractor:

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Posted May 09, 2016 - 10:03 PM

Excellent eye Toolfoole. The exhaust has me puzzled. Even on the G12, the exhaust exits on the right side. I don't believe it's a G12 however. The steering wheel is older style than the G12 as well as a few other discrepancies.

 

Perhaps a later 1254 with a Tecumseh transplant?


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Posted May 10, 2016 - 03:52 AM

Thanks for the info everyone. I have asked for better photos of the dash tower and control mechanism from the seller. Hopefully will get these and post them up shortly.

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Posted May 10, 2016 - 05:43 AM

Excellent eye Toolfoole. The exhaust has me puzzled. Even on the G12, the exhaust exits on the right side. I don't believe it's a G12 however. The steering wheel is older style than the G12 as well as a few other discrepancies.

 

Perhaps a later 1254 with a Tecumseh transplant?

 

 

After I look at it some more its most likely a 1254-06 with a transplant engine.  

 

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Posted May 13, 2016 - 12:02 AM

More photos of the tractor to help get a postitive identification.

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Posted May 13, 2016 - 12:09 AM

The dash decals would be correct for a later high series 1254.
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