Picked up this 1250 last weekend from a member on MTF. I posted it on the FB page so some of you may have seen it there. There weren't any real surprises, he described it just how it is. I also scored a dis-assembled S14D, some extra PTO parts, and a seat and seat pan. I can't read the serial number, but based on the straight hydro handle and early style Bolens on the axle housing, it looks to be a 197-01. I don't believe the red on the wheels is original as it is flaking off and they're white/cream underneath. The engine serial number is 4362338 which comes back as Jan 1967.
PO said it was running and then just quit on him. I started tinkering with it over the weekend. It cranks very well but has no spark. Did my best to set the points, no change. I picked up another coil with internal resistor and still didn't have any spark. Looking into it, it appears at some time someone used a car coil as there is a ballast resistor inline between the key and coil. I removed the resistor and will try a spare coil that I have which has an internal resistor. Hopefully this will get me some spark. I might order a condenser and points as well just to play it safe.
The rest of the tractor is pretty decent though needs to be cleaned up. The steering bridge is cracked and will either need to be welded or replaced. Anyone know if a bridge from the twin cylinder large frames will work? They are a different part number but not sure how they differ. It'll get a different steering wheel and seat of course. I can't find anything out on the name that's on the cast iron seat. I think it may be a repop unit. Most of the vintage seats that I found like that are stamped steel, not cast. I have an extra seat pan for a 1250 but need a cover. I have that brown seat that came with it as well.
Minimum plans are to get it running and operable. It would be nice to have it take over winter duty so my other 1250 can get cleaned up again and stay looking sharp. My other 1250 was my grandfathers which he bought new, so it has some sentimental value to me.
I'll keep the post updated as I go along with it.
Edited by nyrobbie77, December 05, 2016 - 11:25 AM.