2019 was a year of unexpecteds as it relates to reducing the space I have left in my shed for more tractors. In early January, I found a Craigslist ad for a 1456 up in Minnesota that hadn't run for years. It was stuck, had brake issues, the water pump was out, oil cooler was shot, and a whole other list of unknowns. I was in need of some parts for some other tractors, but didn't need much more than cosmetics. I sent the link to a buddy who parts tractors and he ended up getting a deal put together on it. After he towed it home, without a terrible amount of work, he had the engine running, albeit not all that well. Time is money, and he decided he could make more by continuing the plan to part it out versus all of the shop time and additional investment it would take to make it a good runner again. I was happy with that, since I needed parts from it. Right before he was going to start tearing it down, he sent me a picture of the serial tag shown below, 15th one off the line. Long story made short, I'm thankful for the good relationship we have. He agreed to sell it to me so I could save it versus knocking it in the head as was the plan.
I'm embarrassed to say these are the only pictures I have of the tractor. It's an original long bar axle, fender delete from what I can tell. The axles have been torched unfortunately. The injection pump has been rebuilt, new water pump, new oil cooler, and brakes repaired. The TA holds and it now runs through all gears. I've been gather sheet metal for it, but still need to tear into the rear end to replace axles and check everything else out. It was partially rewired at some point in time, so that's a plus. It still has a long way to go, but I'm happy considering all I was originally trying to do was track down some parts.
Fast forward to July. More Craigslist browsing leads to an ad for a 1256 in Texas that hasn't moved since the original owner passed away five or so years ago. His estate is selling the land underneath the tractor, and it has 2 weeks to be moved out so the sale can close. Sounds like a scam right? I sure thought so, but had to look into it. Call the guy and talk to him, and he ends up being a straight shooter. Tells me the tractor was his father-in-laws pride and joy, but it doesn't currently run. They want $2k for it. Enter in the 1456 whisperer, Long Farms. With his help, the deal is done and trucking is arranged. Brian shows up and gets the tractor running and driving with hot batteries and some determination. It turns out everything seems to function, the TA holds, and off we go. It's keeping my 1456 gold demo company right now down there awaiting some TLC, but that's just fine. Many thanks to Brian; I wouldn't have this without him.
Photos courtesy of Long Farms. 1967 model 1256 sold new in Taylor, Texas. 52 years later, I am the second owner. 2019 was a great year!