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  1. Yeah they're like $2800, but what's even scarier is the repair bill on the tractor if you have to pay someone else to fix it after a shifting failure. Other questions you need to ask are: Can I be without the tractor? How long can I be without the tractor? If I can fix it what is my time worth? Don't forget that there is a link to a promising alternative earlier in this thread.
  2. Boy if you didn't load it for that price, I certainly would.
  3. Ah so it's the classic "I've never..." logic. That being, "I've never had one fail on me" or "I've never seen one fail." If you haven't witnessed it personally, that means it's never happened.
  4. Now it's okay to run a test harness? What about all the transmissions that have grenaded due to both the high and low sides being engaged at the same time because the sentry module wasn't there to detect that the one side hadn't disengaged before engaging the other? Every other thread on this says the sentry is absolutely necessary and a test harness is flirting with disaster? Now it's perfectly okay. What am I missing?
  5. If you're volunteering to go over and argue with his father in law...
  6. You might consider replacing both, as I believe both the gear and the shaft are heat treated.
  7. True, but you have certainly dealt with, for the lack of a nicer term, BULL-HEADED people with preconceived notions that cannot be told any different. In this case he'll put the stop leak in, fill it with water, the tractor will blow all the water right back out, and then they can proceed to fix it properly. No egos are bruised. No relationships are ruined. No arguments. Everyone's right. Everyone's happy. It's well worth the time.
  8. ooh, good point... Anything pre-1950 has a good chance of having a magneto on it, and the operation of the switch is completely different. The way it works on the magneto is the switch is open when the tractor is running, and when you push the button in, it closes the switch and grounds out the magneto. You can do the same with a key switch by wiring one terminal to the tractor's frame. To turn the tractor OFF, you turn the key switch ON. However, most key switches do not let you remove the key in the ON position, so you gain nothing in the way of tamper-resistance or security. Turn the switch off and remove the key, now the tractor will run but you cannot shut it off easily!
  9. They come ONE to a pack. Wow. Glad I changed my mind and ordered two packs. Dad also got two from the local dealer. Turns out they ordered the o-rings not the pins. How the parts guy over there found the o-rings when they are only called out in the 606 book is beyond me. He managed to get one on the pin. Only one went flying never to be seen again so we've got two left to fix the other valve. Still haven't put the valve back together, but hopefully this will do it.
  10. Let me guess, he's one of those guys who would put green Slime in this tire: You're not going to convince him any different, so you may as well go to the auto parts store and pick up the fanciest-looking, most expensive bottle of stop leak you can find, hand it to him and tell him, "I checked on the Internet. If this stuff doesn't fix it, nothing will," and let him prove it to himself.
  11. Probably, but head gaskets don't blow for no reason, so there's likely more wrong than just a head gasket. Only way to know is to start tearing into it.
  12. If this is any measure of the uncommonality of that tractor in the United States, this is the first I've heard of a 276. At least to me it's a rare bird, something that would get a lot of attention at tractor shows anyway. On the other hand, you're essentially buying an "orphan" if you need parts that aren't common with other tractors. You're in uncharted territory where it comes to price. Did you mention what he is asking for it? I'm no tractor appraiser, though I've guessed what a tractor will bring at auction on many occasions and been scarily close, even spot on a couple of times. Just from pictures I'm right at the $2000 mark, though it might go up or down after inspecting the tractor up close and hearing it run. Most likely my price will go down as tractors tend to look better in pictures than in person.
  13. Hmm, if you've indeed got the right gear, it sounds like first gear has managed to weld itself to the shaft. The gear itself should spin freely on the shaft like the other three, only engaging the shaft when the shift collar engages the gear.
  14. When you ask, "Will XXX loader fit?" the answer is almost universally yes, with a torch and a welder. CaseIH L300 is not a direct bolt on but you could probably make it work. 2350 isn't a direct bolt on either but it is a whole lot closer to bolting on than an L300. Need to drill 8 holes in the frame rails on the 1256, or fabricate bridge plates to span from the frame rails to the bell housing. Also need 1" of spacers on each side. Westendorf still makes multiple loaders that can be mounted on your 1256 with the correct mounting kit. If looking at used loaders, you want to look for something that came off a "large frame" 06-26-56 series tractor for a bolt on.
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