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Dad's ole 125 project


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Dad has a 125 (I think it's a 125) that he's had for at least 40 years that is semi retired as of about 5 years ago.   It used to be his/our primary mowing machine until he bought a ZT2 cub cadet.   Here is a pic of me about 37 years ago with a cat as a co pilot.

 

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Last Sunday I brought it to my house for some much needed repairs.   Dad is almost 70 and doesn't care to root around working on it anymore.  He has had these hubcaps on it and I opted to leave them behind for the 80 mile journey so I didn't lose one on the highway or something. 

 

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I had a chance to get it out and get it cleaned up some today. Just a rinse off at this point.

 

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This is the main reason I'm working on it.  Flywheel screen is gone, drive coupler is shot, and the driveshaft broke off at the end.  Dad moved the coupler back and made a new hole so he could at least still drive it.   It's on borrowed time.

 

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This machine is kinda a franken tractor but with IH parts: someone before him rolled it so we've used it for years with a bent steering wheel. PXL_20221019_204727086.thumb.jpg.20422c95ba0ef5f2df86476f27cc7fe4.jpg

 

He added the lights for mowing after work in the fall before I was old enough to mow after school.  The seat has been replaced many times.  I blew up and we rebuilt the engine 3-4 times that I remember.   A PO cut off the quick attach mounts so it has a bolted on mule drive from a 1x2/3 tractor.   He also had a garden at one point (I have the rototiller at my house) hence the spring assist and tiller mount.  

 

It is fun to have this back, albeit temporary-which is fine- to drive around again and remember days gone by.   This tractor is basically what I learned how to drive on, back trailers, etc.   

 

Also the dash says 105 but it has a 12 hp engine in it- is there a way to verify what it is by the serial number? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Models 104,105,124,125 are all included in this serial number range.  1967- 218010-225055.  1968-225056-280839.  1969-280840-306085.  Possible your engine has been changed??  Model 105 - Kohler 241.  Model 125- Kohler 301.   Don't really know if there's a way to tell because all this series falls under this serial number range. Sorry, this is all I got but I hope it helps

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1 hour ago, mrfred54 said:

Models 104,105,124,125 are all included in this serial number range.  1967- 218010-225055.  1968-225056-280839.  1969-280840-306085.  Possible your engine has been changed??  Model 105 - Kohler 241.  Model 125- Kohler 301.   Don't really know if there's a way to tell because all this series falls under this serial number range. Sorry, this is all I got but I hope it helps

Ah ok thanks.   With dad working for IH and Case IH his whole life with access to cheap replacement parts it's hard to say if has a replacement dash, engine or both.   Guess it'll just be a 125 to me then. 

 

 

 

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On 10/25/2022 at 11:32 PM, Mr. Plow said:

Pretty straight and clean old girl!

Considering a PO rolled it in a ditch (hence the bent steering wheel) and it going through 4 kids beating (gently I might add) on, it's a testament to how well IH built them.   A couple hundred bucks in this machine and it'd be in really great shape.   It makes me feel 12 years old again when I'm driving it around. 

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On 10/19/2022 at 5:16 PM, drglinski said:

 

 

Also the dash says 105 but it has a 12 hp engine in it- is there a way to verify what it is by the serial number? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can give me the entire serial number off the tag on the rear axle, I should be able to determine the model.   Each series had a unique kind/ code ahead of the serial number.   Ken Updike has these codes in his book.

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7 hours ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

If you can give me the entire serial number off the tag on the rear axle, I should be able to determine the model.   Each series had a unique kind/ code ahead of the serial number.   Ken Updike has these codes in his book.

I did some digging on that and I thought I read somewhere that it started with the 1x6/7 series (the one after the 1x4/5 series which this one is).   Regardless I'll have to pull the rototiller mount and get the s/n. 

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Dad (at least I think he did) cut the dash tin from a 127 at one point and covered the original blue dash.   I was curious to know what the OG dash looked like so I pulled it back a bit.   It looks better than I thought.  Kinda want to take the black off; it would be coming off if I were keeping it. 

 

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Started wrenching yesterday.   The end of the driveshaft was in the coupler and broken off from the rest of the shaft.   The engine had to be pulled to get the driveshaft out to be replaced.    The back of the engine needs a screen replaced as well. I'll probably clean the frame rails out while I'm at it. FB_IMG_1669946471716.thumb.jpg.4e12a7932328f814c2f2fc49bc69fb25.jpg

 

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Broken shaft is out.   Unbroken shaft is in.   Also worked on the headlights- they haven't been operating in years.   Dad put in a fuse holder that is junk.  (They are currently bypassed but a fuse is going back in). 

 

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11 hours ago, iowaboy1965 said:

You seem to be missing something betwixt the headlights and driveshaft. 😄

It's a Bluetooth model prototype.

 

 

My daughter (5) was sitting on the seat playing with the controls and covering her ears (afraid it was going to run) and I was like kiddo the engine is 6' away. 

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My daughter helped me do some work on this yesterday.   We got the driveshaft pin in, engine in and started wiring it up.   It looks better than it has in  a while.   PXL_20221212_002513742_MP.thumb.jpg.629e9e39b413a4ee0f91020ab555a5e7.jpg

 

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Buttoning it back up with just a few minute things to fix to tie up lose ends and it'll be complete.   The lights haven't worked in about 20 years and all it was the fuse holder and fuse. 

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Got this just about where it needs to be where Dad wanted it this winter.   I got him a new front tire as the original balloon style Goodyears were splitting like a hot dog in the microwave too long.  (The other had gone bad and was replaced about 5 years ago. ).  I fixed the seat hinge so it's no longer egg shaped and loose.    I had it on the firewood cart for one last ride before it goes back to his place in the spring.  It should be more useful for him now.    It's been fun to have the cub I grew up on for a while at my house.  PXL_20221229_211433217.thumb.jpg.09f8de1a82078bbe5aea270eeb27caa9.jpg

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A small ride along.

 

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On 1/11/2023 at 12:08 AM, oldscoutdiesel said:

While you have it this winter are you going to straighten the grill or is there a sentimental reason not to?

That's not something I even thought of.  It wouldn't take me long and Dad wouldn't care either way...might be worth some time repairing it. 

 

Thanks 

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