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Finally got the 1256 resto project started


Cummings1486

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It’s been along time coming but I finally got started on the path to get the 1256 restored today. First step was removing the year around cab. I’ll admit that was alittle bittersweet. First time in 40 years it had been off. Dad put it on and I took it off. But since it’s going to be a show tractor it’ll be better with it off. I’m going to put it on my other 806 since the fenders on that are going on this. Next took the seat off and all the panels for a good power wash. Couldn’t believe all the crud especially under the seat but I got everything pretty well cleaned out. Went ahead and replaced the bushing in the tilt steering as the slop on the steering was pretty bad. That helped immensely. Going to have all the chrome redone and tin work done hopefully in the next day or two. Got a hydraulic seat setup to put back in too. Hoping to have it all done by June. I’ll post pictures along the way of this project. Really looking forward to the end result as I’ve been wanting to do this since I brought it back home. 

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I've never farmed in one of those cabs but I do like the classic look of them.  Good luck with your project.

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48 minutes ago, Drysleeves said:

That's a really straight QT-1 cab. Notice the fill-in feature up front to compensate for the other than 66 Series hood that was the current thing at Harvester. Is the steering wheel bent or am I seeing a camera mirage?

It is a straight one, pretty decent shape for its age. And I always wondered about that but made sense when I realized that it could go on a 66 series as well. No you’re seeing it correct lol. When the cab came up off it swayed the wrong way and dinged it up. I straightened it back out for the most part but that one is getting replaced as it’s rough shape anyways so no harm done. 

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38 minutes ago, yellowrosefarm said:

That arm makes the 1256 look like a toy.  Nice to have that lifting ability.

Yes It does. And it definitely made taking it off a piece of cake. Seems like any more these modern machines make this age of tractor look like a matchbox car. 

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Nice 1256. look forward to seeing the progress. Having good bones to start makes the project much easier.

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17 minutes ago, ChrisNY said:

Nice 1256. look forward to seeing the progress. Having good bones to start makes the project much easier.

Thank you! And you got that right, makes it so much smoother. 

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I started tearing into the hydraulic seat set up to put one back in because someone had taken out the original one that was on here. It looks like I’m missing a few parts for it but I’m trying to figure out where this pressure line ties into the brake assembly. I have the parts diagram for it in the book and it looks like this number four tee ties into it, I’m assuming that tee goes into the brake assembly? I took a picture of mine and I’m assuming it’s the very bottom one and someone put a different fitting in there when they took the seat out. That should be the tee goes instead of what’s there? 

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6 hours ago, Cummings1486 said:

I started tearing into the hydraulic seat set up to put one back in because someone had taken out the original one that was on here. It looks like I’m missing a few parts for it but I’m trying to figure out where this pressure line ties into the brake assembly. I have the parts diagram for it in the book and it looks like this number four tee ties into it, I’m assuming that tee goes into the brake assembly? I took a picture of mine and I’m assuming it’s the very bottom one and someone put a different fitting in there when they took the seat out. That should be the tee goes instead of what’s there? 

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The tee goes where the psi line enters the brake valve

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28 minutes ago, Rusty_Farmer said:

The tee goes where the psi line enters the brake valve

Is that line any of the three in that picture? I was thinking it was the bottom one but wasn’t sure. 

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9 hours ago, Cummings1486 said:

Is that line any of the three in that picture? I was thinking it was the bottom one but wasn’t sure. 

Yes, the bottom one.  that 90 degree fitting used to be a T and the line continued straight up to the seat.

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23 minutes ago, brahamfireman said:

Yes, the bottom one.  that 90 degree fitting used to be a T and the line continued straight up to the seat.

That’s what I was thinking but wasn’t sure. Thank you for confirming that .

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Been making some progress on the tractor. Nothing too exciting but thought I’d give an update. Been mostly cleaning and making adjustments. Just about got all the cleaning done. These small brushes are the way to go for getting nooks and crannies. Gone through a few but I highly recommend them for anyone doing a restoration! Had to install a new pto lever and spring as the old one got cut when the cab was put on. Slid the right wheel out to match the width of the other side as it had been slid in for some reason. Getting those wedge locks freed was not a fun task but finally got them. And got the top link freed up so both turnbuckles move.  Hopefully more to come in the next few days !

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Been alittle slow going on the project with being in the field and working on equipment but working on it alittle bit when I can. Had the radiator out and had that gone over and all good. I did get the seat cushions and the armrests back from the upholstery shop though! Was very happy with the results. Cushions were easy but they said the armrests were a bear but they came out great as well. Waiting for the chrome strips to come back from the shop. Hopefully next week. Hoping to do some paint prep this weekend and do some of the parts I’ve gotten done. Seat wasn’t cheap but it’s close as the original so I’m happy for that. It’ll look great after it’s all together! 

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1 hour ago, Cummings1486 said:

Been alittle slow going on the project with being in the field and working on equipment but working on it alittle bit when I can. Had the radiator out and had that gone over and all good. I did get the seat cushions and the armrests back from the upholstery shop though! Was very happy with the results. Cushions were easy but they said the armrests were a bear but they came out great as well. Waiting for the chrome strips to come back from the shop. Hopefully next week. Hoping to do some paint prep this weekend and do some of the parts I’ve gotten done. Seat wasn’t cheap but it’s close as the original so I’m happy for that. It’ll look great after it’s all together! 

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Looks like you found a top notch upholstery shop. Would you mind showing us the finished product when you get the seat back together? I’m really interested in how the armrests turned out. 

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10 hours ago, Long Farms said:

Having originals redone is what ive been having done for past few years. Using Marine vinyl which is good quality and UV resistant. 

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I agree completely. I almost bought a new one from k&m but they weren’t quite the same as original color wise. Im very happy with the color shade and the material used 

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9 hours ago, Cool1566 said:

Looks like you found a top notch upholstery shop. Would you mind showing us the finished product when you get the seat back together? I’m really interested in how the armrests turned out. 

Absolutely I will! I’m eager to see how the chrome strip looks with them on as well. Hoping to have those back next week. And I did find a good shop. This one came highly recommended and they definitely lived up to the reviews I got. It’s getting harder to find a good upholstery shop anymore. Most of the guys have retired and no one took it over. This place does seats for tractors and cars and interiors. They had quite the shop. 

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Going to start painting the engine and frame. When the tractor came back home I rewired it as the wiring was horrible. Do you guys usually paint over the wiring or tape it all off when painting? I looked at the original sales brochure and it looks like it was painted over from the factory?

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3 hours ago, Cummings1486 said:

Going to start painting the engine and frame. When the tractor came back home I rewired it as the wiring was horrible. Do you guys usually paint over the wiring or tape it all off when painting? I looked at the original sales brochure and it looks like it was painted over from the factory?

Wiring, filters, belts, hoses were all painted over from the factory. 

It's pretty easy to pull all the wiring off when painting during a restoration, And then put it back on afterwards. Looks much better I my eyes not painted.

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3 hours ago, brahamfireman said:

Wiring, filters, belts, hoses were all painted over from the factory. 

It's pretty easy to pull all the wiring off when painting during a restoration, And then put it back on afterwards. Looks much better I my eyes not painted.

That’s kind of my thoughts. I think it would look better but I’ve seen guys paint over it too. I think I’ll take it off. 

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Sorry haven’t posted on this in awhile but been busy between planting, getting ready for a wedding and working on the tractor. It’s been a long journey (and expensive lol) but the tractor is finally done and turned out great.  Dad said the paint wasn’t this nice when we bought it new. I used it in my wedding and couldn’t have been happier. Sorry for all the pics but I’m very proud of this tractor. It’s my pride and joy. I only wish my grandpa and great uncle were here to have seen it in person. But I know they see it. This is for you grandpa and uncle Tc. 

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