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The 1256 came to live here a year ago. There are some issues with the head and also it has zero compression I have a spare engine with a good head. When the weather gets a bit warmer I will get it degrease so as to have a closer look at what I am up against.
 

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Better place for that nest than under the flywheel cover. Had an old tube frame in a open side building last year and a robin found that spot for here nest. Wonder the cats didn't find it.
 
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Funny you mention the flywheel cover because I can see nest material behind the flywheel its self. I will pull it soon to see how much chewing they did.
 

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Very nice tractor.

Last year I was helping Chris (BolensChrisUK) to liberate a G14 with a loader from a barn and under a lot of rotten wood and other rubbish I found a 1960 Ride-a-matic that was being used as a home by rats. Despite my hatred of rats I soon had it uncovered and loaded to bring home. I made the mistake of putting it into my workshop until the following weekend and it sure made my workshop smell bad.

It is amazing how much damage animals can do to the metal panels when they use it as a toilet.

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The 1256 came to live here a year ago. There are some issues with the head and also it has zero compression I have a spare engine with a good head. When the weather gets a bit warmer I will get it degrease so as to have a closer look at what I am up against.
For some reason I thought u got out if the hobbie
 
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I like the hour meter on there. I have a 1476 with an hour meter. I think the dealers could install them if you asked. Mine is under the hood on it's own little bracket. I bet a tube frame must be pretty neat with a Wisconsin engine in it. I've not had one but they must have a lot of torque like the the 1250 does.
 

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For some reason I thought u got out if the hobbie
I just slowed down a lot. With all the health issues last year I did not know if I would ever get back into It. It took me well over a year to get my 900 done. Last summer around June I picked up a 1948 Ridemaster and that is next into the shop. I don't see how anyone could ever give up the Bolens hobby. I know that whoever gets my tractors is going to be one lucky guy.
 

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Better place for that nest than under the flywheel cover. Had an old tube frame in a open side building last year and a robin found that spot for here nest. Wonder the cats didn't find it.
It seems common, my 850 had not run in many years and it was packed solid under there, rodents had made a home.

Bought S7D from a parts tractor last summer, only paid 25$ because it since it was seized but once I got home I realized rodents had done the same on that one but packed it so solid it "felt" like the engine was seized but really wasn't.
 

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Looks like a pretty good solid machine! What are your plans for it?
I have no plans for it. It is just an old tractor that is tied and use a face lift. I can see a really thick sealant on the edges of the head gasket. I also see where some of head is melted giving way that maybe some welding has been done on it.
 

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Well it looks like I was right about that head being welded. If the head had been baked for 24 hours they might have stood a better chance of having a good weld There was very little penetration if any. The two pieces I was able to pick out with my knife. The top of the piston looks good but it is loose in the cly. Once I get all the grease and grim off it I will have a new tractor.
 

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ouch not a pretty weld job by far. You mention baking it prior to welding. I bought a Briggs 8HP aluminum side cover to a professional weld shop near me. I made some threaded weld bosses I wanted to have welded onto it. He told me to get the cover glass bead blasted then he could bake it and weld it. I was told that glass bead leaves no residue after blasting and that all the oil in that cover needs to be baked out. I did what he told me to do and those bosses were welded on there and came out fantastic. Sorry to get off the topic but what you said reminded me of a good lesson after seeing your weld pictures here.
 
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