Jsson - why did you go and cut a perfectly good lift handle? You could have removed the dash pedestal and used a dremmel tool to grind the weld down/off to remove the handle from that connector bracket.
Well, as good a welder as you are, I suppose you can still grind off the weld, weld the arm back together, and then rework everything. I assume this handle came off the 1250, so when you're done you might discover this handle won't work on your 149 because the hole for the role pin is in the wrong location. But I suppose you could at least remove the knob and use it to replace that cue-ball on your 149 lift handle.
But then again, since your old tag line said you didn't know the cue-ball was not correct - why change it now. If it works just keep on using it. I assume your paws fit better around the ball than they do around that little stick knob.
On the sno-thrower spacers. Those pics Kraig shared are the same ones that I used to create the spacers for mine. And for the same reason, not as extreme as that tractor!, but mine was rubbing on the lower grille and adding the spacers cured that!
Jason - Yup, that ole 1250 was a gold mine for you. But I tried to tell you the lift handle from the 1250 is not the correct handle for your 149. Your 149 handle has a hole for a little roll pin and the 1250 handle doesn't have it. I suppose you could drill the hole if you knew the correct place to drill it. Other than the hole I don't know if there is any difference in the handle (like same length, etc). Let us know what you discover.