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Posted July 02, 2012 - 11:53 AM

Along with the Green brier I'm trying to get restored before the fall I'm also doing an EK mowing deck so I can put it on the 69' EK10 when I take it to shows.
Hopefully I can get alot accomplished this holiday week

Anyway, here are the results, Got the first coat of Bolens green on this morning :D

gb 008.JPG gb 009.JPG gb 021.JPG green brier and EK deck primed 003.JPG 01 011.JPG 01 010.JPG 01 008.JPG 01 007.JPG
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 11:56 AM

Looks great Dr B. but is that JD green on that deck!

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 12:00 PM

That looks great!! The color your using looks a close match to the spring green used on the DB wheels and some attachments.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 12:03 PM

Looks great Dr B. but is that JD green on that deck!


No, Not JD green! :D

This is a custom mix that I had scanned
The original green tended to fade on the old decks which is why the new paint I added looks brighter.
The new paint is not a 100% perfect match but its as close as the scanner could get.

Here's the deck I did a few years ago using the same custom color:
I added an old deck with original paint for comparison

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 12:11 PM

Looks pretty close to JD green but hard to tell the difference unless they were side by side. Looks a bit lighter. Gotta get offline. We're having a big Thunderstorm here!

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 12:39 PM

WOW!!! Looking good, Dr. Bolens!!! Awesome job on that deck. I'm sure it will look great on a nicely restored Estate Keeper. I have to admit that I've never heard of the Estate Keeper nor seen one until I joined this group. It is a pretty neat looking machine - like an earlier predecessor to the golf course mowers you see nowadays. It was a really ingenious design for the 1960's and I have to say they're growing on me... Good luck with that and your Green Brier (had no idea that is what it was called... Seen some manuals for them on eBay and I thought it was a really funky-looking 1950's suburban riding mower...)


(BTW - What size deck is that? Is it a 46" or is it like a 48" or 50"? Wasn't sure if the Estate Keeper had a larger deck on it than the "regulation Bolens" tractors...)

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 02:07 PM

great job doc looks like you been busy like the the worksmanship thanks for the pics.
p.s. the jd green is alot darker in Christ looking for His return.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 02:53 PM

Wow, sure looks like you have a great start on the deck.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 03:22 PM

Looks good! I too thought it looked like JD green, but I know you care about your Bolens way to much to disgrace them like that! :laughingteeth:

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 03:38 PM

Great looking deck! That's way light for JD green! Gotta find me one of these!

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 04:20 PM

Thanks for the Comments guys :D

WOW!!! Looking good, Dr. Bolens!!! Awesome job on that deck. I'm sure it will look great on a nicely restored Estate Keeper. I have to admit that I've never heard of the Estate Keeper nor seen one until I joined this group. It is a pretty neat looking machine - like an earlier predecessor to the golf course mowers you see nowadays. It was a really ingenious design for the 1960's and I have to say they're growing on me... Good luck with that and your Green Brier (had no idea that is what it was called... Seen some manuals for them on eBay and I thought it was a really funky-looking 1950's suburban riding mower...)


(BTW - What size deck is that? Is it a 46" or is it like a 48" or 50"? Wasn't sure if the Estate Keeper had a larger deck on it than the "regulation Bolens" tractors...)


The estate keepers had 3 different size decks The same as the Tubeframes 32'', 38'', 42''
They used the same shell of a tubeframe deck except they just have a different mounting system and gear box.

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Posted July 02, 2012 - 05:17 PM

Doc, that's looking fantastic! Don't let them rib you about your paint, I think it's darned close to OEM.

As for the one you already restored, that's a neat color combo. Of all the brands, I think Bolens had some of the most interesting color schemes.
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Posted July 02, 2012 - 06:18 PM

Apple green....
Looks good!

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Posted July 04, 2012 - 02:46 AM

... Of all the brands, I think Bolens had some of the most interesting color schemes.


And the most VARIED. Seems that they made changes for no particular reason as well.

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 05:49 PM

Got a second coat on the deck today, One more coat on the deck shell and the EK deck will be done




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