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#1 fonz3482 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 08:33 PM

Hello everyone,
I picked up what is supposed to be a bolens 1050 tonight. Its alittle rough and needs a restoration. The thing thats wierd is it seems to be many different machines put together. It has a 1050 hood, with a different style decal kit. It has a 1050 style steering wheel, but it looks like the frame section is from a 800 or a 1000??? It has a basic trans with no low speed setting, and the motor is a tra-10d. The deck also has a wierd lifting system I've never seen before. Oh well, maybe you bolens experts can tell me what happened to this machine over the years! Enjoy the pics!

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 08:58 PM

I'm no Bolens expert, but it looks like a fun project! :thumbs:

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 09:02 PM

:blink: Interesting, fenders like you say, look 6,8 or 1000, hole where high/low shift would go or was. can't blame him for wanting a comfy seat but those mounts for it :( .. Had the parts and did it his way I guess.but I'm no expert.

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 10:44 PM

Looks like a great starting point, I hope you solve the mystery(s).

As for that seat... with my luick, on the maiden voyage I'd have to spike the brakes and play find the gearshift for the next few minutes. Is that a weird angle or is it just me?

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 01:06 AM

Looks to be in good shape what ever it is. It looks to be a 1050. The placement of the id tag is in the right place for a 1050, if you can read the model # it should be 192-01 or 192-02. Maybe try running the engine serial # to help find what year it is.http://gardentractor...sconsin-engine/ Have a 1050 with the same deck linkage as yours haven't seen another one like it til now.

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 04:40 AM

It is still a pretty good looking ,solid tractor.

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 05:58 AM

Well I ended up paying $50 for it. The guy had it listed for $150, then he knocked it down to $100. He said the tires would hold air and the deck was solid, when I showed up the deck had a few holes by the discharge chute, and the front tires were shot. So I asked what he would take and he said the lowest was $75. He said the starter/generator alone was worth $50 on ebay, and I could part the thing out and make money. I told him that my intentions were not to part it out and sell things, and in its current conditon I cant test anything on the machine to see if it even works. I said im here, I'll give you $50. He thought about it and called his son out to help push it up onto the trailer. Hopefully I made a good decision on it!
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Posted August 07, 2012 - 06:04 AM

I don't think you did bad at that price. Gives you some room to fix some issues.

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 06:09 AM

Looks like it originally was a 1050 and had some parts swapped out along the way.
If the decal on the hood is factory, The hood is around 1979'
The fenders look gold in color which would indicate they came off either an early 600 or 800.
That deck lifting system was used in the early 70's

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 06:22 AM

Well, I am no help, but I have to say that that seat looks mighty comfy!

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 06:45 AM

Well, I am no help, but I have to say that that seat looks mighty comfy!

Haaa, Haaa, The seat is very wierd and Im not sure If I would even attemp placing my buns on it. It looks like it was a rear seat from a car cut in half, Sometimes you wonder about where people come up with wierd ideas like that. The mounting of it is all hacked up too. That will be the 1st thing to go! Anyone have a pic of how the stock steel seat is supposed to mount. My Idea for this machine because nothing is really original is to make it a "hot rod bolens" I will keep the rear fenders and mount the steel seat pan. Then replace the hood with my h14 hood with scoop, then find some wider rear steel wheels, BIG and WIDE rear ags, then mount some skinny tri-ribs on the front. Thats my idea for now, but I have to see if the motor will fire up 1st.

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 06:55 AM

Well I ended up paying $50 for it. The guy had it listed for $150, then he knocked it down to $100. He said the tires would hold air and the deck was solid, when I showed up the deck had a few holes by the discharge chute, and the front tires were shot. So I asked what he would take and he said the lowest was $75. He said the starter/generator alone was worth $50 on ebay, and I could part the thing out and make money. I told him that my intentions were not to part it out and sell things, and in its current conditon I cant test anything on the machine to see if it even works. I said im here, I'll give you $50. He thought about it and called his son out to help push it up onto the trailer. Hopefully I made a good decision on it!

Can't say on decision, but technique on gettin the price down for condition, should be in the GTbuyer handbook, WellDid! :thumbs:

"...my intentions were not to part it out and sell things, and in its current conditon I cant test anything on the machine to see if it even works. I said im here, I'll give you.." Now thats a closer!

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 10:21 AM

Needless to say, I'm a big Frankensteining fan. Go Fonz!

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 11:33 AM

$50 is a good deal. That lift linkage is the older style used on the 1256's and probably the 1050's as well. I think you could get it functional based on the pictures you have posted. Good luck with it.

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 03:22 PM

I like $50.00 tractors, parts wise you can't go wrong and you still have room to put some money into it with out feeling guilty. Good luck on what ever you will be doing with it.




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