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#1 fonz3482 ONLINE  

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 09:09 PM

Well everyone, I found out tonight that my dad has been holding out on me. He must of been rummaging through his "junk pile" and he called me over to see If I wanted some Bolens tractor parts. So I show up and I help him pull this steel sealed 55 gallon drum out from under the tree. I open it up and to my surprise there was almost a whole 1050 tube frame tractor inside the drum. All that was missing was the hood, fender pan, some tin work, dash, and seat. My dad said he thinks the remaining parts maybe in his shed attic, but if not its still nice to have all the extra parts. Here is what came out of the drum. Notice the motor has a sticker on the flywheel cover that says 1yr warranted! I've never seen a sticker like that before, and thought it was cool. Enjoy the pics, Hoping to start a build thread soon with these parts and my frankenstien machine!!

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Edited by fonz3482, August 07, 2012 - 09:11 PM.

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 09:12 PM

Nice little surprise! looks like it was water tight too :thumbs:

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 09:17 PM

That IS a nice surprise! Hope he has the rest of it still.

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 09:18 PM

Wow, What a great surprise. Is today your Birthday? Congratulations !!

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 09:20 PM

Now that looks like a barrel of fun! good luck!

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Posted August 07, 2012 - 09:57 PM

Congrats. I've heard of garage, barn, shed, basement and even tree finds... But never a drum/barrel find. Looks like enough parts to keep you busy for a couple weeks at least. :thumbs:

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 01:20 AM

Cool...."Bolens in a can" :D :D :D
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Posted August 08, 2012 - 01:25 AM

That's a sweet surprise! A very interesting storage system too! Thank goodness it was water tight or this thread may have read VERY differently! Congrats on the unexpected windfall!

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 04:22 AM

That sure was a nice surprise,wasn't it.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 04:50 AM

Glad the parts are in such good shape! Be nice to find the other parts!

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 05:39 AM

I have heard of basket cases but never a Barrel case. Those parts look great and that warranty sticker is nice.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 05:41 AM

My dad had the drum sealed with its metal top, and the bolted on metal ring to secure and seal the top. He believes the tubes and some of the sheet metal are buried in his shed attic, but its kinda hard to get up in there, and its probably 150 degrees up there right now, so we are gonna wait til it cools off a bit.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 05:46 AM

Great to hear all those parts didn't get rusty from being in the barrel .I would never have thought that they would stay that nice no matter how you sealed it . Now I can see a big run on those barrels this week lol , Al

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 06:45 AM

I didn't realize you could store a tube frame in a barrel... It would seem to make sense that it should be water-tight since you don't want whatever is in the drum to leak out or to get contaminated with water. Now if the drum rusted out... that's a different story! But I guess it saves garage space that way. With this technique, maybe I can get another Bolens or two and not have to worry about needing a garage to store them in!!! :p

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 06:53 AM

wow thats incredible would never thought they would be in that good a shape great find have fun. John 13:34-35




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