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#16 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 06:54 AM

It would be interesting to see the tractor you could build with this using drum and all.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 07:01 AM

... and not have to worry about needing a garage to store them in!!! :p


Or the wife saying "I don't remember seeing that tractor before" :laughingteeth: :laughingteeth: :laughingteeth:

Edited by OldBuzzard, August 08, 2012 - 07:01 AM.


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Posted August 08, 2012 - 07:07 AM

My dad actually has many off these steel barrels with the metal tops. The metal top has a huge o-ring seal on it and then it clamps on with a big band and a bolt. He then sets them on a plastic or wood pallet under a tree and throws a cheap tarp around them all. Everything came out in great shape,with no corrosion issues. Does anyone know about the "warranted one year" sticker on the motor?? Was that placed on at the factory or dealer?? I've never seen one before, and I thought it was kinda cool to find it on the motor in my barrel of bolens. It was like a bolens treasure chest!

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 07:28 AM

Sounds like it was probably a dealer sticker, but I'm not 100% sure. There is a small chance it was put on from the Bolens factory perhaps. Then again, it also could have been a factory sticker put on by Wisconsin before supplying the engine to Bolens to put on their tractors? But I've never seen any stickers like that on the engine of any other Bolens tractor either. Maybe it was a spare engine bought directly from Wisconsin or else a replacement engine if the original one blew up while Wisconsin and/or Bolens were still in business?

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 08:26 AM

What a nice surprise. I'll be looking for the build thread.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 08:58 AM

I'm wondering about that sticker too. Got a motor out of a 1050 that has that same sticker, going to be putting it in my 1000 when it gets restored.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 10:09 AM

I've never seen the sticker before, and I cant believe is still there if it was put on at the factory or the dealer because the i.d. plate just above it is in very bad shape. Its in such bad shape that I can barely make out the numbers on it, but the sticker looks nice.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 10:18 AM

My dad actually has many off these steel barrels with the metal tops. The metal top has a huge o-ring seal on it and then it clamps on with a big band and a bolt. He then sets them on a plastic or wood pallet under a tree and throws a cheap tarp around them all. Everything came out in great shape,with no corrosion issues... It was like a bolens treasure chest!

:thumbs: Congrats to you and Dad on this :thumbs: but what all else has been preserved in these 'many barrels' :confuse:

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 10:48 AM

That is awesome. What is more fun than a barrel of Bolens? :rolling:

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 11:21 AM

Tractor in a can, that is great!

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 12:09 PM

:thumbs: Congrats to you and Dad on this :thumbs: but what all else has been preserved in these 'many barrels' :confuse:

My dads has random stuff in the other barrels, He had some golf cart parts, tires and wheels, tractor parts, car parts. Just about anything. I think he has 6 total, now 5 because I emptied out the bolens.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 05:41 PM

How I envy you mate. Opening presents before x mas! this whole barrel thing is the coolest story :rocker:

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 06:01 PM

And I was thinking this!

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I think the sticker is a dealer sticker....
Bolens got the engines and painted them there color so it could be factory to.....

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 09:17 PM

I'm guessing these Warranty stickers were put on by some dealers (Not all)
I have one on my 66' 1050.

Do you know if the tractor came from Lewis tractor and mower shop in Orchard Park?

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 09:31 PM

I have no Idea where the tractor came from. My dad bought it just for the rearend. His 1050 was clicking/grinding so he swapped the whole rearend out and then disassembled the rest of the machine and placed it into a barrel. I can tell you one thing after tonight. My warranty is up on that motor, I tried to fire it, and I have no spark. I cleaned and adjusted the points, then I removed the flywheel and cleaned the coil and flywheel magnets, and still no spark. So I stopped messing with it and went back to working on my mutt(or frankenstien) bolens. ALOT of progress on that. Im thinking Im gonna have to start a build thread soon!
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