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#1 Chucknbob OFFLINE  

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Posted December 28, 2012 - 08:34 PM

Hello,

I picked up this 1254 today with a mower deck, tiller, snow blower, and blade. As you can see, it's a little rough, but solid and it runs. It does have one issue though, the steering is locked up. I plan on checking it out this weekend, but does anyone know a good place to start? I didn't know if it was a common issue or if someone had seen this issue before. Also, any info that you could share about this machine would be great, I'm new to Bolens.

Now for the eye candy!

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Edited by Chucknbob, December 28, 2012 - 08:42 PM.

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Posted December 28, 2012 - 09:03 PM

Nice My first Gt was a 1254 ! they have all kinds of power ! Also welcome to Gt-talk ! This fourm is Great check out the "manuals" section for Literature on the tractor/engine and attachments 

Cheers

Ty



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Posted December 28, 2012 - 09:11 PM

Welcome to the forum! Thanks for sharing the pictures....you got a good set up with the snowblower, tiller and mower deck.



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Posted December 28, 2012 - 09:12 PM

Also Reading your post the steering is locked under the tractor there should be a pinion and ring like gear there is a grease fitting pump some grease in there as well with the front axle i had a deere that sat and the front wheel was tight (i used a 8 foot fence post and worked it lets rethink that more like worked ME) i got it but after a few hours ! The wisconsin engines are (when running correct) are indestructible reliable engines 



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Posted December 28, 2012 - 09:13 PM

Welcome to gttalk! Before you do anything, jack up the front end and see if the wheels want to turn. If they don't, take the front spindles apart. The old grease will turn to sludge and jamb up the spindle. Only way to get it right is to dis-assemble clean and grease! Joe

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Posted December 28, 2012 - 09:48 PM

All 4 wheels turn easily, it rolls without a problem. I'll try pumping grease into it. Would heating the bushing help as well?

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Posted December 28, 2012 - 11:50 PM

Oh the fun of a great find. Congrats on your new GT. Does she have a story that goes with the pics? Welcome to GTtalk by the way. The guys here are great and very helpful. I'm a nube so I won't be of much help but I like to learn.



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Posted December 29, 2012 - 07:54 AM

:welcometogttalk:  When I'm looking to your avatar, who's Chuck and who's Bob, please?



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Posted December 29, 2012 - 08:21 AM

They're my beagles. Chuck is the one in my profile pic.

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Posted December 29, 2012 - 08:24 AM

They're my beagles. Chuck is the one in my profile pic.

That clears that up.



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Posted December 29, 2012 - 08:28 AM

All 4 wheels turn easily, it rolls without a problem. I'll try pumping grease into it. Would heating the bushing help as well?


You mean all four wheels spin easily?
But, do the front wheels turn when on the jack, off the ground?
If the spindles themselves are Siezed, you will need to dis-assemble them and clean them.
Adding grease may not work. You probably won't be able to pump grease into the joint.
But, Evan it you can, you'd just be adding good grease to the bad stuff that's already in there!

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Posted December 29, 2012 - 09:28 AM

You mean all four wheels spin easily? But, do the front wheels turn when on the jack, off the ground? If the spindles themselves are Siezed, you will need to dis-assemble them and clean them.

 

:ditto:

 

 

Looks like everything is complete and with a little work you should have a good strong tractor.

The year of the tractor would be a 1971



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Posted December 29, 2012 - 10:40 AM

Welcome to GTT. At the start of a project I like to put PB Blaster or Liquid Wrench on everything. The longer it soaks the easier things are to free up. The steering on 4 of my tube frames was frozen when I got them. PB somewhat loosened two the other two are for parts. As said above, cleaning and proper lubing will do wonders. Good Luck



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Posted December 29, 2012 - 11:38 AM

Welcome to GTT. At the start of a project I like to put PB Blaster or Liquid Wrench on everything. The longer it soaks the easier things are to free up. The steering on 4 of my tube frames was frozen when I got them. PB somewhat loosened two the other two are for parts. As said above, cleaning and proper lubing will do wonders. Good Luck

 

This is a good place to start.  Soak and resoak and resoak everything.  a 50-50 mix of automatic transmissioon fluid/acetone is a good penetrator oil too... (I learned that here on GTtalk)...  take apart, clean, new grease.  Yes there are manuals here you can find too.  Use them!

 

That is an awesome tractor with attachments!  The bolens tiller is a great one!  Nice find!

 

And welcome to GTtalk.  I am glad you joined the site.  Great bunch of folks here.  Very supportive and helpful people!  And the manuals library rocks!

 

Happy tractoring!


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Posted December 29, 2012 - 12:05 PM

FIRST   :welcometogttalk:  and the bolens family. just watch when you get one then they multiply like rabbits lol!!

 

nice,  my first was a 1254 (wish i never sold) it was givein to me by my uncle tha passed away right before last christmams who also gave me my bolens estatekeeper. there great tractors. does the steering wheel feel like it want to move?  or is it one of the front wheels wont turn.?  i woild grease the grease fittings an lube the heck out of it an it should come free.






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