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Parting Out Bolens Iseki , Pulled The Wheels Off Today


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#1 Don Campbell OFFLINE  

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Posted March 05, 2013 - 06:16 PM

After thinking all winter I decided not to put a single dime more into the Bolens / Iseki H1704 Tractor .

 When I found out just for a gas cap the dealer wanted $60.00 that pretty much convinced me. I pulled the wheels off it today and I will start dismantling it in the next couple of weeks to see if I can sell the engine parts , radiator , front and rear axles, etc. Today I pulled my last tractor project in the shop and started the design for the wheel adaptors to put the Bolens wheels on it. This $100.00 tractor runs excellent and has a hydrostatic transmission and a new battery. The Bolens was my worst buy in my whole life and i should not have trusted the seller when he told me the engine was good . It is what it is and I have still had a great 10 months since I bought my first garden tractor project.

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Posted March 05, 2013 - 08:42 PM

Sorry to hear that Don. We are all bound to buy the occasional clunker. You should be able to move some of the parts for that and get some of your investment back. 



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Posted March 05, 2013 - 09:31 PM

I forget....what did you pay for the Iseki?  We all get stung now & then.



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Posted March 05, 2013 - 09:56 PM

  I sure wish we lived closer together as I would love to have that machine. I've just been offered one maybe two more Kubota diesels in the 17 to 22 hp. range. It would be fun to see if I could get one of them in that tractor. Sorry for your frustration and I hope you can recoup some of your investment. 

Good luck.


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Posted March 05, 2013 - 11:53 PM

We all get stung now & then.

Boy that says it all!



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Posted March 06, 2013 - 10:45 AM

I'll sell it cheap and for someone with a little diesel engine it will make a excellent little 4x4 tractor . At least I can use the tires and rims .



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Posted March 06, 2013 - 01:45 PM

That thing must have put a real "sour" taste in your mouth.



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Posted March 06, 2013 - 03:30 PM

Sorry to hear that Don.  My Bolens Iseki was a winner from the start.  I knew the owner and knew it was well maintained.  I hope the stinging stops soon.



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Posted March 06, 2013 - 09:43 PM

Don there are some parts I would be interested in. I will PM you when I get home on Friday.

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Posted March 07, 2013 - 08:53 AM

I like all the other green tractors in the picture. even though some are not true john deere



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Posted March 07, 2013 - 11:46 AM

I paid $1,600.00 for the tractor and front blade. The blade should be worth $200.00 , the rear tires are new so the four tires and rims are worth $500.00 to me. I will be able to use the blade on another tractor . So I figure I can subtract $700.00 from the price.

 So that leaves me at a $900.00 investment to try to get back for parts.

  The engine has a lot of good parts minus the block . It shows 900 hours on the tractor . The reason it was parked was it had a broken rocker arm and the old guy never fixed it and just left it sitting outside for four years with no cover on the exhaust . Many people saw it sitting beside his barn and tried to buy it but he would never sell it. It would have been so easy to replace one broken rocker arm. Now it needs a new block or another engine. I'm going to put the whole tractor on craigslist with no wheels for $600.00 to see if someone wants to buy it all assembled first .

  Then if it doesn't sell I will start taking it apart in a couple more weeks and you can let me know about the parts you might want.



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Posted March 07, 2013 - 11:49 AM

That is pretty reasonable. It just needs a repower. Someone out there has a diesel just looking for a tractor to put it in!

 

 

 

 

Geno



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Posted March 08, 2013 - 08:43 AM

Yes, I know nothing about diesels or repowering but someone really could have a nice little heavy duty 4x4 compact tractor cheap if they have a little spare engine and some wheels. I got the wheels now mounted on my 14 hp Onan hydrostatic tractor and they look great.



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Posted March 08, 2013 - 09:44 AM

i cant wait to see pictures of your latest project and how it turns out. color doesnt matter to me you are an amazing fabricator and make awesome mini tractors. keep up the good work Don.



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Posted March 10, 2013 - 10:16 AM

I got the fenders cut out , bent and installed on the new project tractor , even mounted two lights on the rear of the fenders as I like lights, ha,ha. I am going to be more careful not to affend anyone here by not posting much . I ordered EIGHT  30 "  x 8 x 12 ag tires for another upcoming project . They should arrive next week. Everyone needs a 4x4 articulating garden tractor with duels on the front and rear.

 Unfortunately the jd 5 bottom plow did not happen this winter. Mostly because I have absolutely no room in the shop for that large project and I did not want the tractors to have to sit outside under huge snowbanks. Be sure to stop by my webpage once in a while as i will post progress pics there and no one can comment on my webpage.






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