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#1 Oregon_Bolens OFFLINE  

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Posted March 11, 2013 - 09:07 AM

So I'm new to the lawn tractor world. Found an add on CL that was no very descriptive, just said, "old tractors for sale, need to clean up dad's place". Wasn't far from home. First tractor I saw sitting outside the barn was this Bolens 1000. At first the lady told me if I took this one, I'd have to take 9 others...for free! LOL, then her brother piped up and said $50 a piece. So, I bought this one, the others were all basket cases. I brought it home and tried cleaning it up. Also got a spare motor, blade, tiller, and mowing deck (not the correct one though).

 

I need to get a battery for it. Where is the best place to find batteries for these?

 

Checked the oil in it. It smelled like gas. I plan on dropping it and putting new oil in it. What kind of oil should I use? 30w? Is there a problem if the oil smells like gas?

 

Is red a stock color on this?

 

I would like to actually use this thing to mow my grass. Is it worth finding a good deck to mow with?

 

Thanks for any help.

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted March 11, 2013 - 09:13 AM

You can get a battery anywhere. I've had the same amount of luck from every supplier. I'm not sure on the oil type but good luck on the restore.

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Posted March 11, 2013 - 09:36 AM

Battery's can Be found anywhere, Autoparts Store or a local Lawn and Garden Dealer.

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The tractor itself looks complete, except the Fender and seat are not original.

Original Factory Colors were White Hood,Fenders & Wheel Rims, Brown (Cordovan) Frame and engine.

 

The 1000 was built in 1965 and should have the TR-10D (8.25HP) Wisconsin engine.


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 09:38 AM

I'd Drain the oil out if it smells like gas and Put in some new oil (I use 10w-30) on all mine.


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 10:05 AM

Thanks for the information, appreciate it.

 

The motor that is in the tractor is a TRA-10D, spec #: 277946.

 

The spare motor is a TR-10D, spec#: 38....(pictures cut off).

 

So I'm guessing the TRA in it is not the stock motor?


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 10:16 AM

Thanks for the information, appreciate it.

 

The motor that is in the tractor is a TRA-10D, spec #: 277946.

 

The spare motor is a TR-10D, spec#: 38....(pictures cut off).

 

So I'm guessing the TRA in it is not the stock motor?

 

The TRA-10D was not stock for the Bolens 1000. I'm guessing the previous owner swapped those engines at some point.


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 10:21 AM

Welcome to GTT. The smell of gas in the oil may indecate that the float in the carborator is sticking. Change the oil with any good 10w 30. After it has run an hour change it again with the correct weight for your summer temperatures.  You may want to clean the fuel system and check the spark before trying to start it. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 12:43 PM

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You found a great bunch of  Bolens guys here! If any questions just ask away.

As Doc stated above the rear fenders should be fiberglass not steel.


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 12:45 PM

Excited to get a battery and try and start it. I'll take your advice Rick on cleaning the fuel system and checking spark. Also put some fresh oil in it, and if it does start getting it warm to change it again. I'm hoping she runs, because I'm excited to actually use it. I only live on an acre, which we'll get her warmed up.

So the old man who owned this previously passed away last month. Hence the reason his kids were selling off the stuff on his property, they are trying to get the property clean to sell. I'm guessing he swapped the TRA-10D motor from a Bolen 1050 that is still there sitting in a pile (see picture below). He also swapped the rear fender and seat from the 1050. I'm thinking about going and getting the 1050 (free) from the property. Mine as well, the rear tires are good. Now, do I swap the hood and grill from the 1050 over and have a 1050 rather than a 1000? Too much to chew on at this point for me. I just want to hear it run.

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Posted March 11, 2013 - 01:03 PM

22NF interstate is what you want i have had mine in my 1050 since 2002 an it still turns


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 01:15 PM

I would definitely get the 1050 for extra parts, but leave the original hood on the 1000. They didn't make as many 1000s as 1050s. Just my 2 cents.


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 01:33 PM

I'll look for a 22NF interstate, thanks for the input.

My dad is going back today to pick up a Farmall from the same place. He's going to grab the 1050 for me. Now I just gotta put it somewhere where the wife can't see it...lol. She's already starting to question my hobbies. I also recently aquired at round fender JD 110, and am getting an IH Cub Cadet 582 today.
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Posted March 11, 2013 - 02:35 PM

Get one of the tractors fixed up nice for her. When she has one for her gardening she will be more understanding. The first few tractors are easy to justify with "permanently mounted" attachments. A mowing tractor, a cart pulling tractor, a plowing tractor, a tilling tractor and a show tractor.  Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 03:14 PM

welcome t gt hope you find all the help you need great bunch GT guys and lots of  knowledge anything you want to know they'll be more than willing to help'     in Christ  and on the way home  Bobby


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 05:08 PM

Welcome to the forum. Nice tractor, hope it doesn't give you too many fits making it run!


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