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#1 Kfs35 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 08, 2013 - 08:50 PM

I just picked up a 1053. It came with a tiller, snow caster, mower deck, and a snow blade. It isn't currently running, but did last year. The PO had the gas tank off to clean it, so hopefully between that and cleaning the carb she should run. It needs a front tire and battery, too.

It's kinda rough looking, but looks like it's in good shape. It seems to be original, other than a couple of stickers. I'm pretty sure I didn't steal it, but I think I got a decent deal, considering all of the attachments.

I'll try to snap some more pictures tomorrow, all I took tonight was prior to unloading.


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Posted April 08, 2013 - 10:43 PM

Congratulations. That is a nice set. Check our manuals section for the manuals. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted April 08, 2013 - 11:42 PM

Sweet !!!!



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Posted April 09, 2013 - 04:48 AM

Congrats on the New Tractor!



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Posted April 09, 2013 - 06:11 AM

Looks good so far!

 

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 08:08 AM

Nice to see another one in good hands !! Are you going to get it running and use it as is ? Or are you going to bring it back to its former glory ?

I've got two tube frames, and they are heavy duty tractors. Actually they are my 11 Y/O sons. Mine are all large frames.

Good luck with it.

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 08:45 AM

congrads on 1053 i got one last year non running  in the process of restoring  it  its posted on the forum good luck with yours. in Christ goodnews


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Posted April 09, 2013 - 10:04 AM

Nice to see another one in good hands !! Are you going to get it running and use it as is ? Or are you going to bring it back to its former glory ?
I've got two tube frames, and they are heavy duty tractors. Actually they are my 11 Y/O sons. Mine are all large frames.
Good luck with it.


Thanks.

I'm planning on getting it running and using it to get my garden in this spring. I plan on doing a restoration someday, but think the Rideamatic is in front of this one for that treatment.

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Posted April 09, 2013 - 11:11 AM

I always like getting them running and in good working condition, then worry about restoring. We restored dad's 1053 right off the get go without making sure everything was as good as possible mechanically. Once it was all back together I realized the clutch needed some work. We got it working pretty good now but it was our first one that we tried to restore. Actually our only one. Rest have all been put to work.


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Posted April 09, 2013 - 11:35 AM

Bob, I hope it gets running for you quickly.  That is a really nice package.  I like all the accessories possible.  Congratulations.


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Posted April 12, 2013 - 07:22 PM

Well, today I got it running. I put a carburetor kit in it, a battery and a starter/generator belt on, and it fired right up!!! I think it started on the first compression stroke.

I changed the engine oil, and the oil in the transmission/rear axle. I still need to get a front tire, but I drove it from the garage to the shop on the flat.

I am having problems getting the tiller shaft off the PTO, it seems seized on. I soaked it good with Kroil so hopefully that will work.

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Posted April 12, 2013 - 08:07 PM

Seems like a good package deal, Congrats! :thumbs: Nice that it's up and running too.


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Posted April 12, 2013 - 08:20 PM

Nice Bolens and truck! :beerchug:


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Posted April 13, 2013 - 07:34 AM

Looks like its got potential :thumbs:

As for the tiller, Did you check near the PTO to see if the Special cotter pin is broke off or or still installed?


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Posted April 14, 2013 - 08:03 AM

Looks like its got potential :thumbs:
As for the tiller, Did you check near the PTO to see if the Special cotter pin is broke off or or still installed?


Well, I didn't see anyplace to put the special cotter pin in the tiller shaft. I thought I looked it over pretty good. I can see on the shaft for the mower/snowblower where the pin would be installed, but don't see anywhere on the tiller. I guess it could be broken off.

What does a special cotter pin look like? I saw it referenced in the parts manual, but haven't seen one.

The freewheeling pin was pulled, and also frozen so I was trying to the the tiller off so I could get to it. Then when I couldn't get the shaft off the PTO, I just worked a hammer in and managed to drive the pin in. Of course, now I can't pull it out, but I sluiced it good with Kroil, so hopefully when I get back home I can get it moving.





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