Thought I would post a few pictures of my bolens 1253. one is the before picture, after alot of work this is what it looked like, pretty sorry still. had 6 inch wheels on the front and some pretty bad rust on the sheet metal. Mechanically it was fairly sound at this point. I was relocating an 8x10 metal building in the before picture.
the "shiny" pictures are after a winters work and modifications. I know there are some bolens purist out there that might not like the modifications. but this was to be a tractor that would work for me to haul fire wood out of our woods. Also, given this machines shape it will never be a prize winning original. it was more a parts tractor but I didn't want to see it parted out. excuse the rim's one is filthy from an axle leak I had and the two on the front were not painted yet to match the red of the originals. those are 4 lug rims, I built a set of spindles out of old trailer hubs I had. partially because i had to, the old wheels had no bearings and damaged the spindles pretty badly, but also because I wanted a stronger front spindle. just in case. I also have a few pictures of my homemade sleeve hitch and my homemade hydraulic setup if you all would like to see. thanks.