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#1 quickstrt OFFLINE  

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 06:45 PM

Hello all, I am a new member here and just wanted to show you my new project I picked up today.  I had posted last night asking about parts availability for the TRA-10D, so this would be my second post.  I got this 1968? 1050 and cant wait to get started in the restoration of it.  It is mostly complete and only missing a few little things.  The previous owner said it quit running on him and he thought it had lost compression.  I pulled the plug out and cranked it over, and it would blow my thumb off the spark plug hole as I cranked it over.  Seems as if this should be enough compression to run.  It was flooding out and not even popping...not sure why, it does have a good spark.  Tomorrow, I guess I will start by checking the valves.  If you guys have any suggestions on what I might be missing, let me know, I am so anxious to get her going as this is my first antique garden tractor and I want to get her rolling.


Anyway, here are some pics,  and yes, the colors are all wrong, but the old stuff will have to come off anyway.  My goal is to get everything as close to original as possible.  I also got the snow blower and mower deck in the deal, so I will make good use of this little tractor too.Bolens 001.JPG Bolens 002.JPG Bolens 006.JPG

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 07:02 PM

Besides the bad paint job it looks like a nice complete machine.



Check your points to see if they need cleaning or adjustment. Point gap is .020

The serial number of the engine can help determine the year.


Good luck with your project, if you have any questions ask away! We are here to help :thumbs:

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 07:04 PM

Looks like a very good tractor to restore.


Good to see your pics.

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 07:06 PM

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 07:07 PM

Looks like a good one to start with.The Bolens guys here will get you up and running in no time


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 07:30 PM

I had to look thrice when I saw the pics as that's pretty much the same darknight look my 650 came to me with...It also seems better off than you first thought and thats a good thing. Take your time and hurry up, when you do get her up and running well, I'll probably be able to hear your happy shoutin down here! :D

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 07:45 PM

Welcome to gttalk!
If you have compression and spark, than what your missing is fuel or timing.

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 08:10 PM

:welcome: to GTTalk.

If she's flooding out, it probably isn't valves.  I would be more apt to be suspect of float sticking and it flooding that way.


Any ways, please keep us up to speed and thanks for taking th time to intro yourself.

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 08:43 PM

Welcome to the forum!


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 08:52 PM

Welcome to the forum! It will be good to see the progress you make with that tractor.

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 09:49 PM

Hello there and welcome :wave:

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Posted September 01, 2013 - 05:42 AM

Welcome to GTTalk. Congrats on the 1050. The black doesn't look all that bad but the factory colors would be nicer. It looks like a brand new set of chains on the back.

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Posted September 01, 2013 - 08:13 AM

Welcome to GTT. Nice tractor. You will find that it is very heavy and powerful. Download the manuals, three free per day, from our Manuals section. Do all the owners manual servicing before you try to start it. If there is water in the oil, you could damage something if you leave it in. The flooding probably is a stuck float in the carb. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted September 01, 2013 - 12:06 PM

Looks like you have a nice base for your restoration project.  As Rick said change out all your fluids & filter(s) before attempting to start.   You picked a good time to start with summer winding down that will be a good winter project.


Welcome to GTtalk and looking forward to your restoration thread. 

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