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#1 Alberta Bolens OFFLINE  

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Posted November 09, 2013 - 09:11 PM

I have had a 1050 Bolen for about 15 years.  My brother in law gave it to me including blade, tiller, snowblower, tire chain and cart. 

 

Last month I found on KIJIJI another Bolen 1050 Which someone had started to rebuild had bad transmission. When I went to get it the po said he had another one for parts.  I bought them both for $400.  The machine with bad transmission fires right up run great has no seat or pto drive.  The second one I thought was seized.  When I got removed the generator drive belt I realized the motor would turn.  The generator was full of water rusted tight.  Used a rope to start it and it runs fairly good.  Carb needs tweaking a bit.  So now I have 2 running tractors and a third with a good start on a restore. 

 

The machine with the blade is my origianal centre one seems to have a fresh motor.  The far one i thought was siezed. 

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#2 Bolens 1000 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 09, 2013 - 09:17 PM

Nice Group of Tractors



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Posted November 09, 2013 - 10:20 PM

Nice bunch of tractors!

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Posted November 10, 2013 - 09:06 AM

You have a good looking fleet of 1050's there :thumbs:    It never hurts to have more than one.



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Posted November 10, 2013 - 11:35 AM

Nice group of bolens you have there

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Posted November 12, 2013 - 10:45 PM

I started checking out my recent purchase, what I thought was my parts Bolens seems to run pretty good.  This tractor had been sitting in a cow pasture for several years.  When I brought it home I thought the engine was seized.  So I pulled the plug put oil in the hole left it sit for a day.  I tried breaking it loose with a wrench on the nut of the generator.  No luck.  So I decided to take the cover off of the end of the engine so I could get a wrench right on the end of the crank.  When I did this the engine turned free.  I turned it over by hand a few times.  Put the old plug back in with a drop of gas. Squirted some gas in the carb.  Used a rope on the pulley.  After about 5 tries it started to fire.  A few more pulls, it really started to belch smoke and run.  So I removed the carb cleaned it up, changed the engine and gearbox oil.  A battery fresh gas in the tank using the rope it starts and runs ok.  Carb needs to be set better.  

After trying a generator from a Cub Cadet (it turns the wrong way) The tractor doesn't start worth a hoot when its turning the wrong way.  I did figure that out within a hour.  I took the generator off the Bolens with bad tranny.  

 

So this tractor starts and runs pretty well.  I was checking it out greasing it just going over closer tonight.  The steering is tight doesn't skip.  All the grease fittings took grease.  There is even grease fittings on both ends of the drag link from the steering gear to the front end.  (My original bolens does not have this.) It even has the steering wheel centre cap. Even the light work. I think this machine has less wear than my original machine. I think its still running lean.  Hoping its warm enough on the weekend that I fiddle with that, get the carb adjusted, take it to the car wash get it cleaned up good.

 

The home made blade should work just fine to.

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Posted November 12, 2013 - 11:07 PM

Very nice trio of 1050's you have there. I gotta love finding out that the seized engine was really a good runner!!



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Posted November 14, 2013 - 02:07 PM

That's a nice fleet of 1050's you have.



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Posted November 14, 2013 - 11:37 PM

I checked serial # of engine and tractors tonight.

Engine             Tractor  Year of engine

4446732          34770      1967

4446177          34779      1967

4269310          29513      1966

 

Kind of crazy I aquired two tractors 15 years apart with serial number that close.   There was a Bolens dealership within 20 miles, of where I got them from, so I guess that makes sense.  

 

I also adjusted the carb on the tractor and had it out driving around trying to push bit of snow.  It was running much better although I couldn't work it to hard as I have no tire chains on it.  I am really impressed how good of shape this tractor is in.  Only things i can seem to find is the genarator is siezed,  seat is faded worn and the paint is surface rusted on the hood.   Even after this tractor sat in the field for years we pumped the tires up and they have held air for three weeks.  I really believe this tractor has not done that much work.  This is when I really wish these things could talk.


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Posted November 15, 2013 - 02:18 AM

 This is when I really wish these things could talk.

I know what you mean. On a few of my GTs I always wondered how many hours of work they've put in as wore out as they are. I think a guy would be amazed.

 

Thats pretty cool how close the serial numbers are on them two! Now you just need to find the other six in between them.



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Posted November 16, 2013 - 10:16 PM

Put my snow blower on my new 1050 Bolens today did the neighbours driveway.  Unit works well seem to take some time to warm up in comparison to my old 1050 bolens.  Kind of a pain at the moment I have a blade on the old unit.  Only one set of tire chains so I was swamping them between units.  Bit camera vibration when running the unit.

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