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fmc bolens 1953 garden tractor

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#1 MyBolens1053 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 17, 2013 - 11:38 AM

Hello all. Since everyone likes pictures I will start with my FMC Bolens 1053. It didn't run at first back in 2012, but, rebuilt the carb, after I figured the trouble and it ran beautifly until 3 weeks ago.

It came stock with a cutting deck. This year has been th year on breakdowns for this thing, Deck gearbox went. Rebuilt. Then the mandrels locked up. So I found a Bolens 850 with a decent cutting deck and larger snow plow than the one I bought last year for real cheap.

About 3 weeks ago I fired up the bolens to move my wood splitter and within a minute I heard metal snap and the engine go to a dead stop with a small puff of smoke. Gotta open it up here soon to see what happened.

 

Anyways, this 1053 has been fantastic at doing all of the work I needed done. Snow pushing, tilling the garden, grass cutting, log dragging, trialer pulling with a ton of wood, etc. So, I will do my best to bring this back to original life soon.

 

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Posted November 17, 2013 - 11:42 AM

Looks like good machine!

Hopefully once you dig into the engine issue it won't be too major.


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Posted November 17, 2013 - 12:05 PM

Looks to be in decent shape. Hope its a simple fix.

That plow on the Front is for a small frame Bolens.  Was it a direct fit? I think the mounting brackets are closer together compared to the tubeframes.


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#4 MyBolens1053 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 17, 2013 - 10:36 PM

Looks to be in decent shape. Hope its a simple fix.

That plow on the Front is for a small frame Bolens.  Was it a direct fit? I think the mounting brackets are closer together compared to the tubeframes.

Hi Bolens 1000,

It is from a small frame and fit inside the 'ears' on the front axle. Got it for a song. Just used 3" clevis pins and used washers/spacers to fill in the gaps to the hairpins. I now have a medium tubeframe plowblade on the front replacing this one.



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Posted November 17, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Looks like good machine!

Hopefully once you dig into the engine issue it won't be too major.

Hi Nato77,

This is a clean machine. and seemed it wasn't used much before I put it to work. Even the belts and tires were in great shape. Paint decent. Seat is like new. We'll see this week what is up with the motor.


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Posted November 21, 2013 - 09:30 PM

Well, well. Finally got to opening up the Wisconsin TRA-10D motor on this thing. The short story is a grenade went off inside the motor casing. banghead3.gif

The long version is ...

Once I was ready to to move the motor off of the frame I went to drain the oil and the nipple rigged to extend the oil drain out from the frame was cracked and bent by hand easily. So it seems that I had lost oil before it exploded. The nipple is brass.

Now, for the surprise. Get the pulley stack off and undo the casing bolts, rap the upper corner with a brass hammer to loosen the back plate, start prying the casing open and slide the back plate over the crankshaft and WHAM!!!!!

The connecting rod shattered into several pieces and scored the crank real bad.

The good news is all of the other parts look NEW. No wear and tear. All gear teeth, cam, tappets ... all look new. Even the crankshaft bearings look new.

Sorry for the fuzzy pics. Will find a better cam and take more pics.

The next step is locating another crankshaft and connecting rod and a gasket set along with starting to clean up the motor while I have it out of the tractor.

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