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Posted December 31, 2010 - 03:34 PM

Got my replacement clutch/drive system today along with another gearbox for the deck and a tecumseh 16hp Solid State Coil....all for a measly $25.:rocker:

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Posted December 31, 2010 - 03:49 PM

Good deal.:thumbs:

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Posted December 31, 2010 - 04:30 PM

Good deal.:thumbs:


I'd say that was a good deal!

What kind of junk yard is it? Do they have all sorts of Garden tractors laying around or just Bolens?
Do you see any rare Bolens attachments there?

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Posted December 31, 2010 - 04:35 PM

What kind of junk yard is it? Do they have all sorts of Garden tractors laying around or just Bolens?
Do you see any rare Bolens attachments there?



Yes,do tell.:D

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Posted January 01, 2011 - 08:59 PM

Its a really really huge junkyard. The Place is Called EZ Pull. It is a U pull it junkyard that has over 10k cars trucks vans etc, and then has A separate small engine section with garden tractors, push mowers, snow mobiles, motorcycles, sometimes even farm equipment including a combine, I just seen a really big wheel horse up there this weekend, i took a pic of it on my phone, but it had a horizontal kohler oppossed twin, it was hydro, and had 6 lug rear wheels with 235/75/15 tires lol same size as my ranger and f150 lol. As far as tractor go they have anything and everything you pretty much need. Some things are more rare to find but usually there are a couple bolens in there. The size of this small engine section is about 2-3 acres in size lol. Lots of common mtd craftsmans and stuff but there is so much you honestly need a weekend to see it all especially if you need car parts. Heres a link to there site.....

Welcome to Joe's Used Auto Parts

as for an update on the tractor, my grandfather and I finished tearing it apart, all we had to do was drain and remove the trans and also remove the front axle, but its all done. I also tore apart the clutch/drive system that I just got, I will take some pics and post them later.....Also HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!

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Posted January 01, 2011 - 09:45 PM

Wow that junk yard is huge!

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Posted January 02, 2011 - 01:19 AM

Wow that junk yard is huge!


I have been going for years and still havent seen it all, but i dont really go to the imports side cause no one really has any or needs any, it has a classic cars section and heavy equipment section too( dozers, rigs, school buses) and that section has grown to be really huge in the past year or so. The also have whats called a motor fence and all running cars are in there. In the summer a lady driving a rigged up a/c conditioned school bus drives around the yard and serves drinks and transportation back up to the checkout because of how big this place is, and theres always 2 or 3 trucks with torch things on them too driving around so if you need a torch you just flag them down and they will do it for no charge. Also watch out for the big dozers with forks on them that carry cars lol, if you dont get out of there way they will run you the F down lol. oh and it only a $2. entry fee, which is why i go so often, I love that place lol.

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Posted January 12, 2011 - 05:24 PM

would you recommend i buy a sandblaster for my resto, i never used one but does it work for getting the grease and stuff off....If I should buy one how big...i dont have alot of money to spend all at once or nothing....but i could save up if its actually worth it...

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Posted January 12, 2011 - 07:59 PM

Instead of blasting give electrolysis a try. Its really cheap and it works!!!!

Here is a thread about the method. No more blasting for me I'm converted to electrolysis!

Garden Tractor Talk - Removing Rust with Electrolysis

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Posted January 12, 2011 - 09:10 PM

would you recommend i buy a sandblaster for my resto, i never used one but does it work for getting the grease and stuff off....If I should buy one how big...i dont have alot of money to spend all at once or nothing....but i could save up if its actually worth it...


If you go the sandblaster route you want to pressure wash as much of the grease off that you can otherwise you will waste more sand then you need to trying to blow the grease off on top of getting the paint and rust off.

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Posted January 13, 2011 - 03:31 PM

If you go the sandblaster route you want to pressure wash as much of the grease off that you can otherwise you will waste more sand then you need to trying to blow the grease off on top of getting the paint and rust off.


well, i do have a pressure washer but its in storage for the winter. i will have to read up on electrolysis

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Posted January 27, 2011 - 08:44 PM

Looks like you got that stripped down pretty good.

I love watching a restoration as it progresses.

From that previous thread I got it narrowed down to 67'-68'. The 1967-1968 1050's were extremely hard to tell apart so its really no biggie if you say its a 67 or 68.

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what year did they start the black steering wheel? 69?

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Posted January 27, 2011 - 08:45 PM

what year did they start the black steering wheel? 69?


You are correct 69'

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Posted January 27, 2011 - 09:06 PM

cant wait to see it done. when im done restoreing my wheel horse rj58 im goin to start doin my bolens 650 and 750 side by side. i will post some pic all through the process

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Posted January 28, 2011 - 04:50 AM

I would skip the sandblasting. You risk the chance of warping the tin work like I have done. It is also very aggressive, removing good metal if your not careful. Plastic shot would be better, but takes longer to remove paint and rust. I have never warped anything using plastic shot. But, everything must be dry and grease free no matter what blasting media you choose. I am really interested in the electrolysis process. I am getting tired of taking things to work to blast, so the electrolysis process is my next step. My 1225 still needs more TLC, most of which I used plastic shot on. Now I have to go get a 1050 that I think the rust moths fell in love with. The 1050 will get the electric bath so I can try the process out. Good luck on your project.




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