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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted April 09, 2014 - 06:53 PM

I decided to restore my 53' Ridemaster this spring/summer and have a few questions before I begin gathering the remaining parts

 

 

 

1) What is the correct size steering wheel? Looks like a Ford 8n wheel?

 

2) Are those front tires time period correct?

 

3) What do the original rear tires look like? (Interested in tread style) I found some 4-12 farmall cub rims to replace the hideous trailer tires :D

 

4) Anyone have a Special Cast engine starter sheave? This one had a massive chunk taken out when I got it, of course the broken piece is long gone somewhere......

 

5) Are the seats really a brighter yellow than the rims?

 

6) Is that guy still reproducing the wisconsin ID tags?

 

7) Is there supposed to be a screen for the engine shroud & flywheel?

 

Here's some refresher pics of what she looks like :D

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Posted April 09, 2014 - 07:01 PM

Ok steering wheel is a 8n ford your correct on that one Your front tires are correct for that model new tires will need to be shaved down if purchased in that tread pattern New rear tires can be purchased the best looking ones are the Carlisle rib agri implement tire The seat should be the same color as the wheels. That model is more like a safety yellow instead of the orange/yellow You can get those engine tags but honestly they are not correct the lettering is for newer Wisconsin engines but I doubt anyone really notices this. Keep in mind originally bolens painted over the tag at the top where it says Wisconsin
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Posted April 09, 2014 - 07:01 PM

I decided to restore my 53' Ridemaster this spring/summer and have a few questions before I begin gathering the remaining parts

 

 

 

1) What is the correct size steering wheel? Looks like a Ford 8n wheel?

 

http://www.ebay.com/...3c#ht_234wt_847

 

 

2) Are those front tires time period correct?

 

I say so seems that what was used on the newer ridemaster whats the brand of them?

 

 

3) What do the original rear tires look like? (Interested in tread style) I found some 4-12 farmall cub rims to replace the hideous trailer tires :D

 

I'll see if I got a good photo.

 

4) Anyone have a Special Cast engine starter sheave? This one had a massive chunk taken out when I got it, of course the broken piece is long gone somewhere......

 

Nope...  But I do have a alum one...

 

 

5) Are the seats really a brighter yellow than the rims?

 

Same color..

 

 

6) Is that guy still reproducing the wisconsin ID tags?

 

Yes he is just email him if you got his info....

 

7) Is there supposed to be a screen for the engine shroud & flywheel?

 

No...


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Posted April 09, 2014 - 07:04 PM

Thanks figured you'd know!


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Posted April 09, 2014 - 07:14 PM

I forgot what was the serial number on that one? 


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Posted April 09, 2014 - 07:21 PM

 35AB03 

Serial # 5850


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Posted April 10, 2014 - 04:52 AM

Those are such cool looking machines... I want one...lol

Good Luck...look forward to seein this progress;)
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Posted April 10, 2014 - 05:20 AM

Next to the Handy-Ho that is another Bolens i would love, looking forwards :thumbs:


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Posted April 10, 2014 - 07:10 AM

I really want one of these machines.


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Posted June 04, 2014 - 07:28 PM

Alright, so the restoration is at a standstill because I cant get her running to take it to the garage to work on it!

 

Lost spark and now things are at a standstill until I can get the engine running again :wallbanging:

 

New set of points and condenser did not help, only thing left is the coil...... 

Anyone have any other things to check before I go buy a coil? These seem pretty simple but never had to work on one before so if anyone knows of a possible fix/ problem area that may be the cause of no spark let me know!

Kind of strange It always started in 1-2 pulls since i got it then all of a sudden no spark at all.

 

Its a Fairbanks Morse FM XD1B7



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Posted June 05, 2014 - 09:09 AM

There are photos on the internet of restored Ridemasters with the seat a lighter yellow than the wheels.

I thought that was the way they were suppose to be until I picked up this un-restored Ridemaster.

As you can see, the seat is the same color as the wheels.

 

Also I think these are the original tires and the rears are a 5-rib design.

This style tire is available from Miller tire and they have them listed on ebay sometimes.

 

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They made a flywheel screen for the Wisconsin AKS and AKN engines and I have them on my Ridemasters. 

I do not know if the Ridemasters originally had these flywheel screens or not.

 

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One of my Ridemasters lost the spark just like you are describing. 

I ended up getting another mag off ebay and replacing the original mag and it runs fine now.


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Posted June 05, 2014 - 09:33 AM

Thanks Ray, its tough on this older stuff determining what was original when most of the time they have been messed with and painted in the past.


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Posted June 05, 2014 - 09:37 AM

I see you have the nice cast iron sheave on that engine! Do you have an extra you can part with? Mine has a huge chunk missing and cant run the sickle without it .



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Posted June 05, 2014 - 10:48 AM

I see you have the nice cast iron sheave on that engine! Do you have an extra you can part with? Mine has a huge chunk missing and cant run the sickle without it .

I think I do but all my stuff is about 460 miles away, down at my sons place.

I'm planing on making a trip down there in a couple of weeks and I'll see if I can find it.


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Posted June 05, 2014 - 04:34 PM

Make sure the kill switch or the wire to it is not shorting out the mag and causing it to not fire. I've had that happen more than once on the FBM mags.


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