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Posted June 09, 2014 - 07:54 PM

One more thing, The spokes of the steering wheel are green right?

Also was the steering chain painted at the factory or was it just left "Natural"


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Posted June 09, 2014 - 08:47 PM

One more thing, The spokes of the steering wheel are green right?

Also was the steering chain painted at the factory or was it just left "Natural"

 

Yes spokes and chain were green but I'll look tomorrow to make shore I am 100%.

 

If you can push the front wheels most of the time they will start to roll its the drive in the trany thats makes it so hard.  You could make a little thing the front wheels could sit on that has casters...


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Posted June 09, 2014 - 09:39 PM

I use one of those moving dollies under the front wheels. That works fine until you pull the front wheels off.


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Posted June 11, 2014 - 06:24 PM

Looking forward to following along with you on your restoration Brian. Although I must admit, I kind of feel out of place on this Bolens thread. :smilewink:  


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Posted June 11, 2014 - 06:41 PM

Looking forward to following along with you on your restoration Brian. Although I must admit, I kind of feel out of place on this Bolens thread. :smilewink:  

 

I'm surprised you found your way here Troy! :poke:


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Posted June 11, 2014 - 06:51 PM

It wasn't easy. Every now and then I get the urge to venture on these other threads, but I try not to stay too long, just in case there is something contagious over here.  :D

 

Have fun on your project Brian, I know you'll do well.


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Posted June 13, 2014 - 09:57 PM

Finally an Update!

Got the Ridemaster almost completely stripped down.

 

The last two pictures show whats left of some decal that was above the ID tag. Anyone elver see one in that area before?

Its impossible to make out but looks to me it may have been a patent decal like on the Ride-a-Matics?

 

 

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Posted June 13, 2014 - 10:07 PM

Opened up the transmission and inspected the bearings and gears. Pulled alot of sludge out of the gearbox then flushed the gear case out, by the amount of crap in there I'd say that this transmission was never removed before.

This thing weights about 300 pounds!!!!

 

 

 

 

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Posted June 14, 2014 - 06:14 AM

The decal that was above the ID tag was a patent decal I only seen it on the newer Ridemasters.  Aaron may have one on a early tractor.   Looks just like my transmission the wax was a hard clump at th bottom. 


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Posted June 14, 2014 - 07:09 AM

Everything looks to be in great shape in there, no chipping or heavy wear on the gear teeth and that roller chain looks tight.


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Posted June 14, 2014 - 07:19 AM

Everything looks to be in great shape in there, no chipping or heavy wear on the gear teeth and that roller chain looks tight.

 

Chain was pretty loose, I'm going to get a new one since I have it apart already.

Bolens really knew how to build an indestructible transmission, 60 years old and still looks new inside!


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Posted June 14, 2014 - 02:10 PM

Doc, The gear lube looked to be in pretty good shape with no water contamination, so I would think that the bearing ought to be in as good shape as the gears are.

 

You can flat block sand that decal down just a little at a time to see what it says below the paint. That's how I did the MW Squire 6 decals with wet sanding.


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Posted June 14, 2014 - 08:22 PM

That transmission looks great inside now!

I was really impressed with the Ridemaster when I saw Jerome's collection, it's a seriously big, heavy-duty machine!
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Posted June 14, 2014 - 09:34 PM

Got most of the parts Power Washed and ready for blasting, removed the tires from the rims with one left to go. The last one is a bit crusty and is filled with calcium, should make for a fun afternoon :D

 

I also found another hidden decal today!

Its a "Timken Bearing Equipped"  That shown on Both sides of the frame , same as used on the Tubeframe transmissions.

Even found traces of the ''Ridemaster" side decals :D

 

The timken decal will be added to the kit I'm going to have made up.

 

 

I pulled the head on the Engine as well and am kind of on the fence what to do, normally when I get these engines they are original and in need of a rebuild. This one Was running great,good compression with no smoke and has been rebuilt at some point to 0.010 and even has an oversize exhaust valve.

 

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Posted June 14, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Just clean that engine up and paint her if its not broke dont fix it.

 

Did you find a yellow stripe on the frame?


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