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#46 Nato77 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 14, 2014 - 11:18 PM

If your not going to work the tractor I'm with Jerome just clean and paint it.

Looks like you've been busy. Do you do your own blasting?
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Posted June 15, 2014 - 07:53 AM

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

 

Did you find a yellow stripe on the frame?

 

Where about should I look?

 

If your not going to work the tractor I'm with Jerome just clean and paint it.

Looks like you've been busy. Do you do your own blasting?

 

The purist in me is saying take the engine apart and do it the right way :D

I have a friend that sandblasts for me.


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Posted June 15, 2014 - 08:26 AM

The decal over the ID tag and the two "Timpken" decals on the frame are interesting.

I don't think anyone has run into those before.   I know this is the first time that I've seen them.

So .. do you think they are factory decals or something that a previous owner put on ?

 

Maybe they were just put on the later Ridemasters.   

My unrestored 1948 Ridemaster doesn't show any indication of having those decals.


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Posted June 15, 2014 - 08:35 AM

The decal over the ID tag and the two "Timpken" decals on the frame are interesting.

I don't think anyone has run into those before.   I know this is the first time that I've seen them.

So .. do you think they are factory decals or something that a previous owner put on ?

 

Maybe they were just put on the later Ridemasters.   

My unrestored 1948 Ridemaster doesn't show any indication of having those decals.

 

You guys are the experts on these, not me :D

I've never seen another one up close before so I have no idea what these tractors had on them originally.

I'm going to say that timken decal is original as it was put on both sides , Having seen these on other Bolens equipment helps confirm that. They were cheap decals though as most on the tubeframes just peeled off .

 

This one is a 1953


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Posted June 15, 2014 - 09:06 AM

Your tractor being a R-5850 serial number it should have a stripe just like mine does.  Earlest tractor known with this decal is R-4765

 

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The decal above the  ID tag has been known for some time Aaron and I have been trying to keep a look out for how early it was used its mostly seen on the newer Ridemasters mostly 35AB02 and up. 

 

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The Timpken decals are a first for me I need to go look over some of mine to see I I can find that same decal. 


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Posted June 15, 2014 - 09:14 AM

Thanks!

Thats a great pic of the patent Decal, Should be able to reproduce that!

Can you get some better pics of the stripe?


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Posted June 15, 2014 - 06:07 PM

Your tractor being a R-5850 serial number it should have a stripe just like mine does.  Earlest tractor known with this decal is R-4765

 

The decal above the  ID tag has been known for some time Aaron and I have been trying to keep a look out for how early it was used its mostly seen on the newer Ridemasters mostly 35AB02 and up. 

 

The Timpken decals are a first for me I need to go look over some of mine to see I I can find that same decal. 

 

 

Thanks Jerome for the information on the yellow stripe and the decals.

This is the first that I've seen these items on the Ridemasters so once again, I've  learned something new about them.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 07:21 PM

Update on the decal, No apparent stripe down the side......


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Posted June 19, 2014 - 07:09 PM

No Pictures today but got a fair amount of the small parts sandblasted and primed along with a new drive chain in the transmission. Cut a gasket out and got the transmission sealed back up and primed as well. That thing is a real &^%$ to lug around!


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Posted July 04, 2014 - 07:59 AM

Not much going on here but hope to get some paint on this weekend.

Got the engine apart to find out this was completely overhauled at one point, had new .010 Crank and Rod along with .010+ piston.

I lapped the valves and cleaned out the oil pump.

Everything looks good inside so once I get the gasket set in I will seal her back up.

Figured I'd post a pic of  the new Wisconsin Goodies that are going on this engine :D

 

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Posted July 05, 2014 - 12:07 AM

That a repo muffler or nos? So do you stock those rope starter pulleys?
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Posted July 05, 2014 - 06:43 AM

Got lucky and picked up a couple NOS ones!

The carb was also NOS as well!

 

The rest of the stuff is still current production items and if Wisconsin makes it I can get it :D


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Posted July 05, 2014 - 12:46 PM

Some progress!

Got the first coat on most of the pieces today

Also  sample photos of the original Bolens paint next to my custom mix

 

 

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Posted July 05, 2014 - 05:22 PM

Those pieces look really great! You are clearly well on your way to a beautiful Ridemaster.


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Posted July 05, 2014 - 06:14 PM

Nice!
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