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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted April 13, 2014 - 10:38 AM

The weather was finally nice enough to get the 57' Ride-a-Matic out of hibernation, after sitting since the fall it started on the first pull :bounce: Got to love these old K series Kohlers!

 

Picked up all the fallen branches and hauled some more scrap to the pile :D

Also got new brake pads installed on her!

 

 

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Posted April 13, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Glad you got some seat time! Give the tractor an extra shot of grease for cooperating!



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Posted April 13, 2014 - 11:11 AM

Say what's that Speedex trailer doing behind it? :D  I thought you had a Bolens trailer.

 

Looks like you had some fun today! Still a bit soft around here to do yard work.



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Posted April 13, 2014 - 11:13 AM

Say what's that Speedex trailer doing behind it? :D  I thought you had a Bolens trailer.

 

Looks like you had some fun today! Still a bit soft around here to do yard work.

 

The Bolens carts were washed before they were stored for the fall, I didn't want to get them dirty :D

Its still too wet to do much around here but since its 76* today and going to be 43* in a few days I just wanted to drive a tractor! :D



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Posted April 13, 2014 - 01:04 PM

More Fun :D

 

 

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Posted April 13, 2014 - 01:30 PM

Out stretching some legs are we?



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Posted April 13, 2014 - 03:19 PM

Out stretching some legs are we?

 

No, he's riding on the roller.  :D

 

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Posted April 13, 2014 - 05:02 PM

I want one of those rollers so badly that I think I will have to make one. How wide is it?



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Posted April 13, 2014 - 05:50 PM

I want one of those rollers so badly that I think I will have to make one. How wide is it?

 

Dont know off the top of my head, I think its around 26'' to 30''



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Posted April 14, 2014 - 12:40 PM

Looks like fun.

 

Where did you get the pads? Mine are pretty well shot, and I'd like to replace them while I've got her apart.

 

Thanks,

 

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Posted April 14, 2014 - 02:42 PM

Looks like fun.

 

Where did you get the pads? Mine are pretty well shot, and I'd like to replace them while I've got her apart.

 

Thanks,

 

Bob

 

I was originally thinking about offering the pads for sale  but ran into a snag.... it appears not all the metal bands had even spaced holes and when I made some identical pads they did not line up with the OEM holes on the other band .

 

To reline them I would have to get the metal bands in to custom fit the holes, then counter sink and rivet them in.

I bought the materials in  bulk so the price should be fairly cheap :D



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Posted April 14, 2014 - 02:46 PM

Also, if you replace the pads make sure you can still move your brake rods because they will need to be brought all the way back up!

Lots of Kroil and I was able to break mine free and un thread them



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Posted April 14, 2014 - 02:50 PM

Sure looks good Doc.  I love that roller.



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Posted April 14, 2014 - 07:58 PM

I was originally thinking about offering the pads for sale  but ran into a snag.... it appears not all the metal bands had even spaced holes and when I made some identical pads they did not line up with the OEM holes on the other band .
 
To reline them I would have to get the metal bands in to custom fit the holes, then counter sink and rivet them in.
I bought the materials in  bulk so the price should be fairly cheap :D


Would you sell the lining material for two of them?

Thanks,

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Posted April 14, 2014 - 08:01 PM

Also, if you replace the pads make sure you can still move your brake rods because they will need to be brought all the way back up!
Lots of Kroil and I was able to break mine free and un thread them


That won't be a problem... The tractor is just about completely disassembled.

Now that the cats out of the bag, I guess I'll start a thread and put some pictures up. I didn't want to start a thread about the restoration and leave you guys hanging over several months while I take my time working on it. I've been slowly working on it for a month or two already. I'll take some pics tomorrow or the next day.
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