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#1 Kfs35 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 16, 2014 - 08:15 PM

A couple of months ago I started taking my 58 Rideamatic apart to do a rebuild/refresh/restoration.

It's not going to be a total restoration, I don't plan on making it quite factory new. The steering was modified at some point, and a clearance notch was cut in the frame, so it can't look quite original. I'm rebuilding the engine, and plan on getting the tractor close to original.

Here is what it looked like when I started.
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It's totally disassembled now.
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The engine block is at a machine shop getting bored, and the crank turned down. I have all of the bearings and bushings out of the frame so I can remove the paint. I've been waiting for the weather to warm up before I start the paint removal so I can get everything primed and painted.

So far I haven't found anything major wrong with it. I plan on replacing all of the bearings and bushings and the drive chain. There is some wear in the lift mechanism, so I have a little fabrication/rebuilding to do there. I'm debating whether to try to repair the hood, or just make a new one, it's got some extra holes in it, and is kind of beat up. I got a set of decals from Hank Watkins to put on once it's painted.

Helpfully when I'm done, it will be ready for another 56 years of work!

I'll keep you all posted as I go.


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Posted April 16, 2014 - 08:21 PM

Neat little tractor! Looking forward to your progress updates!

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Posted April 16, 2014 - 08:29 PM

Looks like your making great progress on it!  :thumbs:



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Posted April 17, 2014 - 07:19 AM

Looking good so far!

At least now we have figured out the proper paint to use on these!



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Posted April 17, 2014 - 08:44 AM

POWER HOE HOOD AND TANK WILL FIT



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Posted April 17, 2014 - 01:40 PM

Nice to see another one being brought back to glory...  lookin forward to updates.



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Posted May 04, 2014 - 05:32 PM

Quick update:

Friday I got the engine block and crank back from the machine shop. Cylinder was bored to 2 15/16" from 2 7/8", and the rod journal was turned 0.010 under. Yesterday I spent a few hours blasting engine parts and a few other pieces I had handy.

Today I shot a coat of primer on everything I blasted yesterday. I think it looks good, and it really looks and feels like I accomplished something.

Here is what it looks like today.
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I think I'll shoot the color on the engine before I assemble it, and I realized I don't have any catalyst for it, so no color today. I used the code for color that Doc Bolens and the others came up with last year. It looks great, I found some original paint yesterday while blasting, and it looks like a perfect match.

My wife got some seat time on the 1050 today, used the tiller to turn our compost pile, and then she tilled the garden. It's much nicer having the hydraulic lift for that tiller!

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Posted May 04, 2014 - 05:34 PM

Looking good!

 

I think you will really like that green once you get everything together!


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Posted May 04, 2014 - 08:52 PM

Nice job! And, nice Bolens 1050!


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 07:56 PM

Spent some time working on the tractor today. I got the chassis/frame stripped and primed. Wire wheel on the 4 1/2" grinder took the paint and rust off pretty quickly.

I'm hoping to shoot color tomorrow. I need to start reassembly, I'm running out of places to put parts!

I think I'm going to fabricate a new hood, it's got a bunch of extra holes in it, and it's pretty dented too.

Here they are before primer.

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Hopefully I'll have more to add tomorrow.

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Posted May 18, 2014 - 06:21 PM

It's green!!!

I got the color shot on everything I had primed. I'm pretty happy with how it looks so far. Now I can start assembling some of it.

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Posted May 18, 2014 - 09:21 PM

Looks great! I can't wait to spray something that color. Now don't scratch it putting it together! :D


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Posted May 20, 2014 - 10:12 PM

Well, here are some pictures of tonight's progress. I was going to do some engine work, but forgot to get Plastigauge, so I figured I would work on the rest.

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Posted May 20, 2014 - 10:13 PM

Looks great! I can't wait to spray something that color. Now don't scratch it putting it together! :D


So, all the scratches are your fault!! :D
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Posted May 27, 2014 - 08:44 AM

Over the last few days, I've had a little time to work on it. 

 

The engine is assembled and installed on the tractor.  I really want to start it up, but have to rebuild the carburetor yet.  I still have some more parts to strip, prime and paint before final assembly.  Hopefully not too much longer... I'm definitely tired of wire wheels and blasting. :wallbanging:


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