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#1 Dutchie32 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 22, 2014 - 10:55 AM

I have a bolens tractor that has been all painted red by previous owner and hard to find any serial number or anything to find out what it is...I thought it was maybe an 850 but the high low gear lever is located on the right side and the 850s I've seen dont have it on the right.  It has an 8hp wisconsin and I would love to know what model and approximate year it is...please help me out!

 

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Posted April 22, 2014 - 11:29 AM

Bolens?  it says GMC right there on the hood :poke:  :poke:  :D

 

Seriously, I can't help.

Can you make out any of the numbers on the motor?



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Posted April 22, 2014 - 11:33 AM

Looks like you have a transplanted 8 hp (S8-D only found in 850 and 900 models) on a 6 gear tube frame (models 1000 and above with 10 hp or larger in them).

 

1000, 1050, 1053, 1054, ...... All gear; 6 speed w/transaxle
1220, 1253, 1254,                  & controlled differential; built
1255 (G12) 1453 (G14)          in high/low range

 

 

800, 850, 900 ............... All gear; 3 speed w/transaxle
& controlled differential (console
mounted belt changer
lever for high/low range)

 

 

853 ........................ All gear; 3 speed w/transaxle
(console mounted belt changer
lever for high/low range)

 

 

600, 650, 750, 855 (G9) ...... All gear; 3 speed w/transaxle
1055 (G10), 1155 (G11)        (manual belt change for high/
                                              low range)


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Posted April 22, 2014 - 11:55 AM

Well, it appears you have a somewhat of a  "Frankenstein" tractor.

 

Assuming the steering wheel,fenders & decals are original I would say you have a 1054

The 1054 should have a 10HP TRA-10 Wisconsin engine.


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Posted April 22, 2014 - 12:26 PM

So the 1054's had the high low lever on the right side?  It has as you can see the shifter in the middle and then has parking brake and pto lever to the left and high low lever to the right.  Has the locking diff on the left wheel and the free wheel pin on the right.  So no 8hp ones had the lever on the right I guess?  Well either way it runs well!  Just wanted to know model etc for parts or whatever else I may need!


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Posted April 22, 2014 - 02:48 PM

From what I can tell it is mainly a 1054 with a different engine thats all.

A parts list from a 1050 or 1054 would work for you .


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Posted April 22, 2014 - 07:45 PM

Looks like you have a transplanted 8 hp (S8-D only found in 850 and 900 models) ...

 

The S-8D was also used in the '64 and '65 800.


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Posted April 24, 2014 - 06:43 AM

I found the serial number under the paint on the motor and it says TRA-10D so maybe its the right motor but the motor itself has a plastic 8 on it...so still a bit confused! 

 

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Posted April 24, 2014 - 07:07 AM

I found the serial number under the paint on the motor and it says TRA-10D so maybe its the right motor but the motor itself has a plastic 8 on it...so still a bit confused! 

 

Thanks guys!

 

There was no plastic on these engines, someone must have put a number on it.....


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Posted April 27, 2014 - 08:52 PM

I found the serial number under the paint on the motor and it says TRA-10D so maybe its the right motor but the motor itself has a plastic 8 on it...so still a bit confused! 

 

Thanks guys!

So you have a 10 hp Wisconsin TRA-10D that is suppose to be on that tractor. That makes that tractor a 1054 for sure.



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Posted April 28, 2014 - 07:54 AM

Please refresh my memory!

 

What were the differences between the 1970 model 1053 and the 1971 model 1054 tractors?



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Posted April 28, 2014 - 11:51 AM

Funny what folks will do to a tractor over the span of almost 50 years.



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Posted April 28, 2014 - 05:40 PM

Ya pretty interesting! I think it's a 1054 but no serial on the tractor and I suppose it could be a 1050 but unsure of the exact differences

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Posted April 28, 2014 - 05:45 PM

You got a 1054 with the wrong engine like Bolens 1000 said.



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Posted April 28, 2014 - 06:35 PM

Please refresh my memory!

 

What were the differences between the 1970 model 1053 and the 1971 model 1054 tractors?

 

Basically the only differences were years , Decals and Sheet Metal

 

1053 had the big "Wrap around" fenders

 

1054 used a different seat and "1050" style fenders with the new wood grain dash decal and Husky Dog Emblem.

 

Ya pretty interesting! I think it's a 1054 but no serial on the tractor and I suppose it could be a 1050 but unsure of the exact differences

 

I say its 90% a 1054

 

You got a 1054 with the wrong engine like Bolens 1000 said.

 

The engine appears original and would be correct for a 1054.


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