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#1 mike732 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 30, 2014 - 01:41 PM

Hi,

      I am in the process of restoring a Bolens 2030 Rear Engined Rider, circa 1988.

 

But the deck was very badly rusted:

 

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First thing was to secure the deck otherwise I would loose all reference points and it would be very difficult to line up the rusted center part

 

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Four bars bolted to the inner and outer deck keep everything tight, in place and add strength to a very weak deck

 

Next was to de-rust, but I removed the center bearing housing as I did not want to contaminate the bearing or housing with the rust removing process

 

I used a commercial product which is phosphoric and hydrochloric acid, gloves, apron and goggles needed as this stuff stings bare skin

 

Here is the finished de-rust, I was going to build a bath to dip it but it works just as well on a bench just need to keep it wet while it works.

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And here is the deck ready for hosing off with water, then ready to begin welding up

 

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I'll post some more pictures of the welding in a day or so, I'm hoping for a good result


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 02:17 PM

Wow, That deck is really rusted  out. Good Luck on Fab'ing a new one.


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 05:57 PM

That was a special edition deck.  The high air flow version, right?  Wasn't that what those ventilation holes were for?

 

Ben W.


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 06:21 PM

Mike, I do believe that is the worst cancer eaten deck I have ever seen someone take on restoring!  Hope it goes well!


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 06:45 PM

Best of luck getting that back usable! Think you are on the right path, though.


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 07:09 PM

Looks like one I had.

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Posted April 30, 2014 - 07:12 PM

Looks like one I had.

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Did ya restore that one Doug????????   :smilewink:


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 07:27 PM

That will buff right out!!

 

Post up pictures of the process if you restore it!   :yeah_that:


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 09:06 PM

you really are an optimist, or you have to much time on your hands


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 09:20 PM

Wow, you got alot of work ahead of you!


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Posted April 30, 2014 - 09:51 PM

Looking forward to watching your progress!!

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 06:27 AM

I have some like that. Good luck on fabbing it back into shape.
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Posted May 01, 2014 - 03:22 PM

Started the rebuild today, rain held me up for most of the morning, I used the time to find all the tools I'd need, the only metal I had was a piece, nearly as badly rusted as the Deck! But i'm sure it will clean up!

 

First was to cut out the bad rust, going back as far as needed, to get into good original thick metal, I did this by drawing lines around the area and cutting away the bad rust:

 

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Then simply cutting a piece to fit and clamping into place prior to welding up

 

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Hit a problem here as my Mig welder was not able to bridge the small gap without causing holes, (or is it me) no amount of adjustment would help, and my welding was poor (lack of practice)

 

On the next panel I cut away the bad as before but this time measured round a piece of card held underneath the hole, careful to make a neat metal template from the card this metal patch had hardly any gap, was welded in, a much better fit (welding getting better as well)

 

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So onto the third panel, then a clean up of the area ready for primer, I do not waste time on cleaning and prep, but prefer to combine tasks, for instance I only cleaned the edges for tac welds, once the repair patch is fixed pretty solid then I can clean off the rest. I knew I would need to grind and smooth the weld so it is at this point I clean the entire area ready for Primer.

 

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So here is the result from this afternoons work!

 

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Posted May 01, 2014 - 04:36 PM

Well, you're making it look much easier than I imagined! 


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Posted May 01, 2014 - 05:01 PM

Well, you're making it look much easier than I imagined! 

See!  It's not that hard..  Just time consuming!

 

**if you have the tools helps a tad too!**

 

What size wire are you using in your welder?  Try .023" and it should weld better with less blow-thus.. 


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