I have to be honest with you here. In order to be good at what you do, you have to accept the criticism that goes along with it, right? Well, I can't say that I enjoy this project much, as you took a fine tractor apart and are trying to make it something that it isn't. I realize the tractor is your's and you can do with it what you want, but I'm the type of guy who respects tractors for what they are and for what they were made to do. This Bolens appeared to be in really good shape, so much so, that most of the Bolens collectors here would have probably given their left arm for it, just so they could have one in their collection.
Most of these guys on here are going to tell you that it looks good, or you are doing a great job. That's fine and dandy, as that's their opinion. Mine? I think you destroyed a perfectly good machine, something that would have been worth more in the shape that it was in when you got it, then now after you decided to make all of the changes.
Sorry if I upset you, but I just can't watch a good Bolens get ruined.