This past summer I purchased at an auction my first Bolens. Seller said the transmission need adjustment as the Low side just quit working. Yea, right ! Got it home and it ran about 10 feet and first gear quit. Lo side did not work. So I had 2 speeds on the Hi side. Cluster gear on the input shaft was ground to nothing. Half of the first gear was gone also. Could not locate parts anywhere.
Picked up a 3 speed tractor less motor with a snow thrower for a good price. Put the 3 speed in the 1053 and had a working tractor. Snow thrower turned out OK too. Stumbled onto a guy in PA that had a 6 speed he was going to part out. He had the parts I needed in good usable condition. Got them a few days ago and put them in the transmission today. Flushed the case out good, new seals on the in and out put shafts as well as the shift rods, new oil in the case, adjusted axle end play and it is ready to go in the tractor in the morning.
While waiting for the parts to arrive a guy from NE called and he has a 1050 he would sell with no motor. How would a Bolens look, run and get along with a 10hp bright yellow Chinese motor ? ? Going to call him and make an offer on it and see what happens. He is about 150 miles one way from me so that cuts into what the tractor is worth to me.
With any luck I will have a 1053 and a 1050 both running with an extra good 3 speed transmission.
Liking these Bolens more and more all the time.