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#1 superaben OFFLINE  

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Posted November 30, 2014 - 09:41 PM

We all know that rare is an overused word in the garden tractor hobby.  Everyone thinks what they have is rare.

 

I have news for them.  It isn't all as rare as they think.

 

However, the latest large restoration project in the Old Paths Equipment shop can properly use the word rare.  This thread is dedicated to OldBuzzard's HDT1000, from my understanding probably one of three known in the US.  The HDT1000 is a Bolens HT23 with a few upgrades.  Sitting under an extended hood is a Mitsubishi diesel engine.  Talk about some power, boys!

 

The HDT1000 was made for the European market, so it came with quite a few unique quirks and traits to allow that to happen. 

 

As always, here are the before pictures:

 

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Posted November 30, 2014 - 09:45 PM

And even more pictures!  I over pictured this tractor I believe.  The camera started clicking and pulling me around and I let it happen.

 

The hood will need some detail work.  It was not protected on the grill like some are, so it is dented, dinged and damaged.

 

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For a heavy duty engine, you need a heavy duty air filter.

 

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You can look at the rust spots and tell this guys slept outside for awhile.

 

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The cockpit:

 

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The basement:

 

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Dave's three point hitch hookup.  What a way to make a great tractor better!

 

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The power house:

 

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All the wiring connections on the alternator are a little sad.  They disintegrated in my hand.  I think we have gotten hot up there. 

 

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Posted November 30, 2014 - 09:49 PM

The exhaust system sticks out a ways.  That is due for a redesign.

 

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The Mitsubishi engine comes with its own wiring setup, too:

 

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This grill and screen will be refabricated.

 

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More engine pictures.  Ever get the feeling I can't stop admiring a diesel?

 

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The steering wheel is in remarkable good shape for how everything else looks.

 

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The next couple lots of pictures were taken for the decal guys.  I guess I can share them to help fill the picture void we all feel.  :D

 

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Posted November 30, 2014 - 10:04 PM

First it was bath time.  Pressure washers are great tools.  A little degreaser in the right places revealed all sorts of things.  After that was all said and done, it was dynamite time.  That's the part where you take a couple wrenches, hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, blow torch and a good socket set and take the whole thing apart. 

 

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In the end, this is what was left.

 

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Pieces were just flying that day.  I happened to have a good Gehl excavator on the premises digging a hole in the, so it did some grunt work for me.  As in yanking transmissions and even allowing me to pick the tractor straight up and work underneath of it for a change.  :rocker2:  I love power tools. 

 

More engine detail shots:

 

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The PTO pulley still uses three belts but it also has a stepped up pulley to run the fan and alternator.

 

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Special engine isolators to keep the diesel vibration down.

 

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This was before I closed up the holes and sanded.

 

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Posted November 30, 2014 - 10:04 PM

Very cool machine,your right Ben,not many out there for sure,I'm sure all will look good when your done
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Posted November 30, 2014 - 10:07 PM

Got to see this in person as well as his 1886 forklift you resto'd ( Niiiiiiiiiice) , sure this will be just as nice , will stay tuned in watching your progess.
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Posted November 30, 2014 - 10:14 PM

Finally a couple weeks or so ago I got to throw on some primer. 

 

The valve cover is left naked so it can go to the sandblaster with the sheet metal.

 

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The poor little tractor had to sit like this for a couple weeks since we had a nasty cold snap down here. 

 

During that time, I got excited and decided to finish up destroying the hydraulic system.  The transaxle has been apart to try and decipher why the stupid two speed is so hard to shift.  I solved it, but that will remain for another post.  :wave:

 

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The hydraulic system had not been cleaned for quite some time.  The oil drained out well, but what was left behind was ugly. 

 

This is what came out of the hydraulic valve.  It poured out like some sort of cross between snot and jello.  I think the oil became vaseline from how it feels. 

 

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The vice grips are there to give you an idea of height.  This substance doesn't run like normal oil.  It just... sits there.  And grins at you. 

 

The steering bridge on this tractor had one of the lower attachment mounting ears broken off.  We found a good used one and I swapped it out.  Which necessitated pulling nearly everything but the engine off the tractor.

 

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Did you see that pretty green?

 

We're getting somewhere, folks!

 

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I think the green is turning out just excellent.  :thumbs:

 

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Posted November 30, 2014 - 10:29 PM

Looking good so far. Looks like a stout little tractor.
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Posted November 30, 2014 - 10:32 PM

Nice
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Posted November 30, 2014 - 10:42 PM

Ben did Dave give you a time line to get it done
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Posted November 30, 2014 - 10:49 PM

That's one beast of a GT! Looking good! Thanks for sharing about it and the restoration!


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Posted November 30, 2014 - 10:55 PM

Ben did Dave give you a time line to get it done

 

He should have. 

 

I thought I would be done by Thanksgiving, but that obviously hasn't happened.  :wallbanging:

 

I'm hoping to have it done by Christmas.  The little parts I can paint in the warmth, but the frame was the big hold up since it can't go where I need to go. 

 

Where we stand right now is really a waiting game:

 

~Hydraulic shop has the auxilary valve. 

~Hydraulic shop has the steel lines.  They are getting cleaned.  The auxilary lines were all screwed up with junk. 

~Radiator shop has the fuel tank and radiator.  The tank is getting sealed and the radiator is getting tested.

~Upholstery shop has the seat.  That was never one of my talents.

~The power steering unit is out for repairs

~The sheel metal and trim is getting sandblasted.

~The expanded metal gratings are getting reproduced.

~Decals are on their merry way someday.

 

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Posted December 01, 2014 - 06:32 AM

How many HP is the diesel? Why would that one be any rarer than the DGT1700 that I have with a diesel in it?


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Posted December 01, 2014 - 06:51 AM

I'm pretty sure that's the one that Dave had at the 2013 WPGTA Fall Plow Day.

If it is, that sure is a beast.

Looking forward to the progress reports Ben.


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Posted December 01, 2014 - 08:53 AM

Dang, I think I popped a woody :D :D :D

 

One thing Ben didn't mention is that suitcase weight.  He will be making a bracket so I can hang that, and maybe a couple more on the front.  That will serve two purposes.  Weight to keep the front end down while plowing/pulling, and as a bumper to protect the front end.

 

Ben found a fella that has some of those weights, but he wanted not only your 1st born son for them, but your 2nd born as well.  I think Ben is still in negotiations with him.

 

If any of you folks have/know of where some might be, I'd like 2 or 3 more of them.  They were for the Iseki/Bolens tractors and are listed as being 33# each.

 

 

 

Ben did Dave give you a time line to get it done

There is no time line. It will be done when Ben says it's done, and he can take all the time he needs.  You don't rush a craftsman.

 

How many HP is the diesel? Why would that one be any rarer than the DGT1700 that I have with a diesel in it?

The HDT1000 has a Mitsubishi K3D engine rated at 22 Hp.  The DGT1700 has a Mitsubishi L3A engine rated at 17 Hp.

 

As to total numbers produced, it may not be any 'rarer' than the DGT1700.  But since most of the HDT1000s were shipped overseas, here in the States it has to be considered rare as we only know of three of them.

 

I'm pretty sure that's the one that Dave had at the 2013 WPGTA Fall Plow Day.

If it is, that sure is a beast.

Looking forward to the progress reports Ben.

Yes sir, that would be the very one.


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