I joined the site a couple days ago to get some help on my Bolens 1054. After getting the issue diagnosed by the Gurus on the Bolens forum, I have had a little time to check out the rest of the site. A lot of really good info and links all over the place. The photo gallery has re-kindled my interest in getting a project under way.
A couple years ago I lucked into an old classic,(in my opinion). I saw a little Simplicity sitting all forlorn looking along side the road, in someones yard, with a dilapidated cardboard For Sale sign beside it. As things sometimes go, I put off stopping in because I figured they'd want more than I could afford. Finally I realized the lady of the house worked at the huge hardware store we have here in Hartville. So, when I was checking out one day I asked her how much they were asking for that old junky tractor sitting, cluttering up her nice yard. She said, "Give me $35 and you can have that old thing". Seems her hubby had burned up the motor and tore it down with the thought of rebuilding it. Then it sat of r a couple years.
I got his phone number from her and stopped in to get a closer look at it. The deck was in good shape and the transmission seemed tight shifting through all the gears. I figured for $35 I couldn't lose. I brought her home with high expectations that my 11 year old son would have interest in helping me restore it. He likes the idea of driving it around, but has no interest in mowing or helping me restore it. So, its been a year and a half and there it sits.
In the mean time, I sold a crappy ATV I had and bought the Bolens. After I got it home I found a few flaws that I hadn't seen and realized I over paid for it. I fixed up a couple things and got her to where she would run and function. Then I got a call from a guy who had a 7114 with the deck and snow blade. He had been asking $350 for it and it had a few issues. He was desperate for some cash and said he'd take $200, I didn't turn him down.
So with those two running I just haven't felt interested in getting into the Broadmore. After seeing all the photos of some of the amazing tractors on here I feel like tackling it now.
So, I have this 728 Broadmore with all good sheet metal, decent tires that all hold air, the engine is in pieces in a box, a mower deck in a little rusty but otherwise good condition. I found another motor that runs but it's a 10 horse.
Now the questions:
1. How to strip the old paint and surface rust without access to a sand blaster?
2. Do I rebuild the old engine or use the 10 horse I found? (I don't have much experience with this kind of thing, nor do I have the proper tools, although I have a brother that probably does.)
3. Many more questions to come I'm sure
4. I know, I know, you want pictures. I'll try to do that today.
Edited by Simpleton, February 05, 2015 - 07:54 AM.