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Posted September 27, 2015 - 02:54 PM

Earlier this summer I picked up a 1053 tractor for parts.  It still has what appears to be the original seat and a badly faded lower seat cushion assembly.  All that is left of the back cushion is the metal backing which is badly rusted.  I checked the excellent Tube Frame Article that Bolens 1000 did and found a picture of an original 1053 (borrowed it for this post - hope he doesn't mind) and it shows the seat had "BOLENS" embossed in the back cushion.  Wonder if someone still has the same seat with a decent back cushion and if so would they be kind enough to post a good picture of it as well as be able to tell me how wide and tall the "BOLENS" lettering is.  I am assuming that the padding and cover were glued onto what is left of my metal back piece and that the padding on the back piece was 1-1/2" thick as well.

 

Found this material online which appears to be similar in colour - http://www.jtsoutdoo...&scBrand=0=

 

Thanks in advance for the help.

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  • 1 Duct Taped Cover And Seat.jpg
  • 2 Seat Pan With Cushion And Cover Removed.jpg
  • 3 Inside Cover Colour At Seam.jpg
  • 4 Foam And Metal Seat Cover Shell.jpg
  • 5 Foam Still In Factory Plastic Maybe.jpg
  • 6 Foam Thickness 1.5 Inches.jpg
  • 7 Back Piece.jpg
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  • 8 Corner Badly Rusted.jpg
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  • 9 Original 1053 Picture.jpg

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 02:56 PM

Yep, thats the original one, someone should have a pic for you as they were also used on other models

 

They had a metal backing with a threaded insert if I remember correct, that was to mount the seat on the back slot with a plastic knob.


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 03:05 PM

Yep has a stud out the back with a knob,it was a just able up and down,a couple years ago I had 5 NOS ones,all gone now,stand by I think WrenchinOnIt (Kevin) has that seat on his LF
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Posted September 27, 2015 - 03:07 PM

Not exactly what you are looking for but this might help with find the right color fabric. This is the original seat one my 853.

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 06:20 PM

Like this ?

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 08:59 PM

Like this ?

 

Yes - Thank You

 

Wonder if you could measure and advise the width and height of the "BOLENS" and also the width and height of the oval around it? Wonder if you would also be so kind as to take a picture of the back side so I can see how the material is attached at the back?

 

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 09:12 PM

Sure I can. Would you like that in inches or centimeters ?
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Posted September 27, 2015 - 09:54 PM

Doesn't matter - I can work in either.  Inches is probably what it was measured in originally and I am still old school so I work with it as a force of habit.

 

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Posted September 28, 2015 - 08:17 PM

The letters o and n are 1 1/4" wide . The s is 1" wide. The rest are 1 1/8" wide. They 5/8" high. Hope this helps.

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Posted September 28, 2015 - 08:40 PM

Thanks so much for posting these - I think I can duplicate the outline around the name by sewing - not sure about the "BOLENS" letters but hope to give it a try when I get some time now that you have provided the sizes. 

 

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Posted September 30, 2015 - 07:17 PM

Decided that if I am going to try and make a cover for this seat the first thing I should do is clean up and repair the metal piece that held the back cushion as it was badly rusted along the bottom edge and the bottom corners were not round the way they should be.  As well the original nut and alignment tab were in very poor shape.  Thought about making a new piece but since it was just the bottom edge, corners and the nut and tab that needed to be fixed I decided to test my welding ability so I tacked a new edge along the bottom and built the corners out and ground them down to what I believe is the original shape.  The piece itself is still very solid but does have many rust pits and marks - since it is hidden I didn't worry about finishing it smooth - just want it to be solid, clean and slow down the rusting.  

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  • 8 Nut Removed Alignment Tab Gone.jpg
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Posted September 30, 2015 - 07:20 PM

Welded in a new 5/16" nut and alignment tab from a narrow piece of 1/8" flat steel I had lying around - gave it a good grinding and wire brushing and then I gave it a quick splash of paint.

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Posted October 03, 2015 - 07:57 PM

Got the bottom cushion pan cleaned up and painted today and started working on fixing some rust areas in the bottom of the seat pan as well as making the slot in the back a uniform size - someone put a 3/8" bolt through the bottom of the slot to hold a bracket for a rear mounted tractor utility light. 

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Posted October 05, 2015 - 07:22 PM

Got the seat pan welds ground down ,mounting plate cleaned up and both painted - not perfect but it should look ok with the bottom cushion and rear back support in position and the paint should slow down the rust deterioration. Interesting that the seat was painted black under the bottom cushion and underside and brown everywhere else - not sure if it came that way from the factory or if someone touched it up at one point under the cushion.

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Posted October 05, 2015 - 07:28 PM

And then I did a couple of experiments in some scrap black vinyl to see if I could duplicate the "BOLENS" lettering - only did the "B" and the "O" and used the same colour thread (Cardinal) as I used on the 1050 cover.  The results look promising but I will have to try and improve my sewing abilities a little better to get more even letters and straighter outlines.

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