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#1 Bolens 1000 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 11, 2015 - 06:53 PM

After going to an auction in Sept. and picking up a Wisconsin engine for $22 that turned out to be a great runner, I got some inspiration to get my Grandfathers 900 back to life and in operating condition, this one he originally bought in the 80's for $100 at a garage sale!

 

This one never had a brake drum on the driveshaft so there was usually alot of trouble and aggravation shifting as the driveshaft would not always stop when you depressed the clutch petal, because of this in 2009 I decided to take the engine out and restore my 800 which had the new brake system, that left the 900 without an engine so I ended up breaking it down and storing it in boxes in the garage.

It wont be painted or anything but will just be brought back to operating condition and I'm adding the necessary parts for the brake drum assembly.

 

Right now its just a bare frame ,  got the trans seals replaced today , pictures to follow but here's a last pic of when it ran in 2009

 

 

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Posted October 11, 2015 - 07:24 PM

Your Grandfather would want it to be used.I'm glad your fixing what needed fixed and are putting it together.I would not paint it either.


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Posted October 11, 2015 - 07:27 PM

Yeah, pay no attention to the paint job..... I painted this 900 when I was about 10 years old , definitely some overspray and poor painting skills back then!  :D


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Posted October 11, 2015 - 07:52 PM

I have my grandfathers and dads 1050's. They will always be in the family. Great to see you bringing the 900 back to life! Is that the stock 900 seat? It looks like the seat that can never be found on the 1000's???

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Posted October 11, 2015 - 08:16 PM

It looks like a decent 900, in better shape than mine!

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Posted October 11, 2015 - 08:24 PM

Here is the one I finished a few months ago. I have 38" deck and a snow thrower for it.

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Posted October 11, 2015 - 09:53 PM

The 900 and the 1000 had different seats,but both are about impossible to find in good shape
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Posted October 11, 2015 - 10:50 PM

Wow! It's been sitting for a while just waiting but will be nice to get it up and going.

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Posted October 12, 2015 - 08:05 AM

007.JPG Brian  was the engine block originally red on these?  Mine is brown? Also the steering wheel 3 spokes  are they brown or the white cream color?


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Posted October 12, 2015 - 08:08 AM

I have my grandfathers and dads 1050's. They will always be in the family. Great to see you bringing the 900 back to life! Is that the stock 900 seat? It looks like the seat that can never be found on the 1000's???

 

Yep, they had a round seat , the 1000 had a different seat. The 900 and 1000 had unique seats that were never used on any other models


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Posted October 12, 2015 - 08:10 AM

Brian  was the engine block originally red on these?  Mine is brown? Also the steering wheel 3 spokes  are they brown or the white cream color?

 

Engine would have been painted the same color as the frame, the steering wheel is white all around


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Posted October 12, 2015 - 05:49 PM

Looks like a good project Brian! Can't wait to see it all done and running again!



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Posted October 12, 2015 - 07:10 PM

Got  it to a rolling chassis today

 

Replaced the brake pad, and clutch petal bushing and did the rear axle end play today.

 

Also had the 800 out today to mow so took a picture of that as well

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Posted October 18, 2015 - 01:17 PM

More progress today!

 

I also found a method of bringing back the faded and dirty throttle housings as well!

Got to thinking today and figured why not soak them in bleach? So degreased them first then dropped them into the sink with straight bleach and went off to cut the throttle cables, after 20 minutes I took some steel wool to them and the dirt came right off with some scrubbing, I let them soak again and more dirt came off, bleach was black when I was done and here's the before and after

 

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Got basically everything together on the tractor , Luckily Rick had the necessary parts for me to recreate the brake kit for the drive shaft, including a nice new brake drum Thanks Rick!

 

So far I have replaced the axle seals, clutch petal bushing, muffler elbow, ignition switch and belts. The goal is to get it operating again and will probably eventually restore it someday, brought back some good memories of when I was a kid being at my grandfathers and mowing with this one.

 

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Posted October 18, 2015 - 01:42 PM

Good work! These 900's are nice tractors - I'm in the same positions as you with the brake drum missing, I actually stopped using the tractor because of this. I'm afraid to take the transmission cover off to look at the gears.

Do you have a trick to remove these old rusted exhaust elbows without breaking them?

Edited by chubien, October 18, 2015 - 01:42 PM.

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