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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 08:25 AM

Got these for free! :dancingbanana:

Anyone know if these are salvageable.
Can you re-chrome?

I cleaned the 3 up as best I could

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 08:41 AM

Oh yeah, any good chrome shop could make those look like new.
Shouldn't cost more than $800.

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 09:09 AM

$800!!!!!!!
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Posted April 24, 2011 - 12:47 PM

Free is good. Those hubcaps may have been on a Bolens, but they are not Bolens hubcaps. Back when they were available, the ones available at your friendly Bolens dealer actually had "Bolens" stamped into them, then filled in with black. Here is a pic of one of the large (12") size from my NOS set. I did not set the others out because they are still wrapped in the original paper and in the box.

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 12:53 PM

...The ones available from your friendly Bolens dealer actually have "Bolens" staped into them, then filled in with black...


...I'll just bet that they're cheaper than $800 too! If it were me, I'd look into the faux chrome that Dan wrote the article on. Scuff them up with some 320 grit and plate them yourself! Just a thought.
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Posted April 24, 2011 - 01:14 PM

I was told $300 to replate and the pitting can be filled in with nickel

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 01:52 PM

Brian if you go to one of your local plating companies. And ask if they would through your hup caps in the next time they do some chrome and you are in no rush. Many times they will at alot cheaper cost then setting up everything just for the caps themself.
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Posted April 24, 2011 - 02:36 PM

Faux chrome sounds like a good idea.

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 02:44 PM

free is a good price lol

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 03:36 PM

Actually Bolens did have hubcaps available without the Bolens stamped into them. The older tubeframes from 1962-65 (600-1000) did not have any stampings. The newer model late 1965-1971+ had Bolens stampings. From what I can tell, neither style had part #'s on them so Brian, you can claim those as what ever you want.

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 06:35 PM

That one LPBolens has sure looks nice!

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 08:32 PM

I have the other three in the NOS set, too! And the original box with the Husky dog on it. I keep them in the house in the bottom of the china cabinet.

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 08:36 PM

Actually Bolens did have hubcaps available without the Bolens stamped into them. The older tubeframes from 1962-65 (600-1000) did not have any stampings.


I had never noticed that before, but you are correct. With no part numbers on them, though, I would suspect even Bolens was buying generic ones, and then selling those to their customers.

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Posted April 24, 2011 - 08:47 PM

Yes that is most likely the case. Im sure that what most manufactures did. Like simplicity and sears

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Posted April 25, 2011 - 05:31 AM

:ditto:
Early years had nothing stamped in them.

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