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#61 blackjackjakexxix ONLINE  

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Posted March 01, 2016 - 10:55 PM

The Throttle assemblies were not painted at the factory, they were white originally
I had some pretty bad ones I soaked in bleach and scrubbed they look almost new.


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I tried cleaning them up with no luck,so I figured if I painted them they would look a lot better than all the stains and discoloring,I read your post about the bleach,but no luck
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Posted March 04, 2016 - 06:09 PM

Got some more done today,started putting some more of the tractor back together,also got some of the decals on,got some engine parts cleaned,sanded and ready to prime,that should happen tomorrow,will post some more pics then

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Posted March 04, 2016 - 07:18 PM

Looking great buddy, You need that guy who has your hood to get busy , I heard he had his three best guys on it also.... just saying :)

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Posted March 04, 2016 - 07:35 PM

Starting to look like a tractor again - looks great. 


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 03:58 PM

Got the engine and engine parts in primer today,hoping to pick up a Large Frame tomorrow,so not sure if finish coat will get done tomorrow,if not maybe Monday

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Posted March 07, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Got the engine and engine parts painted today,now just have to it all back together

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Posted March 07, 2016 - 01:59 PM

Looking good!
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Posted March 07, 2016 - 05:06 PM

The more I see that color the more tempted I am to paint the "brown" on my 1250 (197-01) that same color, even if I cannot prove that it is correct.
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Posted March 07, 2016 - 05:30 PM

Nice job you're doing, can't wait to bring you mine.
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Posted March 07, 2016 - 09:11 PM

Nice job! It's going to be one new machine.

Thanks for posting all the updates.
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Posted March 15, 2016 - 06:17 PM

Got the engine back together today,looks like I got the magneto working right also,they had it disconnected and a newer coil style set up in use,I got good spark now so it should fire up

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Posted March 15, 2016 - 06:31 PM

Looking good

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Posted March 15, 2016 - 06:47 PM

Well they finished their food and got off the hood ( see my previous post here) the metal man stepped up and got after Ricks hood , a session in the blast cabinet then on to the (what turned out to be) troublesome corners. The PO had attempted to fix them via the SMAW process but the porosity and slag inclusion rendered what weld was there weak and extremely unattractive . I've seem the corners cracked at the seam on this style hood several times so I'm guessing it's a stress point. The two pieces joined with a flange that one piece slips over and into the other leaving a line/groove on the outside (for all to see) and needed to reappear after welding the joint together, it was a bit of a challenge because once you cut the groove deep enough to match, you are through your weld. Here is my attempt at the repair

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Posted March 15, 2016 - 06:55 PM

I can see how tractors like the Bolens 1000 with that brown metallic paint were attractive eye candy to a consumer wanting to have a "lawn tractor" that would do more than cut grass rather than a riding mower .  Detroit was starting into the era of the muscle car and while they appealed to the younger male population the married and slightly older part of that generation was looking for an easier and "fun" way to work the garden, cut the grass, and clean up the yard.  Bolens and other makers of garden and leisure equipment must have done some research to see what colours would attract a buying public with a little extra cash in the bank - it must have been a tough decision to chose a tractor brand and lay down what at that time would be a fair bit of hard earned money but at the same time a sense of accomplishment to know you had just kept up or one upped the neighbour next door.  To compete with the farm tractor companies such as Massey Ferguson, John Deere, etc which pretty much stuck with there tried and true farm colours Bolens chose multiple colours (brown, white, red) in a well laid out arrangement to catch the eye of a consumer being bombarded with an ever changing range of new products such as colour TV's, dish washers, clothes dryers etc. to spend their money on.


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Posted March 20, 2016 - 06:20 PM

Engine back on the tractor and she runs again,need to thank Brian (Bolens1000) for his input on the magento problem,the Fair Banks didn't appear to be working when I got the tractor,they had changed it over to the newer style with the external coil,I really wanted to put it back correct,I had a Wico set up and questioned Brian about using it,he said all would be good as long as I used both the coil and flywheel together,really runs good,Kevin (WrenchinOnIt) told me today he has the hood repair done,will get it back tomorrow or Tuesday,so hoping to get the rear fender pan and it in paint this week,Thanks to both of you guys !!!!!

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