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#61 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted June 02, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Just a bit of an update.

 

Turns out that the bolster was broken.  Not unheard of for the large frames, but is IS something that he should have been aware of since it was so visible:

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Also, while the redo of the seat was a good job, I didn't mention that there were a lot of pinpricks on it.  It puzzled me for a bit when I picked it up, but  when DeepWrench mentioned it I remembered that Ben has 3 cats roaming around at his new place.  Seems like they took a liking to the seat.  Not the end of the world and they didn't go all the way through the material.  It's just a bit unsightly.
 
DeepWrench says that he has an OEM muffler and we are going replace the 'stack' with it so that it will be stock when he's finished.
 
One of our members, Sam,  was good enough to take pics and measurements of the muffler support of his HDT for us so that we won't be guessing as to what it should be.
 
Looks like things are coming together.

 

 


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Posted October 30, 2016 - 02:51 PM

Okay, after some internal debate ( me, myself) and the obvious desire to update not only Dave, but the many members who viewed the original post.Here we go

I asked Dave for anonymity initially because at the time the original 'restorer'
was a member and I'd be in the uncomfortable position of finger pointing,I told Dave my critique would be backed by pictorial facts and each could draw their own conclusion. Things have changed, individuals have moved on , personal situations have changed as well, So after an incredibly busy summer there has been some progress.

The pro's : after going over the BEAST and based on the original post of its
refurbishment , the majority of its mechanical woes were corrected
with absolute diligence and no fault workmanship.

The cons : The paint, the green (see pics) has no luster, is incredibly dirty
which neither cleaner or compound will cure. It is Rustoleum Dark
Hunter Green (only available in gloss) and neither aerosol or quart
thru the gun will match it, conferring with a professional painter &
after referring to the original post he feels the paint may of
flashed do to a cold application temperature and you can see the
depicted result ( we have chose to live with it ).

The ' White ' is not the right shade , the job on it was fine with a
nice bright shine and luster, HOWEVER the hood(as depicted) the sides
are warped do to incorrect media blasting and it may have ruined it.
Dave has an idea, Rick Show as donated a couple 'boneyard' hoods for
experimentation as to make one out of two. I took the hood to a high
end restoration facility and their best metal man couldn't get it to
stay, crown is back in the top but the sides have 'waves'
This IMO is inexcusable for a ' professional restorer ' and SUCKS!
front bolster catastrophic failure , has been replaced with a solid
used one, machined for the 7/8" axle pivot,holes drilled for fuel
pump and line, blasted ,primed,painted and installed. Today I found
the front axle spindle bearings bad, Brian (the good Doctor) has them
on their way, Bob Hill had a beaut of a OEM muffler, Sam (1967 Bolens
collector) gave support dimensions and fabrication is under way, some
edge trim on the expanded metal, a correct HD battery, Todd (Classic
Bolens) ID'd the correct PTO belts I had the missing belt guide.
The axle stops were junk, a good set of used ones have been installed
I'm moving forward.
The PS unit leaked, the repair guy tore an Oring (that'd be me) it
passed it's initial test on one of my tractors but developed a leak.
It has been repaired and repainted it was at no charge until it was
up and running under operating conditions, so I feel somewhat better.
Thou Dave tried to pay upon receipt, I'm not a pro or in the biz so
it is my steadfast rule.

In closing for this entry the final push to get this to Dave from Ben fell short of his expectations, I won't again ' critique' the man's work on it. Items such as the wiring harness laying on the exhaust manifold due to incorrect routing (pic) won't see print again, only positive presentation of progress and pics. But as a relatively tight knit community perhaps one failure should not a reputation make...unless your on the receiving end.... Pics :

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Edited by WrenchinOnIt, November 01, 2016 - 07:24 PM.

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Posted October 30, 2016 - 07:33 PM

Great work, Kevin! It's wonderful that you have taken it upon yourself to make things right and address/fix things that were overlooked. Talk about a great friend. Pretty cool that you'll be able to now say that you've worked on and had an HDT1000 in your garage! That alone would be worth it. Not many people in our community can say that. I also think it's great so many here have stepped in to help out one way or the other as they can; that's really cool to see and part of what our hobby is about. Bravo, guys! :thumbs:  :thumbs:

 

Your explanation now makes sense about what happened to the hood. Not to rub dirt in the womb by any means (definitely not my intention), but that is a dire shame seeing as that it is not a standard hood that can easily be replaced with one off any other LF. I like Dave's idea about making two hoods out of one, he's on the right track and it's more than possible to do. With some effort and ingenuity, it will turn out to be like a factory made piece in the end.

 

Also, good for you, Dave, for keeping your head up. It was an unfortunate and I'm sure stressful situation that would not have been an easy thing to deal with on many fronts. On the bright side, you still have a very sought after machine, an HDT1000, that currently is well on its way to being something you're really going to be proud of thanks to one of the most devoted Bolens aficionados in our club. Things will be OK and heck after all this is over, you'll have quite the story to tell which only adds to the conversation on an already unique machine.

 

Thanks for the update and keep us posted on the great progress. Maybe one day I will be fortunate enough to see this guy in person. :thumbs:    


Edited by Austen, October 30, 2016 - 07:38 PM.

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Posted October 30, 2016 - 08:56 PM

Glad to see things are being done right. 


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Posted November 01, 2016 - 08:50 AM

Truely amazing!

Hats off to all involved for stepping up to the plate, and getting this tractor corrected. You are the people that represent America's true heart, and soul. Bravo!!!!!

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Posted November 02, 2016 - 03:30 PM

Finished fabbing up the muffler support ,some.075 wall by 3/4" tube and some flat stock, shook hands with big blue, then ran it and the muffler thru the blast cabinet, primed , painted and installed.

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Posted November 02, 2016 - 03:33 PM

Looking really good;)
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Posted November 02, 2016 - 04:00 PM

I'm so glad to see this finally coming together properly. The muffler looks great and the new support looks good too. I know that this project is in very capable hands and I look forward to seeing the finished product. Damn shame about the hood. Hopefully something will work out to get it back into proper shape.
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Posted November 02, 2016 - 05:04 PM

Great work! Quite the shop you have there, You wanna build a hot rod next?? :smilewink:


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Posted November 02, 2016 - 10:32 PM

Really great work!

I am kind of surprised that Bolens would have firmly supported the front of the muffler at the outlet when the inlet is attached to an engine that is mounted on rubber and can therefore move around a bit. seems like maybe that is asking for something to fatigue crack.
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Posted November 03, 2016 - 07:01 AM

Really great work!I am kind of surprised that Bolens would have firmly supported the front of the muffler at the outlet when the inlet is attached to an engine that is mounted on rubber and can therefore move around a bit. seems like maybe that is asking for something to fatigue crack.


Doug, totally agree , but that's what they did.If you look at the parts break down O.B. downloaded in the manual section you'll see it , maybe O.B. can post the pics of Sam's original that we based it on. Unlike our HT20D's this thing is as smooth as glass start, idle and run and while they call them rubber mounts I'd say more like an isolator, it is a very hard material.
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Posted November 03, 2016 - 07:39 AM

I don't think that the rigid mount will be anything to be concerned about.

 

Like Kevin said, that rascal is as smooth as glass from idle to full throttls.

 

You can see how smooth in the first minute or so in this vid:

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=0a7iOLGkgTo

 

 


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Posted November 09, 2016 - 08:25 PM

A little more progress , blasted a set of rims, going to prime them with POR 15, topcoat and mount up some Tru Powers. I had to turn the regulator to correctly orient the wiring harness to come out the bottom so it would miss the exhaust manifold, added some shrink tube to the damaged connector on the alternator. Was pleased to find a better fitting and looking hose for the air intake. When I went to install missing bearing cap on the front wheel hub I noticed the outer wheel bearing was new but no grease, further investigation led to the race is bad so they all are getting replaced. Installed the new spindle bearings, thrust bearings and o-rings. Added some grommets for the wiring and Tach cable to pass thru. Ran the steering knuckles and the tie rod thru the blast cabinet, primed, painted and installed. The PS mount where the hiem joint connects with the thru bolt was loose, discovered weld on nut was broke loose and mounting bolt twisted off in frame, repaired, had another mount so I blasted it primed, painted and installed. Re-mounted the PS unit put some factory NOS hoses on, dressed up some wiring with loom cover. Needed new battery cables, made them and installed. And I'll finish with what was probably the last marshmallow roast of the season. Pics

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Posted November 09, 2016 - 09:52 PM

More nice work


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Posted November 09, 2016 - 10:34 PM

Looking better and better with each improvement. :thumbs:

 

The Tru-Powers are going to look great; nice choice. They are a sexy looking tire.


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