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#16 BolensChrisUK OFFLINE  

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Posted May 11, 2016 - 03:42 PM

I would love some attachments for mine when I ever get round to fixing her up.

 

Great kit & have fun with it !!


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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Sure wish the ID info on this Bolens tag was still readable!

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Bought a metal dash from Rick Show that needs a little TLC.

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Anyone know a trick for getting the ball knobs off the throttle and choke levers? I plan to try heating up the lever with a soldering iron while pulling on the knob.

 

Picked up a cab from a GT2000. Figured I better retrofit it now while I'm not worried about scratching anything. Once customized I will take all the sheet metal in for blasting.

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#18 Austen OFFLINE  

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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Nice additions! I like the metal dash.


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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Sure wish the ID info on this Bolens tag was still readable!


I have had decent success lightly sanding the identification decals with 500 grit sandpaper to get the numbers to appear. A slight impression in the decal from when they were printed will usually pop out.

For the throttle knobs, I use a pair of channel locks wrapped with a shop rag. A swift smack with a dead blow on the handle of the channel locks usually pops them off. I usually just replace them with new knobs anyway, so I don't get too worried if I damage them.
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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:55 AM



Anyone know a trick for getting the ball knobs off the throttle and choke levers? I plan to try heating up the lever with a soldering iron while pulling on the knob.


The ball knobs on my HT20 come off with just firm, smooth pulling. Are these rusted in place?
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Posted May 20, 2016 - 11:58 AM

The ball knobs on my HT20 come off with just firm, smooth pulling. Are these rusted in place?

I don't think there is any rust involved. Just ancient sun shrunk plastic.



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Posted May 20, 2016 - 12:03 PM

The ball knobs on my HT20 come off with just firm, smooth pulling. Are these rusted in place?

Hey nice find BTW. I've been watching for Bolens in the PacNW for almost 6 months now, haven't even seen an HT23 come up. I'll be watching how this thing turns out for you.
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Posted May 20, 2016 - 02:29 PM

Cool tractor. These Bolens are really starting to grow on me. I don't have one but I feel a fever coming on.

On the dash I would be tempted to cut the remaining lip/flange off and then between a file and sandpaper round over the edge and shoot some paint on it. Now that you have a metal dash, you have nothing to lose.

Just my uneducated two cents worth.
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Posted May 20, 2016 - 02:39 PM

Cool tractor. These Bolens are really starting to grow on me. I don't have one but I feel a fever coming on.

On the dash I would be tempted to cut the remaining lip/flange off and then between a file and sandpaper round over the edge and shoot some paint on it. Now that you have a metal dash, you have nothing to lose.

Just my uneducated two cents worth.

I'll probably use JB Weld to repair the chip on the metal dash and then add new paint/decal. Actually considered cleaning up the plastic one, just as you suggested, but the collar is a Bolens thing...  :)  Paul


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Posted May 20, 2016 - 06:15 PM

Check Out Post 16 in this thread by LPBolens - it may assist you trying to remove the knobs.

 

http://gardentractor...23-knobs/page-2


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#26 LPBolens OFFLINE  

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Posted May 20, 2016 - 10:33 PM

I also mentioned in that thread that you can hot glue the knobs back on if you are re-using them. I did have to use a soldering iron on the metal arm that holds the knob in order to finish pushing them in place because the hot glue set up to fast for me.


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