I bought that tractor mentioned in the Kijiji ad and found this forum and the original post while looking for another rj to restore.
Restoration has been relatively smooth.
For the most part it's been take it apart, clean it, put it back together.
The tractor is in incredible shape for a 60 year old tractor.
The hood is dead straight - no dings or gouges or holes.
No holes in gas tank and it also came with the float which I have yet to hook up.
Got the original engine running last week and am starting on the belt drive system today.
Took over a year to find original engine parts.
Still have to clean up the back end and have a look inside the rear hub.
Going to have to get a belt guard. At this point I'm thinking a reproduction is all I'm going to get.
Fingers crossed but so far so good.
Update May 2016
Engine is now running strong.
Have ordered a reproduction belt guard.
Belt drive system needs some work - ie. I have to get the right belt lengths for it.
Had a belt on it that was too short from the engine to the veri-drive to the point were I had no neutral; with predicable results.
The gas tank float has a leak but it's a tough part to find so can live with it for the moment.
Steering is good - just need to get the proper pin to hold the steering wheel firmly in place.
Replaced the gear oil in the back end but have not opened it yet.
Some before and after photos.
Enjoy. And for the collectors in Southern Ontario keep an eye on Kijiji
Wheel Horse Rj - $950 (Oshawa, On) June 2014
Posted May 17, 2016 - 09:47 AM
- Bolens 1000, Traill95, HANKG and 1 other said thanks
Posted May 17, 2016 - 12:30 PM
- Bolens 1000 and Bolens800uk have said thanks
Posted May 17, 2016 - 02:15 PM
So which hood decal is correct? Did they change them in the 57-58 time frame?
P. S. Very nicely restored tractor!
Edited by sharkman, May 17, 2016 - 02:16 PM.
- Bolens800uk said thank you
Posted May 17, 2016 - 04:40 PM
Yes they changed the decal both are correct.
Posted May 17, 2016 - 04:58 PM
Posted May 19, 2016 - 09:56 AM
Wish I had an attachment like that - might persuade me to keep it.
Love those front reel mowers