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#1 LPBolens ONLINE  

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 04:31 PM

The 1455 Large Frame with Johnson Work Horse forklift that Rick had is now in Illinois at my house. It was a long trip to PA to get it, but worth it to me. On the way back I went to the Tri-State Gas Engine Swap and Sell Meet in Portland, IN. (The SWAMP meet, for anyone who was there.) While I was there I was lucky enough to score the missing part of the cage for the forklift. Now that missing cage is on the tractor.

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There have been some questions about whether the steering wheel was modified as part of the original conversion. I have included a pic of the forklift tractor that Sonny's Bolens has. It looks to me to be a non-factory steering wheel conversion, leading me to believe that it is not part of the original Johnson design.

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 06:12 PM

If that bottom picture is yours,I am pretty sure that steering not original.

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 06:13 PM

Great score! And that customized steering setup is just that. I feel VERY confident that is NOT part of a factory conversion, and I know nothing of Bolens.

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 06:19 PM

Well if I would of know it was for sell I would of tryed to get it myself.

Nice Buy, and its got a kohler in it for a repower right? So someone was just selling the top part of the cage?

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 07:54 PM

Nice score LPBolens! So you're the one that ended up with it. How did you luck into the cage? Talk about fate! ...or did you know that it would be there? Anyway, you got yourself a nice piece of history there. Congratulations!
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Posted May 21, 2011 - 08:18 PM

Congratulations on the new toy!
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Posted May 21, 2011 - 08:34 PM

If that bottom picture is yours,I am pretty sure that steering not original.

Nope, fortunately that one with the modified dash tower and steering is NOT mine. That one belongs to Sonny's Bolens, and it is in pretty sad shape overall.

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 08:38 PM

Part of the reason I went to Portland, IN after picking up the tractor from Rick was the hope that I could score that cage. I knew that Sonny's Bolens had one of these forklift conversions on a 1477, and I knew that he was not using the cage because he could not drive the tractor into his shop with the cage on it. At the very least, I wanted the proper dimensions of the cage in case I needed to fabricate one myself. Robert was willing to sell it for a reasonable price, so it came home with me.

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 08:43 PM

I'm glad you finally picked that up from rick. I have known you bought if for around two weeks now. When i was at ricks i remembered he had it and tried to buy it but who would guess you bet me two it lol. Glad you got the cage for it makes it look alot better with it.

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 09:36 PM

Doug, Just Awesome.
2 Questions.
Do they use the stock rear axle?
What is the capacity or lift weight that ol' girl will pick up?

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 09:42 PM

Well I know it can pick up at least 675 Pounds because I seen one that sonny's has pick up a Tubeframe Bolens....

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 09:44 PM

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 09:52 PM

That is impressive.
And the front wheel appear to be carrying some weight yet.

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 09:52 PM

That pic is of the tractor I bought from Rick, not the one at Sonny's Bolens.

It does use the stock 1455 Eaton 12 hydro and rear end. I think they got away with that because the huge central tube under the tractor is mounted to the axle tabs and to the front frame mounts, creating a reinforcing subframe.

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Posted May 21, 2011 - 09:57 PM

Ya, You can never say they got cheap when they built those tractors. Too bad they are not feasible to build today. I guess that is why we keep them alive today.




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