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#1 Alberta Bolens OFFLINE  

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Posted October 15, 2016 - 07:39 PM

I have had a bolens 1050 thats been sitting in storage for a couple of years needing a trans among few other items. PO had started to restore this tractor and had quit when he discovered it needed transmission repairs.  I aquired a donor 1000 that has been modified to take a kohler.  Trans is good and has a lot of parts on it most of the tin has been cut or modified.

 

I brought the 1050 in this afternoon set it up on the table.  Checking it out I discovered that is bit roughter than I thought.  Some of it has been repainted in proper colors or really close to proper.  

 

The biggest issue found so far is bent tube frame at the front end.  ( They must have hit something hard several times.)  My donor tractor tubes seem to be straight and in good shape.  

 

To change the frames the tractor will be stripped down pretty completely.  So I think I will be painting up the parts that have not been done yet.  I have never done any painting other than few spray bombs or brushes so this willl be a learning curve for me.  Good news is my partner has been wanting an air brush for a while. She does some art work and would like one for that, tells me they could be used for painting larger items.   

 

I have removed the Generator for another 1050.  I will need to find a generator. I have one that is rusted inside I think it is beyond repair.

 

 

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Edited by Alberta Bolens, October 15, 2016 - 07:42 PM.

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Posted October 16, 2016 - 07:09 AM

well if the 1000 is in better shape might just pay to put that the engine out of the 1050 into the 1000 since its already modified but would have a sweet looking tractor


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Posted October 16, 2016 - 07:22 AM

Good luck on your project, the hardest thing is cleaning up someone elses mess they made of the tractor


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Posted October 16, 2016 - 10:01 AM

well if the 1000 is in better shape might just pay to put that the engine out of the 1050 into the 1000 since its already modified but would have a sweet looking tractor

I do like the looks of the 1000, the rounded hood etc.  But the hood has been cut and welded, as well and the dash pannel.  The 1000 has issues too.  It would take some work regardless, doing either one of them up,  making one tractor out of two.



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Posted October 17, 2016 - 03:44 PM

Hmmmm. Aren't ALL projects more than they first seemed to be?  At least that's my experience!  Nice looking work shop and lift.  I'm jealous...


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Posted October 17, 2016 - 10:32 PM

How do you change spark plugs again???

 

The frame rails are out of the parts 1000 and soaking the grease and grime off of them.   They seem to be in good shape, a little sanding and paint they should be good.  

 

The parts tractor although modified and butchered was mostly complete and I will have a ton of parts left to keep three 1050's going for some time.

 

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Dam this photo is upside down.   :mad2:

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Posted October 19, 2016 - 11:44 PM

I started taking apart the 1050 tonight.  The steering gear is worn out in the centre so I removed the steering column and dash support.  I also removed the clutch PTO drive assembly.  I need to figure out how to get the steering gear off the shaft I can replace it from my parts tractor.

 

As part of the 1050 has been previously painted I want to cleanup and paint the rest of it while its apart.  Not doing a restore but just cleaning it up so it looks ok.  Its going to be a working tractor. I told Kim she would have to come to the hardware store to help me buy paint. Her eyes are better than mine and she's not color blind. She went over to her paint shelf and brought me a liter of brown mis tint that she had picked up a while ago.  Its a close enough match to Bolens brown.  Discounted to $10  Kim will do the painting.  She is pretty artistic and likes painting and cleaning things up.  It works good I do the repairs or build things, she paints them and hides my mistakes.


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Posted October 20, 2016 - 09:16 PM

I had the afternoon to work on this again today. :dancingbanana:  Getting lots of parts washed, cleaned up and choosing the best parts from the two tractors.  As NKAUST said maybe I should have fixed up the 1000  There is a lot of parts I am using from it.  

 

I still have to remove the frame rales and rear end.  Yes that doesn't leave much.  Bsically I have both tractors torn down and building one out of the best parts.  Going to use the 1050 format as the hood and seat pan are in good shape.  

 

I have a rusted generator that is dead.  I not sure if it can be rebuilt or if I will need a different one.

 

OK Can someone tellme how to rotate photos.  They are in orientation on my computor however when I load them to a post they rotate.   :firejumper:

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Posted October 22, 2016 - 03:26 PM

looking good so far, i wish i had an elevated platform like that would make a lot of things easier



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Posted October 22, 2016 - 08:41 PM

looking good so far, i wish i had an elevated platform like that would make a lot of things easier

It works great.  Lot easier on the knees.   I have it kind of balanced so one end goes down to make a ramp.  Then I have a boat winch on the other end, I just winch the tractors up the ramp until it balances, Then I push the high end down to the floor and pull the tractor pit further on so it stays down.  I did learn not to pull it to far past the balance point while its elevated.  It tips down kind of fast.  Of course its not perfect, there are a few things I would change at some point.

 

With the over head hoist I hardly lift anything anymore.  Finnally beginging to learn what Dad meant by "work smarter not harder".  


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Posted October 24, 2016 - 09:21 PM

I cleaned and prepped parts for painting on the weekend.  I had them all laid out when I went to work this morning.  When i got home I found the Painting Elf had come along and painted them for me. Pretty close color for a cheap miss tint.  Covered really well.  Next step is to start assembly

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Posted October 24, 2016 - 11:23 PM

What is that nut with the tabs for outboard of the differential locking knob, and why is that there??

 

Normally, there is just a retaining ring that fits into the groove on the axle end.

 

The paint looks good. :thumbs:


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Posted October 29, 2016 - 06:42 PM

Spent good portion of the day assembling.  Its almost begining to look like a tractor.  Biggest brain fart I had today.  Used the belts from the Kolher engine. I didn't check the length, until I had them in place.  On the plus side its not all that hard to change belts with the tractor 1/2 assembled.

There is a lot of little stuff to do.  If I can get few hours in tomorrow, should make big dent in whats left.

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Posted October 30, 2016 - 06:49 PM

More time on it today.  Lots done, but still need few good hours on it.  

 

Not sure what I will do about the head lights.  The hardware is missing.  

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Posted November 01, 2016 - 09:37 AM

More time on it today.  Lots done, but still need few good hours on it.  
 
Not sure what I will do about the head lights.  The hardware is missing.


Looking really good so far!!

Check with some of site sponsors, they might have the parts you need?




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