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#1 29 Chev OFFLINE  

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Posted October 25, 2016 - 03:57 PM

Picked up a Bolens 1053 last year and have decided I am going to try and turn it back into a useable garden tractor.  Here are pictures of what it looks like right now - missing some pieces, no motor, fender pan and frame tubes have been "modified" over its years. 

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  • 1 Rear View.jpg
  • 2 Left Side View.jpg
  • 3 Front View.jpg
  • 4 Right Corner View.jpg
  • 4 Right Side View.jpg
  • 5 Right Rear Corner View.jpg
  • 6 Hub Ear Broken.jpg
  • 7 Shift Pattern Decal.jpg
  • 8 Dash Panel.jpg
  • 9 Frame Tubes Modified.jpg
  • 10 Front View.jpg
  • 11 Battery Tray.jpg
  • 12 Fender Pan Cut.jpg
  • 13 Serial Number.jpg
  • 14 Msissing Locking Nut.jpg
  • 15 Second Lift Lever.jpg

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Posted October 25, 2016 - 04:37 PM

My guess is your "try" will exceed your expectations and as the craftsman you are, the end result will be outstanding!
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Posted October 25, 2016 - 04:38 PM

Think I would start with something little better for all that work. I'm messing with a couple similar and would hate to have to remake half the chassis and STILL not have engine in it. Guess PO didn't like the mount engine on tube part and made his own for a bigger engine??  Once stuff is "whacked", kinda hard to get back to "mormal" original stuff.


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Posted October 25, 2016 - 04:43 PM

I have a vision of a spectacular started here- finished here "Tractor of the Month article in the future :thumbs:

Will be watching for the updates !


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Posted October 25, 2016 - 05:04 PM

Are you trying to make it look original again or just functional. Looking at your other posts I am guessing back to original. I have a 1054 here that is a bit of a hack job, but runs and ia useable. I have most of the parts here to start to put it back to at least original appearing, including the Wisconsin engine, but it won't get a full restore. These are both 1054's, the one on the left is almost all original and I got it from the original owner.

 

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Posted October 25, 2016 - 05:38 PM

Are you trying to make it look original again or just functional. Looking at your other posts I am guessing back to original.

Jim

I hope to make it look very close to original - I have picked up a hood off a 1050 that has been cut up a bit and I think I can fabricate / repair most of the sheet metal pieces.  I have been thinking that if I don't encounter anything wrong with the transmission and I can get it to the point where I just need an engine then I can take the Honda off of my 1050 and drop it on this tractor as I still have the original Wisconsin for the 1050. 

 

Will see how finances and my fabrication skills go - if I can make the rest of it look half as good as the seat turned out I will be happy.  I figure with the seat recovered the hard part is done and I am half way there. :dancingbanana:

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  • 2 Seat Pan With Cushion And Cover Removed.jpg
  • 1 Right Side.jpg
  • 2 Front.jpg
  • 5 Back.jpg
  • 3 Corner View.jpg

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Posted October 25, 2016 - 06:24 PM

I'll be following this post, talk about a "project" !
What's the timeline to get it done? Ready for Christmas? 😀
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Posted October 25, 2016 - 06:29 PM

I'll be following this post, talk about a "project" !
What's the timeline to get it done? Ready for Christmas?

No timeline really - just something to keep me out of trouble and cause me to scratch my head and question my sanity - might be ready for Christmas 2017??


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Posted October 25, 2016 - 06:55 PM

That looks like a parts machine to me(I've got 2 like that). Just because you can do something, doesn't mean that you should do it. Save it as parts for a better Bolens machine that you will find. Don't waste time on projects that take you away from more productive things. A good complete one will come along that needs the transmission. Then you will get alot with only a small time investment. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted October 25, 2016 - 07:17 PM

That sounds great. Glad you have the time to do it. I'm sure you will have fun. And the result will be great. I was wondering, the triangle piece on the rear end, with three bolts in it, is that a pto cover ? I know nothing about Bolens.

Noel
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Posted October 25, 2016 - 07:27 PM

I'm sure this will be as nice as all your other projects
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Posted October 25, 2016 - 08:47 PM

I have a 1253 sitting here with Deck and hydraulic lift that I gota get around to working on.I pulled the engine apart a couple months ago and was going to rebuild.It smoked alot and had a pretty bad knock.Pulled the cam cover off and found the connecting rod has a really nasty crack in it.Caught it Just in time BUT the crank journal is hurt and the cylinder is to bad for just a fresh set of rings and a light honing.

 

Put it on the back burner till I could find another engine worth putting in it.

 

Not sure what I'll end up doing with it yet.Lacking Money to fix it correctly is what's holding me up once again.


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Posted October 25, 2016 - 08:53 PM

That sounds great. Glad you have the time to do it. I'm sure you will have fun. And the result will be great. I was wondering, the triangle piece on the rear end, with three bolts in it, is that a pto cover ? I know nothing about Bolens.

Noel

 

These have a worm drive rear-end instead of a ring and pinion. The triangle piece holds the bearing that supports the rear of the worm  gear.

 

Jim


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Posted October 26, 2016 - 10:39 AM

Well! No mater what happens, it will have a nice seat!!!
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Posted October 26, 2016 - 05:53 PM

Today was take it apart day as per the pictures.  I unbolted the left hand lift lever that someone had added to the tractor at some point at its life and had a good look at it but did not find any part numbers stamped into it (pictures 6 and 7).  The plate that it was attached to was welded on but the actual lift lever appears to be factory made and looks like a Bolens unit - not sure what it is off of.  Used the die grinder with the cut off blade to cut the plate welds where someone had welded the plate to the frame tube and the main support and the two pieces of square tubing that were welded to the two fame tubes.  

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  • 2 Dash Support Removed.jpg
  • 3 Foot Rests Removed.jpg
  • 4 Found The Keys.jpg
  • 5 Tool Box Removed.jpg
  • 6 Extra Lift.jpg
  • 7 Extra Lift.jpg
  • 8 Plate Welded To Main Support And Left Frame Tube.jpg
  • 9 Welds Cut With Die Grinder.jpg
  • 10 Plate Removed.jpg
  • 11 Plate Removed.jpg
  • 12 Cross Tubing Removed.jpg

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