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Posted January 04, 2017 - 04:40 PM

Very impressive,as usual great work

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Posted January 05, 2017 - 04:15 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

 

I have been thinking about what to make the front seal washer that protects the front PTO bearing out of - I know that some of the site sponsors sell them but with the exchange rate and shipping I decided I would try and make my own.  I looked at one of the plastic cutting boards that I had bought to use when I cut holes in gaskets with my gasket punches as they are about 3/8" thick.  Since I had two boards I decided to cut the smaller one on one end with the hack saw to make two small rectangular pieces that I could machine into new seal washers - I was concerned that the board might be hollow in the centre but it was solid so I put one of the nylon pieces in the lathe and machined it using the one that came with the used PTO as a pattern.  The shaft is .750" on the O.D. so the inner hole should be about .742" as it should be almost a press fit (in the service manual they recommend to soak it in hot water before you install it).  The one I made is not quite as snug as I would of liked and I may have to make another one if it starts to turn on the shaft.  The seal washer is about .250" thick in the centre area and about 1.725" on the outside with a step on the inside to clear the front snap ring that retains the front bearing.  If you make one double check the sizes as your PTO may vary.  I removed one of the seals in the new front bearing and got four new heavy duty snap rings that are about the same thickness as what was used originally.

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Posted January 05, 2017 - 04:21 PM

Then I installed the rear seal, grease fitting and applied grease to the front and rear bearings and assembled the PTO.  l left the bolts that hold the belt guard on loose as it will have to be slid ahead to install the belts when I get them.  Once the PTO was together I installed it and the drag link on the tractor - the bolts that hold the PTO on are loose as it will have to be adjusted later.

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  • 11 Rear Seal And Grease Fitting Installed.jpg
  • 12 Filled New gearing WIth Grease.jpg
  • 1 Shaft Inserted Into Housing And Front Inner Snap Ring Installed.jpg
  • 2 Front Bearing Slid Onto Shaft.jpg
  • 3 Bearing Pushed Into Housing.jpg
  • 4 Internal Snap Ring Installed In Housing.jpg
  • 5 Seal Washer Partially Installed On Shaft.jpg
  • 6 Front Seal Washer And Front Snap Ring Installed.jpg
  • 7 Rear Inner Snap Ring Installed.jpg
  • 8 PTO Housing Pumped Full Of Grease.jpg
  • 9 Belt Guard Bolted On.jpg
  • 10 PTO Pulley And Rear Snap Ring Installed.jpg
  • 11 Ready To Mount On Tractor.jpg
  • 12 PTO Bolted Onto Tractor.jpg
  • 13 PTO And Drag Link Installed.jpg
  • 14 PTO Installed.jpg

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Posted January 06, 2017 - 08:49 PM

Looking good!
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Posted January 07, 2017 - 05:53 PM

Does anyone know of a supplier of a complete set of good quality decals for a Bolens 1053?  Trying to think ahead of things I will need  - I see Maple Hunter show one on their website but I have seen posts where the quality isn't as good as some other suppliers.  I got decals for my one 1050 from Nate at Clickitandstickit and was happy with them but he does not offer a set for a 1053 as such.  I can take pictures of the decals that are still on the tractor for Clickitandstickit but I do not have a sample of the hood decals for sizes or colours and lettering - have found some pictures of 1053 hood decals on the web but it is hard to tell what colours they were originally.


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Posted January 07, 2017 - 07:41 PM

Does anyone know of a supplier of a complete set of good quality decals for a Bolens 1053?  Trying to think ahead of things I will need  - I see Maple Hunter show one on their website but I have seen posts where the quality isn't as good as some other suppliers.  I got decals for my one 1053 from Nate at Clickitandstickit and was happy with them but he does not offer a set for a 1053 as such.  I can take pictures of the decals that are still on the tractor for Clickitandstickit but I do not have a sample of the hood decals for sizes or colours and lettering - have found some pictures of 1053 hood decals on the web but it is hard to tell what colours they were originally.


sam's bolens list them on his website
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Posted January 07, 2017 - 09:40 PM

IMO Sam has very good quality decal kits,a little more money for sure,I have used Maple Hunters also in the past and have been happy,the size maybe off a little on some of the decals but not that noticeable,all in how particular you want to be
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Posted January 08, 2017 - 03:50 AM

Very good write up with good photographic records of your meticulous work too. Looking forward to seeing it completed.
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Posted January 08, 2017 - 10:31 AM

sam's bolens list them on his website

I looked on the Sam's Bolens website and did not see anything for a 1053 - will have to look again.



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Posted January 08, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Rick hits the nail on the head. Maple Hunter decals are affordable, but may not be exact reproductions of the factory decals. The size can be off slightly and there are instances when the factory might have changed the wording on the dash decal "Instructions" on tube frame tractors, but Maple Hunter uses the same one for all models that had one. So accuracy sometimes suffers. Although maybe only those of us with Garden Tractor OCD would ever notice.


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Posted January 09, 2017 - 06:52 AM

I've heard people say good things about a company I think is called "click it and stick it" I believe Brian(Bolens 1000) uses them on a normal basis and is quite pleased with there work and quality.
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Posted January 09, 2017 - 08:31 PM

Thanks for the responses on the decals. 

 

I took the taillight out of the rear fender, removed the dash from the dash support and removed the switches and ammeter.  I took some close up pictures today of the decals that are left on these parts - thought I would post them as they may help someone else someday who is restoring a similar tractor. 

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  • 6 Six Speed Power Range Decal.jpg

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Posted January 09, 2017 - 10:37 PM

"Click it and Stick it" makes really nice decals. I had Nate make the decals up for my Bulldog trencher, and I could not be more pleased with the results.
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Posted January 12, 2017 - 04:52 PM

Started repairing the side panels that cover the frame tubes - as you can see by the pictures someone cut pieces off of the front and also a section of the left at the rear.  Found some pictures on the internet and this site of various 1053 and 1253 tractors so I did some rough calculations (using Wrenchinonit's Bolens Decoder Ring) and cut some pieces to replace the missing metal.  I measured the panels and they appeared to be 16 gauge and I had some used sections so I cleaned them up and cut them out using a hacksaw - since my cutting skills using a hacksaw  following a long straight line are not the best I left them a little large so I could trim them after I got them bent and welded on.  Got the pieces bent in my sheet metal brake and welded them to the two panels.

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  • 10 Front Pieces Welded On.jpg
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  • 12 Panels SIde By Side.jpg
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  • 14 Back Side View.jpg
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Posted January 12, 2017 - 05:00 PM

Ground the welds, trimmed up the edges using a 3" cutoff wheel in the die grinder and finished them with the sander.  Marked out and drilled the holes in the rear section of the left panel - the large hole that goes over the bolt head I drilled out to 5/8" and then marked the outside of the hole by clamping the right panel onto it to use as a pattern to draw the hole diameter.  Once I had done that I used a round file to enlarge the hole the rest of the way.  Did a test fit of the panels on the tractor - still have to drill the holes in the front sections, cut them out where they go around the spacers for the motor and figure out what I need to add where they come up on an angle but I think they look fairly close to what was there originally. 

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  • 8 Edge Trimmed And Holes Drilled.jpg
  • 9 Edge Trimmed And Holes Drilled.jpg
  • 10 Right Side Test Fit On Tractor.jpg
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  • 12 Left Side Test Fit.jpg
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