Jump to content

Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
- - - - -

Bolens 1053 Return to Service Project


  • Please log in to reply
526 replies to this topic

#181 Bolens 1000 OFFLINE  

Bolens 1000

    DR. Bolens

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 7
  • 14,219 Thanks
  • 17,846 posts
  • Location: Western NY

Posted January 19, 2017 - 05:47 PM

Looking good Stew!

If everyone worked at the level you did there would be more tractors still around and less in the hands of the parts scrappers!


  • KennyP, WrenchinOnIt, TomLGT195 and 1 other said thanks

#182 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 34,189 Thanks
  • 43,310 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted January 19, 2017 - 06:02 PM

Looking good Stew!

If everyone worked at the level you did there would be more tractors still around and less in the hands of the parts scrappers!

That's for sure!


  • 29 Chev said thank you

#183 29 Chev ONLINE  

29 Chev

    A Little Off Plumb

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63590
  • 6,947 Thanks
  • 2,234 posts
  • Location: Ontario Canada

Posted January 19, 2017 - 06:33 PM

Looking good Stew!

If everyone worked at the level you did there would be more tractors still around and less in the hands of the parts scrappers!

Thanks - I am not sure that most people would want to invest the time and money into a project like this but it is good for keeping the mind sharp as to how I am going to repair the various parts and make them look like they did originally.

 

I thought someone would make a comment about my unusual support for the fender that I used while I was working on it or maybe I am just "nuts" for Bolens tractors.  :smilewink:  


  • Bolens 1000, blackjackjakexxix, WrenchinOnIt and 1 other said thanks

#184 WrenchinOnIt OFFLINE  

WrenchinOnIt
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 8592
  • 3,319 Thanks
  • 906 posts

Posted January 19, 2017 - 07:03 PM

Thanks - I am not sure that most people would want to invest the time and money into a project like this but it is good for keeping the mind sharp as to how I am going to repair the various parts and make them look like they did originally.
 
I thought someone would make a comment about my unusual support for the fender that I used while I was working on it or maybe I am just "nuts" for Bolens tractors.  :smilewink:


I was going call it the ol' peanut prop, to be used in conjunction with the beer bottle prop, both consumable , nice combo. AND nice work buddy !!!
  • blackjackjakexxix and 29 Chev have said thanks

#185 blackjackjakexxix OFFLINE  

blackjackjakexxix

    Blackjackjakexxix

  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 2194
  • 2,723 Thanks
  • 1,988 posts
  • Location: Pulaski,Pa 16143

Posted January 19, 2017 - 08:05 PM

Stew sure has a special talent,unfortunately we don't all have it,way to go Stew

Edited by blackjackjakexxix, January 19, 2017 - 08:33 PM.

  • 29 Chev said thank you

#186 Husky OFFLINE  

Husky

    Member

  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63
  • 1,095 Thanks
  • 1,018 posts

Posted January 20, 2017 - 07:55 AM

Stew I am blown away at your workmanship. You have done and continue to do beautiful work. Thank you for taking time to post all the pictures and descriptions of what you are working on.


  • blackjackjakexxix and 29 Chev have said thanks

#187 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 34,189 Thanks
  • 43,310 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted January 20, 2017 - 08:17 AM

Stew I am blown away at your workmanship. You have done and continue to do beautiful work. Thank you for taking time to post all the pictures and descriptions of what you are working on.

Yeah! Your are an inspiration to us all!


  • 29 Chev said thank you

#188 29 Chev ONLINE  

29 Chev

    A Little Off Plumb

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63590
  • 6,947 Thanks
  • 2,234 posts
  • Location: Ontario Canada

Posted January 20, 2017 - 09:52 AM

Thank you all for your kind words - I have seen posts of your tractors and attachments and sometimes I am in awe of your projects and equipment - plus the knowledge that you people share so freely.  Thank you for allowing me to be a member of this site and share my little bit of "Bolens" fever with you. 


  • blackjackjakexxix and KennyP have said thanks

#189 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 34,189 Thanks
  • 43,310 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted January 20, 2017 - 10:18 AM

Every one of us here offer some type of help, no matter the form it is in.


  • blackjackjakexxix, TomLGT195 and 29 Chev have said thanks

#190 29 Chev ONLINE  

29 Chev

    A Little Off Plumb

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63590
  • 6,947 Thanks
  • 2,234 posts
  • Location: Ontario Canada

Posted January 20, 2017 - 03:31 PM

Made a pair of "L" brackets to join the front of the fender to the frame tube covers - they were missing so I did not have one to use as a pattern- went with two pieces of 1" x 2-5/8" x 1/8" flat steel.  They are probably a little heavier than what was there originally but I figured the extra weight would come in handy some cold winters day when I needed a bit more traction.  Drilled a 5/16" hole in each of the brackets and mounted them to the covers, set the fender back on and marked the location of the bracket to the fender so that I could figure out where to place the lower bolt holes in the fender.  Once I had that done I removed the fender, drilled two 5/16" holes about 1" in from the edge and centred in relation to the marks, and then remounted the fender and marked out the location of the holes on the brackets.  Took an average of the marks and centred the holes in relation to the width of the brackets so they would be identical , drilled 5/16" holes and welded four 5/16" nuts to the brackets.  Enlarged and slotted the holes slightly in the fender pan and bolted it in place - had to bend the left side of the fender ahead at the lower outer edge to get it to look right for the tire clearance but all in all I am happy with the way it looks and fits.  Will have to get some shorter bolts for the brackets as the one inch ones I used are too long but they let me get things fitted.

Attached Thumbnails

  • 1 Angle Brackets For Bottom.jpg
  • 2 Right Side Angle Bracket Bolted In Place.jpg
  • 3 Location Of Bracket Marked On Fender.jpg
  • 4 Lower Holes Drilled In Fender.jpg
  • 5 Lower Hole Locations Marked On Brackets.jpg
  • 6 Holes Drilled In Brackets And Nuts Welded On.jpg
  • 7 Lower Fender Holes Enlarged And Slotted.jpg
  • 8 Test Fit Right Side.jpg
  • 9 Test Fit Left Side.jpg
  • 10 Space Between Fender And Foot Rest Left.jpg
  • 11 Space Between Fender And Foot Rest Right.jpg
  • 12 Tire Clearance Left Side.jpg
  • 13 Tire Clearance Right Side.jpg
  • 14 View Of L Bracket.jpg
  • 15 View Around Levers.jpg

  • Bolens 1000, Bruce Dorsi, blackjackjakexxix and 5 others have said thanks

#191 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 34,189 Thanks
  • 43,310 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted January 20, 2017 - 03:53 PM

Zipping right along there!


  • 29 Chev said thank you

#192 29 Chev ONLINE  

29 Chev

    A Little Off Plumb

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 63590
  • 6,947 Thanks
  • 2,234 posts
  • Location: Ontario Canada

Posted January 20, 2017 - 06:11 PM

Zipping right along there!

Almost three months on this project and still only about half way there - good job I am not working at the Bolens factory as I would probably have been replaced with someone more productive - two tractors a year would not be considered a very good return on investment!  :rolling:   


Edited by 29 Chev, January 20, 2017 - 06:12 PM.

  • Bolens 1000, blackjackjakexxix, KennyP and 2 others have said thanks

#193 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 34,189 Thanks
  • 43,310 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted January 20, 2017 - 06:33 PM

Bet it'll be better than factory when your done!


  • 29 Chev said thank you

#194 ClassicBolens OFFLINE  

ClassicBolens
  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 48806
  • 1,350 Thanks
  • 489 posts
  • Location: IN

Posted January 21, 2017 - 10:13 PM

Almost three months on this project and still only about half way there - good job I am not working at the Bolens factory as I would probably have been replaced with someone more productive - two tractors a year would not be considered a very good return on investment!  :rolling:   

 

But it will be a life long investment, because the way you're doing it, they're gonna be around for a good long time. 


Edited by ClassicBolens, January 21, 2017 - 10:13 PM.

  • Bolens 1000, blackjackjakexxix, KennyP and 1 other said thanks

#195 Bolens800uk OFFLINE  

Bolens800uk
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 63893
  • 1,572 Thanks
  • 1,115 posts
  • Location: Devon, England

Posted January 22, 2017 - 03:51 AM

Almost three months on this project and still only about half way there - good job I am not working at the Bolens factory as I would probably have been replaced with someone more productive - two tractors a year would not be considered a very good return on investment!  :rolling:


Great work though and if you were running a restoration workshop that would be the norm ! As others have said, it will last a long time.
  • blackjackjakexxix and 29 Chev have said thanks




Top