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#421 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted June 15, 2017 - 07:25 PM

Looking good

Wish I waited to restore mine now that we know the correct paint!!!


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Posted June 15, 2017 - 07:30 PM

Looking good

Wish I waited to restore mine now that we know the correct paint!!!

Thanks.   Yes - I wish that my 1050's had the metallic paint instead of the leather brown as well but that will give me something to do when I am really bored.  I do love the metallic colour - it almost seems to change shade out in the bright sunlight depending on how you view it and the way the light reflects off of it. 


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Posted June 17, 2017 - 04:54 PM

With a little help the engine took a leap of faith off of the engine stand and found its new home (at least for a while) in the tractor.  I opened the hood up so that it was resting on some old tires and set a couple of short pieces of wood about 1" thick across the frame rails and on top of the front axle support so that I could set the engine on the wood and have clearance to set the four spacers in place. I decided to remove the rear heat shield so it would not be in the way of setting the engine in place.  Once I had the engine sitting on the pieces of wood I set the two rear spacers in place and then started the rear bolts and removed the rear piece of wood.  Then I set the two front spacers in place, removed the front piece of wood and let the engine sit on the spacers - then I started the front bolts and tightened the vibration nuts up on all the bolts.  Hooked the hood stop link to the hood and the engine bracket and slowly closed the hood to make sure things would clear which they did.  I did a test fit of the rear heat shield and found out the hole I had made in it was not quite big enough to clear the bolt on the governor arm so the hole got enlarged with the help of a round file and then I touched up the paint and installed the heat shield along with the belt guard.

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  • 1 Hood Resting On Tires.jpg
  • 2 Heat Shield Removed And SHort Wood Pieces In Place.jpg
  • 3 Engine Ready To Leap Off Stand.jpg
  • 4 Engine Sitting On Pieces Of Wood.jpg
  • 6 Hood Stop Hooked Up.jpg
  • 7 Engine Bolted Down.jpg
  • 8 Engine Bolted Down.jpg
  • 9 Testing Hood FIt.jpg
  • 10 Testing Hood FIt.jpg
  • 11 Testing Hood Fit.jpg
  • 12 Hole In Shield Enlarged To Clear Bolt On Governor Arm.jpg
  • 13 Governor Arm In Wide Open Position.jpg

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Posted June 17, 2017 - 05:00 PM

I tried a pipe of 1" pipe and an elbow on to see how it would look for an exhaust pipe as the exhaust port is higher than the hood - it looks like it might clear but I am thinking of a couple of other options.  Set the other heat shield that the solenoid and regulator mount on in place and it should fit ok but I will leave it off until I figure out the exhaust.  Got the fuel tank mounted in place and I also installed the ammeter, light switch and ignition switch in the dash and took a couple of pictures with the hood closed. 

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  • 1 Checking Clearance Between Pipe And Carb Rod.jpg
  • 2 Heat Shield And Belt Guard Installed.jpg
  • 3 Heat Shield And Belt Guard Installed.jpg
  • 4 Heat Shield And Belt Guard Installed.jpg
  • 5 Test FIt Of New Exhaust.jpg
  • 6 Test FIt Of New Exhaust.jpg
  • 7 Heat Shield Looks Like It Will Fit.jpg
  • 8 Test FIt Of New Exhaust.jpg
  • 9 Fuel Tank Mounted.jpg
  • 10 Clearance OF Fuel Tank At Rear.jpg
  • 11 Clearance Of Fuel Tank At Rear.jpg
  • 12 Ammeter Ignition And Light Switch Installed.jpg
  • 13 Ammeter Ignition And Light Switch Installed.jpg
  • 14 Hood Closed Right.jpg
  • 15 Hood Closed Left.jpg
  • 16 Hood Closed.jpg

Edited by 29 Chev, June 18, 2017 - 04:49 PM.

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Posted June 17, 2017 - 05:22 PM

Sweet!


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Posted June 17, 2017 - 09:02 PM

Looks like new!

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Posted June 18, 2017 - 04:42 AM

Starting to look like a tractor ! Nice work!


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Posted June 18, 2017 - 05:12 PM

I decided to take a stab at making an exhaust pipe - I studied the two pictures of the correct exhaust S pipe that Bolens1000 has posted on his web site to see how the original exhaust pipe was shaped - my thanks to him for posting them and sharing this information.  I thought about using some automotive 1-1/2" exhaust tubing and cutting it lengthwise and then squeezing it together so it would be a snug fit over a piece of 1" pipe but I figured that if I could shape something similar out of 1" pipe it would be stronger as the pipe is thicker than the tubing. I checked my stash and came up with two 1" pipe nipples - one was 3" and one was 4" long.  Unfortunately they were galvanized for plumbing applications - it is hard to find 1" black pipe fittings at the hardware store.  If you attempt to make something like this as I did make sure you grind as much galvanize coating off as you can and wear a good quality mask and weld it outside in a well ventilated area as galvanize fumes are poisonous to breathe.  I started with the 4" long piece of pipe and after threading it into the engine to determine where it would stop turning I marked it with a centre punch so I knew what spot would be up.  Then I referenced that mark so I knew which way I wanted to bend the pipe and cut several slits with a hack saw about 3/4 of the way through the pipe at about 1/4" intervals and then shaped the pipe to form a curve as you can see in pictures 3, 4 and 5.  Did a test fit on the tractor and added one more slit as can be seen in pictures 8 and 9.  Then I welded the slits back in with the mig welder outside while wearing a mask and after lots of nasty smoke I sanded the welds down with a flap wheel to see how things looked.  I also built up two spots at 180 degrees to each other that I sanded down to provide two flats that I could use a pair of vise grips on to turn the pipe.  I was happy with the results so I carried on - the insides of the pipe are not perfectly smooth as a result of the welding but should still let lots of exhaust gas to flow into the muffler without creating too much turbulance. 

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  • 1 One Inch By Four Inch Pipe.jpg
  • 2 One Inch By Three Inch Pipe.jpg
  • 3 Pipe Slit WIth Hack Saw And Bent In A Curved Shape.jpg
  • 4 Pipe Slit WIth Hack Saw And Bent In A Curved Shape.jpg
  • 5 Pipe Slit WIth Hack Saw And Bent In A Curved Shape.jpg
  • 6 Test Fit On Tractor.jpg
  • 7 Test Fit On Tractor.jpg
  • 8 Added One More Slit.jpg
  • 9 Added One More Slit.jpg
  • 10 Slits Welded Back Up And Weld Beside Thread To Make Wrench Flat.jpg
  • 11 Slits Welded Back Up And Weld Beside Thread To Make Wrench Flat.jpg
  • 12 Welds Sanded.jpg
  • 13 Welds Sanded.jpg
  • 14 Welds Sanded.jpg

Edited by 29 Chev, June 19, 2017 - 08:24 AM.

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Posted June 18, 2017 - 05:18 PM

I did some more slits at the threaded end of the pipe and tacked the 3" piece onto the end and welded and sanded the slit area - I also built up where the threads had been cut to make them as strong as the rest of the pipe.  Then I did some more slits on the second piece of pipe so it would bend back the other way, welded and sanded them.  Then I tried to do another test fit and found out I had to remove the dash support or the engine to start the pipe into the exhaust port - since two screws removed the dash support once the heat shield was removed the dash support came off.  I did two more slits at the first bend to get the bend a little sharper and then welded and sanded and wire brushed the welds.

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  • 2 Pipe Slit Bent And Welded At Threads And Three Inch Piece Tacked On.jpg
  • 3 Welds Sanded.jpg
  • 4 Welds Sanded.jpg
  • 5 Test Fit With Muffler On Engine.jpg
  • 6 Test Fit With Hood Closed.jpg
  • 7 Two More Slits Cut In First Bend.jpg
  • 8 Slits Welded Sanded And Wire Brushed.jpg
  • 9 Slits Welded Sanded And Wire Brushed.jpg
  • 10 Slits Welded Sanded And Wire Brushed.jpg
  • 11 Slits Welded Sanded And Wire Brushed.jpg
  • 12 Slits Welded Sanded And Wire Brushed.jpg

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Posted June 18, 2017 - 05:21 PM

Pretty neat looking pipe!


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Posted June 18, 2017 - 05:23 PM

Great Job on the pipe!

Looks very close to the original XK141 wisconsin elbow!


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Posted June 18, 2017 - 05:24 PM

Did another test fit and was happy with the way things looked so I gave the pipe a quick splash of silver paint - it will probably burn off but will make it look pretty until I start the engine.  I installed the lock nut on the end before I painted it and since I had the pipe held on the threaded end with a pair of vise grips I figured the paint could dry just as good with the pipe threaded into the engine so I  threaded the pipe into the exhaust port.  I installed the dash support and verified the pipe cleared the hood and the muffler would not be too close to the hood to burn the paint or decals and it seems to have enough clearance so I took a few pictures of it with the hood closed and open.  The muffler tilts down and ahead a little bit but I think it should work ok.

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  • 2 Hood Closed.jpg
  • 3 Hood Closed.jpg
  • 4 Pipe Points Ahead A Little Bit.jpg
  • 5 Muffler Threaded On.jpg
  • 6 Dash Support Back In Place.jpg
  • 7 Clearance Under Hood.jpg
  • 8 Muffler Points Down And Ahead A Little Bit.jpg
  • 9 Hood Open.jpg
  • 10 Hood Open.jpg
  • 11 Hood Open.jpg
  • 12 Hood Open.jpg

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Posted June 18, 2017 - 07:30 PM

NICE JOB !!!  :thumbs:


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Posted June 19, 2017 - 02:05 PM

Really nice work!
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Posted June 19, 2017 - 03:32 PM

Looking good
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