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#496 KennyP OFFLINE  

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Posted July 08, 2017 - 04:51 AM

I use heat shrink tubing over my choke/throttle cables! Takes a little time to shrink it down, but will protect them.


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Posted July 08, 2017 - 04:31 PM

Dug out the seat I had made a new cover for about a year and a half ago and I remembered that I had only tied and taped the covers on so I removed them from the seat pan to do a more permanent job.  I decided to use new 1-1/2" padding on the bottom and back since I had some and glued it and the seat covers to the bottom and back.  I also installed door edge moulding around the outer edge of the seat pan to make it less likely to cut into the cover.  Installed the bottom and back onto the seat pan and bolted the seat on the tractor.

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Posted July 08, 2017 - 04:43 PM

Put the free wheeling pin in, and once I remembered to turn on the fuel valve (wondered why it started, ran for a minute and quit), I started the tractor and drove it out of the shop under its own power.  Once it was outside I took some pictures of it out in the sunlight - hope you don't mind if I share them.  Then I took the tractor for a bit of a drive to the road and back - when I got to the road I noticed something was dripping on the starter generator so I opened the hood and found out the dipstick had popped up and the underside of the hood got a bit of a coating of oil.  Shut the engine off and checked the oil - it still showed full and it was a tad overfull when I put the oil in which may have caused the problem.  Started it back up and drove it back to the shop and shut it off and cleaned up the oil spray.  The transmission has some gear noise in hi range(about the same as my one 1050) and I still have a few bugs to iron out with the carb as it does not want to idle back down right away if it is revved up a bit (think they are governor / carb related) but at least it is back together and moves under its own power.  

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Posted July 08, 2017 - 05:10 PM

Looks Great!

Always a good feeling seeing them together for the first time once you paint them


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Posted July 08, 2017 - 05:10 PM

Nice ride there! Thanks for taking us along in the adventure!


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Posted July 08, 2017 - 06:27 PM

Thanks for the pics an a amazing job!! There is no better feeling when you finally see your project completed!

 

Now take a couple of weeks off to tweak it and then it is time to start on your next Bolens tractor! 


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Posted July 08, 2017 - 06:31 PM

Absolutely awesome! Now you can put it to work and finish up the little adjustments and tweaks it might need. As meticulous as you were with this maybe it will be perfect right from the start. Hard to believe it's the same tractor you first posted the picture of! Very impressive!


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Posted July 09, 2017 - 07:15 AM

Great looking tractor. Awesome job. And again, thanks for all the details.
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Posted July 09, 2017 - 08:01 AM

The Tractor looks terrific! ;)

Thanks for taking the time to document all of the details, and work involved.

You certainly must be excited, I would be!!!! "She's a beut Clark"
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Posted July 09, 2017 - 09:43 AM

Looking VERY GOOD there sir, like to see it it someday in person.  :thumbs:


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Posted July 09, 2017 - 11:11 AM

You did a very nice job on the 1053.  Looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.  Great seat cover.


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Posted July 09, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Wow! A thanks from me too for sharing the process.

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Posted July 09, 2017 - 01:17 PM

Very very nice!!!
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Posted July 09, 2017 - 06:17 PM

A beautiful piece of work. Thanks for sharing, now I can show my wife the ideal outcome of all of the time and money!


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Posted July 09, 2017 - 07:46 PM

Great work as usual Stew!

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