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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted January 29, 2017 - 08:15 PM

Decided since It likely will be a while before I  find the rest of the tines I need for my mustang tiller I'm going to go ahead and begin the process of restoring my 62' Bolens 600.

 

Have alot to do before this looks like new again like getting a paint code, getting decals remade , rebuilding the engine ect. But hope to have this done by the end of July. I've had this since 2011 and it has always been one of the tractors I wanted to display as it really is an important tractor in Bolens history and now that I finally have the Chrome Hood Ornaments to complete it I can now begin the process :)

 

Engine Removed today....

 

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Posted January 29, 2017 - 08:33 PM

That should keep you out of a little trouble for the next 6 months.  Not sure which one I want to start on first.  Jerking transmission in the QT is the only mechanical issue facing me.


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Posted January 29, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Looks like a great restor project! You have a nice complete machine to start with.
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Posted January 30, 2017 - 05:00 AM

I am looking forward to following this with interest. I need to have a go at my 600 at some point and you have highlighted most of the challanges I am concerned about. I managed to get a NOS Chrome Hood Ornament a while back in preperation and it is still in the original box.

 

Keep us updated as it goes along

 

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Posted January 30, 2017 - 06:54 AM

Nice specimen to start with can't wait to see the results.

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Posted January 30, 2017 - 08:30 AM

Looks like a very nice candidate for a restore - will be looking for updates as you go along.  Are you planning on doing the mower deck as well?



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Posted January 30, 2017 - 08:45 AM

Looks like a very nice candidate for a restore - will be looking for updates as you go along.  Are you planning on doing the mower deck as well?

 

Was planning on trying the front Reel Mower if time permits


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Posted January 30, 2017 - 12:00 PM

I wish I could find one in that shape.  

I don't believe in restoring good survivors, myself --and that is a beautiful example of one.  

But, I wish you luck on the project and will be following.   :wave:


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Posted January 30, 2017 - 12:30 PM

I wish I could find one in that shape.  

I don't believe in restoring good survivors, myself --and that is a beautiful example of one.  

But, I wish you luck on the project and will be following.   :wave:

 

I do agree with you there , but in this case the metallic gold really helps in hiding all the rust and imperfections.

Most of the 600's that were not molested still look like this and the way the machine is, its really not show quality in the ones I display at.


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Posted January 30, 2017 - 01:06 PM

I will be following this with interest even though I won't be restoring mine but the refurbishment of the engine and running gear will be informative.

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Posted January 30, 2017 - 01:54 PM

I will watch this as I have 2x 600s in various states of rust & colours

 

Aim to make a good example out the pair & restore at some point but for now it will be rusty n running :D

 

Got the engine but in bits.

 

Other has a honda fitted :mad2:

 

I would love an example like yours just to oil up


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Posted January 30, 2017 - 09:58 PM

Nice project, im hoping to find a nice 600 eventually.

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Posted February 05, 2017 - 06:36 PM

Engine disassembled this afternoon, boy was it a greasy mess!

Need to do some measuring and see the tolerances of everything , right now it looks like I probably can get away without boring the engine, but there is some light scoring on the walls. Would be cool to find a NOS shortblock to stick in there but thats probably very unlikely

 

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Posted February 05, 2017 - 08:09 PM

Would be cool to find a NOS shortblock to stick in there but thats probably very unlikely.

 

 

 

If I'm not mistaken, you may be able to use a block & piston assy from 170400 or 190400 engine models.  ....I think your crankshaft journals & rear cover will fit those blocks and connecting rods.

 

What is the model & type of your engine?  ....I remember them as being model 143302, but some paperwork says differently.

 

Are your engine numbers on a flat plate attached to the cooling fins? 

 

Is that flywheel puller a B&S tool ?   ...I never saw, or used, one like that.


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Posted February 06, 2017 - 04:11 AM

Well Brian you know what you've always told me, rebuild these things once and they are good to go for another 40yrs. I'm no where near as experienced with small engines as you are, and I'm hoping you will teach me the skills needed someday, but if the cylinder was questionable, I'd lean towards just boring it and it will never need work ever again unless something fails internally. I'm sure that is why your going to measure everything, so I'll just shut my yap for now. Lol! Can't wait to see the thing all shiny!
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