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#1 Tshostad OFFLINE  

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Posted May 01, 2017 - 06:34 PM

Hello all,

 

The other night I traded some waterjet cut parts I made to a guy for a Bolens G11 with a blade on it! super good deal I thought. Needs some work, but I was a small engine mechanic for 3 years before I went back to a cnc operator. Anyways, when I was a kid I believe it was a 1050 I had with a hydraulic lift setup, tiller, and blade, man I loved that thing! So now being older I wanted to find my son one.

 

So I got this thing home, and I have been going through it. has a briggs and Stratton engine and I am very familiar with those. Whoever owned it before clipped the points wire and went with the newer magneto. I have heard these don't run well on those?

 

Ive also been wanting to figure out how to get a hydraulic set up installed, Ive read I could use a power steering pump and such, but I also thought about a linier actuator. Do you think they would have enuff force to push a blade or roto tiller up? Just wondering...

 

Ive also heard these G11's are hard to find? Not a lot of information on them online... Im thinking I may try and restore this one the best I can.

 

I found a mower deck im going to try and buy for it tomarow.

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Posted May 01, 2017 - 07:00 PM

Welcome to GTT :wave:

 

Looks like a project tractor , but sounds like you have the skills to bring her back to life.

 years ago the G11 seemed to be an elusive creature but the past couple years it seems like they are all coming out of the woodwork.

Still not a tractor as common as the 1050 though.

 

I havent heard of the B&S magnetron systems being a pain but I am a fan of points ignition myself, guess I'm old school .

 

The gear driven tubeframes used optional lift kits you could buy to add a hydraulic lift for attachments


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Posted May 01, 2017 - 07:13 PM

I have a couple Bolens 1054's, they are newer than your old 1050, but older than the G11. I am pretty sure there is a post on here about making a hydraulic lift from a power steering pump ( very similar to the factory setup Bolens 1000 mentioned). I was considering using a linear actuator as a lift on one of mine. There are some of these that would easily have the power to lift a blade, tiller or other heavy implements, but the ones I looked at had a very low rate of travel. You may find something better suited than I have, but be sure to look at the rate of travel as well as the lift capacity when you are checking them out.

 

BTW welcome to the site.

 

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Posted May 01, 2017 - 07:18 PM

A couple parts on it are going to be hard to find such as the correct PTO with a functional  PTO brake.The newer coil should be just fine.I put a Magnetron ignition coil on my G11/1254 mutt and it ran strong and smooth.

 

My G11 was very very rough when I got it.Water froze in the rear and busted the tranny and some how they knocked off the whole front axle assembly and bent both frame rails.But the engine,dash,hood and rear fenders were usable so I put everything on a Parts tractor I had and it turned into a really good tractor.

 

 

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Posted May 01, 2017 - 07:27 PM

Welcome to Gttalk!  Could you post the serial number so I can add it to my G11 list? 


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Posted May 01, 2017 - 07:49 PM

  Sounds like you are really excited to have your new to you tractor. Enjoy the rebuild.  Look around the sight for a while. you will that it is an amazingly diverse group. You will find members here doing every thing from "glue it together and make it work" to "ground up total restoration" With branches of into custom fabrication, and high dollar customization that is near art. Welcome aboard and enjoy the sight.Don


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Posted May 01, 2017 - 07:53 PM

  If you click at the top of the page where it says,"time to vote for tractor of the month" you will see some amassing work. Don


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Posted May 01, 2017 - 09:18 PM

Thank you for all the kind replies. I will enjoy searching this site. There is so much to learn about these little tractors!!!

My serial # 0100327
Model # 1155
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Posted May 01, 2017 - 09:42 PM

Thank you for all the kind replies. I will enjoy searching this site. There is so much to learn about these little tractors!!!

My serial # 0100327
Model # 1155

 

 

Thanks your tractor is number 227 off the factory line.

 

These are the other G11 serial numbers I have as of right now. 

 

1155-01 100113

1155-01 100150

1155-01 100229

1155-01 100296

1155-01 100327

1155-01 100332

1155-01 100455

1155-01 100467

1155-01 100475

1155-01 100700

1155-01 100813

1155-01 100822

1155-01 100831

1155-01 100864


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Posted May 02, 2017 - 12:25 AM

Good pick up. I have a G11 myself which needs a restoration. They are one of the more rare models, made just one model year, 1978 I believe. You've probably noticed too that the G11 has a unique color decal set- sporting orange fading to yellow colored decals (on the fender too) and (originally) a purple seat.
There aren't too many out there and they're rarely discussed on this forum. Please post some more pics, we'd all love to see them. As you start tearing into it, please post and let us know how it goes. I personally am very interested and would like to see more G11 exposure here.
Good luck with it!


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Posted May 02, 2017 - 03:54 AM

It's interesting when you look at the serial numbers of the ones that we know of.

 

Note that there is yet to be one found that has a 4 digit SN.

 

I'm thinking that there were very few, when compared to the other tube frame models, produced.

 

It's quite possible that there were fewer than 1000 made.


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Posted May 02, 2017 - 06:06 AM

Welcome to GTT. Check out our Manuals Section for the info that you want.  Don't put an effort into adding power lift until you have it all running well. You may find that the power lift is not needed. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted May 02, 2017 - 02:43 PM

Good pick up. I have a G11 myself which needs a restoration. They are one of the more rare models, made just one model year, 1978 I believe. You've probably noticed too that the G11 has a unique color decal set- sporting orange fading to yellow colored decals (on the fender too) and (originally) a purple seat.
There aren't too many out there and they're rarely discussed on this forum. Please post some more pics, we'd all love to see them. As you start tearing into it, please post and let us know how it goes. I personally am very interested and would like to see more G11 exposure here.
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I didn't realise the G11 originally had a purple seat. I tried to buy a G11 in Northern Ireland last year but the seller's wife wouldn't ship it over to the UK as it would be too expensive to justify it for an old garden tractor.... Gutted.

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Posted May 02, 2017 - 03:30 PM

I have a few engine parts on order they should be in tomarow night. Ive torn the engine down, has good compression so I am sure she will fire up! The only suspicion I have is when I was loading it onto my car trailer at the guys house. the rear wheels didn't roll very freely.... I pulled the pin out of the right rear tire, If I remember right that was just a posi lock pin tho? but it did help some, the tire would skid unless u put some weight on the seat then it would roll some. Maybe just been sitting a while and needs some new lube!


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Posted May 02, 2017 - 03:56 PM

The pin in the right hub is to let it free-wheel. It has a worm drive rearend that does not normally allow it to free-wheel in neutral. Your old 1050 would have had a large nut on the end of the left rear axle shaft that would lock the diff. I'm not sure if the G11 has that feature or not.

 

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