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#1 Joedogs73 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 06, 2017 - 04:00 PM

I bought a Bolens Estate Keeper (ek10) that been sitting for a while. I'm in the early stages of restoring it, not for show or anything. It is in need of a paint job, my question is should I keep it its original color? I'm not crazy about the color. I Dont know if these things have any value or not, so I Dont want to take the non original approach just to find out later I should of kept it original. Any thoughts?
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Posted May 06, 2017 - 04:19 PM

Hello Welcome to GTT :wave:

 

Do you have any photos of the machine as it sits?

 

I always prefer original paint schemes myself.

Really depends on what your intentions are of the machine.

Anytime you repaint a tractor the value always decreases over the original factory paint, unless it was a frame off restoration done bolt by bolt,  most people like to do their own work on a tractor so repaints that get sold later on often tank in value, even more so if the original colors are altered.

What shape is yours in so we can have a better idea?

 

 

Bolens are great machines , theres alot of good Bolens guys here.


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Posted May 06, 2017 - 07:41 PM

Go to our Manuals Section and download the manuals for the EK. The EKs do have value because they are an interesting machine. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted May 06, 2017 - 07:41 PM

I too prefer original paint, as long as it's not a rust bucket dredged up from the poseidon adventure...


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Posted May 06, 2017 - 08:29 PM

Being aluminum was used for the body rust up top isn't going to be an issue. Stop drill any cracks in the hood to stop the progression. I and a few others have owned estate keepers so ask any questions you may have.

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Posted May 08, 2017 - 07:31 PM

Yea I agree on keeping it original. Right now I'm just focusing on going through the basics to get it going. It looks like the back end was brush painted yellow and the front is white. Overall condition is really good, just minor surface rust here and there on the frame. The mower deck has a couple small rusted holes, but nothing too concerning. My major concern is the engine, because the previous owner passed away and I bought it from his son who had limited info on any pass issues. I do know that it was parked years ago cause it wouldn't start. So we shall see. I just turned it over for the first time today and noticed there was no spark.

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Posted May 08, 2017 - 08:44 PM

:welcome: Aboard  :good_job:  On that catch !!! The price it listed at, :beerchug:   makes that A gift to you, IMO,

  Good Luck  :thumbs:

 

AND, If you feel ANY guilt or buyers remorse...I'm not far away  :D 


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Posted May 09, 2017 - 08:07 PM

As for the aluminum castings front and rear being a different color, there were two models of Estate Keepers.  Early on, they were Ek7's and had white aluminum castings front and rear.  Later, they were EK10's and had yellow aluminum castings front and rear.  Since the rear casting is pretty easy to install, I'm  guessing that your machine is an EK7 with the rear casing off an EK10.  The model number should be visible on the small aluminum sheet metal part that has the key start switch and slots for the throttle and choke.  The EK7's were model number 930 (Wisconsin S7D @ 7.25hp) and were built in 1964, 1965, and 1966.  The EK10's are model number 931 (Wisconsin TRA10D @ 10hp) and were built in 1967, 1968, and 1969.

 

As for no spark, there are manuals for both of these engines in the Manuals section.  There are parts manuals, owners manuals, etc for the tractors in the Manuals section.


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Posted May 11, 2017 - 08:30 PM

As for the color, the back looks to be brushed yellow and the reason in saying that is cause some cotter pins have yellow paint on them. The front plate says 931-01.
As for the engine, that does not have a stamp plate with model numbers on it that I found yet. This is causing me to wonder. I been assuming its a Wisconsin TRA-10D. I got the manuals for that model and it shows a fuel pump, however on this motor the fuel line goes directly into the carb.. My knowledge of carbs are basic. Is this normal?

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Posted May 12, 2017 - 12:31 PM

TRA10D could be set up for either a fuel pump or not.  On the EK10 application, there is no fuel pump - gravity feed only. 


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