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#1 Heinen86 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 26, 2017 - 06:42 PM

Hey guys so I'm brand new to the hobby of restoring old garden tractors. I'm a maintenance millwright by trade and restored a 69 Chevelle so I'm capable of doing the work. I will be picking up my Bolens 1220 tomorrow. She runs/shifts/steers and drives very nice. And cosmetically doesn't look to bad! But I plan on stripping it completely down and going through it. And during this I know like with my car is where you start finding things wrong. Is there any of you who have restored a 1220? What were the biggest issues you ran into? Hardest part/parts to find? Parts that they no longer make? Decals? Are you able to find parts to rebuild the engine or transmission? Or buy a new engine or transmission that will work on it? I found and printed off a parts manual so I got that. Any other helpful sites to use?
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Posted June 26, 2017 - 07:00 PM

Welcome to the Forum! Not sure about a Bolens 1220, But I like your reference to this being a hobby. I am more a Sears / Craftsman person, but I tend to be very picky on the restores. The older the machine, the harder it is to source parts, but that can be 1/2 the fun of a challenge. I'm sure some Bolens folks will chime in soon.   


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Posted June 26, 2017 - 07:03 PM

Thank you! Oh yeah like with cars the searching was half the battle...I mean fun. Lol.
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Posted June 26, 2017 - 07:38 PM

Welcome to GTT. When your Chevelle was new, Bolens was the largest manufacturer of garden tractors. We have several sponsors that are really good at finding Bolens parts, so check with them. Also keep your eyes open for parts tractors. Check our Manuals Section for the manuals that you need. Post some pics. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 26, 2017 - 08:06 PM

Hi Heinen86. Welcome to the forum! There is definitely a wealth of information and a lot of knowledgeable folks here. I've been in the Bolens hobby- and a member here- for just over a year. I don't think I've seen a thread on a 1220 restore, but there have been plenty of threads lately regarding other models of geared tube frames which are similar. And certainly there is always a lot of talk about the Tecumseh engines.
Before you dive in to your 1220 you could look through some past threads of work on other geared tube frames. Once you start, post your own resto thread and you'll get lots of good help and advice if you get hung up on anything.
Parts can be a humdinger to find sometimes. It is part of the fun. Our site sponsors are helpful and friendly folks.
I haven't done a restore, just getting the ones I have in good mechanic shape. I say don't sweat it too much. Jump right in. If you're not happy when you're done, restore another Bolens!
Good luck.

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Posted June 26, 2017 - 08:32 PM

Thanks guys! I'm looking forward to getting started and sharing my build!
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Posted June 26, 2017 - 09:40 PM

Welcome aboard! You will find that working on one tractor opens up lots of possibilities for getting two tractors, three tractors, four........ you can see where this is going, right? I started with one that worked, then it quit so I got another that worked and another for parts for the first one, now have five. Three of them work and two, well, that's another story.

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Posted June 27, 2017 - 01:35 AM

I believe every one hear loves pictures. I don't have a Bolens, 2 John Deere 1 cub 1 sears 1 craftsman 1 8N 2 Minneapolis Moline and an AC but no Bolens. Yet. Don


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Posted June 27, 2017 - 03:26 AM

:welcometogttalk:  :wewantpics:


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Posted June 27, 2017 - 06:55 AM

Here's a manual that will be invaluable for you.

 

http://gardentractor...anual-552875-1/


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Posted June 27, 2017 - 07:28 AM

Welcome to GTT, nice to have you :thumbs:


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Posted June 27, 2017 - 07:43 AM

Welcome aboard,you should be able to find almost everything you'll need to do a resto,some parts will be a challenge to track down,there are some sponsors here who deal with the Bolens parts and should be able to help,you may end up having to look for some good used parts as not everything is available new,good luck with your purchase and as others said,can't wait for pics
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Posted June 27, 2017 - 08:25 AM

Welcome to the forum!

As others have said parts are readily available for the most part for both the motor and tractor

If you have any questions along the way there are lots of good guys here to help.


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Posted June 27, 2017 - 02:33 PM

Thanks all! Appreciate the kind words! Thanks for the info!




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