Hi to everyone that's been helping me behind the scenes for the last couple months.Been researching the site for info that has helped a LOT. I've been working on my 1050 and using this site for more help than I could have imagined. Great people here and lots of information.
Some history. Back in around 2003 I went out to a guys shop to buy a wood router table. Next doors to him I see this small tractor overgrown with weeds. Hmmm, I'm doing landscaping of my house, so I ask if it's for sale. Yes, $100 later and I bring it home. New battery, rebuild the carb, pull the head to check the cylinder, resurface the head & deck and remove one of the two head gaskets that someone put in, service all the fluids and fire it up and running fine. This came with a rotor tiller and a front plow blade. So for several years, I used it to till up my large corner lot so I could prepare it for a new lawn front & back. Along the way, I built a drag behind scraper that had drop down tines to loosen the soils and remove weeds or debris while I was dragging it, and pull them up to level the ground. I also built a large trench digging wheel that bolts to the right side of the tiller after I unbolt all the tine blades. My property is based on hard pan dirt, so I needed it to dig trenches to do the sprinkler system. This beast never let me down for more than 13 years no mater how long I let it sit or when I called it into service.
A couple years ago or more, I started it up to do some scraping in the back yard, when all of a sudden it popped out of first gear. Other gears still worked so I kept on with the job. After that I parked it and covered it up with a tarp. A few weeks ago a guy showed interest in it when he came to spray the property for bugs. I told him about the gear problem, but he never came back. In the mean time I do research and find this great site. I found, and was hoping, it was just a shifter fork that had broken. So I dug into it and pulled the cover off. NOPE, it's the front gear on the cluster that I ground off over the years of not knowing about proper shifting, as well as that little break shoe that was worn off completely.
With the info on here, I find Brian at Bolens Parts and Supplies. He not only supplied me with seals and other parts, but led me toAwesome Custom Machine, LLC on eBay where he rebuilds the cluster gear. Also finding the process to pull the trans axle apart I get the gear out and ship it out to be repaired.
OK, so here's the 1050 when I got it and was working the property with it. You'll see it looked a lot better then than it does now.
Here it is in the state is is in now with the trans axle out and apart for repairs.
I've been taking it apart piece by piece, inspecting and ordering parts as I go. I'm sure I've got LOTS of parts I'm going to need, but some of the stuff I've found wrong has a lot to do with the previous owners not doing proper work on it. Today I pulled the left axle hub off just to find two of the tension spring washers had been locked under the hub nut. I've been using it this way for years.
The worst of it is that when they put the left axle hub back together, the 1/4" key was slide down too far. They somehow managed to jam it all together, but, with the key in too far it split the end of the internal coupling, AND bent the 1/4" X 1" key in the middle. New one already on the way.
Well, that's it for now. I'm waiting on more parts to come in from Brian. During that time I'll be vapor blasting parts getting them ready to reassemble. This Isn't going to be just a repair and return to service. I've already got the new full 1050 decal set. So this will end up being a full restoration, with help from all the guru's here of coarse!
Thanks for all you have done so far to help the new guys and the old tractors like us.