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#1 Dukedkt442 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 30, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Hello all, I'm new to the Bolens game, having just picked up a 70s vintage tube frame from a friend at work. It joins my '16 Husqvarna LT 54" deck, 1965 Jacobson and restored 1986 Snapper RER. According to the tag, it is model # 855, but after reading the article on tube frames, didn't see that specific model listed, so I'm a little confused as to how old it is. Visual color cues are self evident in the pictures, but the tractor has seen several repaints. The black frame looks original though. Black frame, white hood and wheels implies mid 70s, but it has the smaller fender pan (that doesn't cover the front sides of the rear wheels) like the 60s. The tractor does not have a separate lever for hi-low range and requires a belt-switch (much to my chagrin), nor does it have the locking rear differential (making sense being an 800-series). The engine is not original; originally the tractor was electric start, but now has a pull start 8hp B&S of unknown vintage.

With the tractor came a plow, mower deck (which I had to remove to drive it onto my trailer), snowblower and rear tiller. It runs fine enough so that after I acquire a seat I'll be able to use it this winter to plow my driveway.

My plan is to then take it apart to every nut and bolt to restore it come spring; I had to add some washers to the drive belt tensioner to move it closer to the engine, because whenever the clutch was depressed the belt would fall off the pulleys. I'm assuming the tensioner pulley should have a lip on it to prevent that. The belt for the PTO is too short, as even when disengaged, the mower blades spin slightly. The cable that keeps the hood from opening too far is gone so the hood opens too far, which cracked the hood on both sides of the hinge mount. It's a bit tough to get into gear, but for all I know there's no fluid or there's water in the transmission anyway. I'll eventually get an electric start engine back in it, either Kohler or Wisconsin.

If anyone has items they see that must be addressed, or insight into details of its vintage, I'd love to hear.
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Posted September 30, 2017 - 02:25 PM

Hello Welcome to GTT :wave:

 

If you post a photo of your tractor we can ID it for you


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Posted September 30, 2017 - 04:02 PM

Yup getting to it...being a first time poster on my phone I couldn't see how to post pics.

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Posted September 30, 2017 - 04:18 PM

Hopefully the pics show up? Reading the tube frame article again, if a G10 is also known as 1055, perhaps the G9 is 855?

Thanks for the welcome. I've been stalking the rebuild posts for a while in anticipation of getting this one. I've only got one pic uploaded for now, I can't see how to upload more than one from my phone (my computer is home, I drove 2 hours to get the tractor).

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Posted September 30, 2017 - 04:20 PM

The implements: plow, snowblower, tiller and mower deck.

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Posted September 30, 2017 - 04:21 PM

Implements

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Posted September 30, 2017 - 04:27 PM

Tractor. Sorry for multiple posts...I realized why I couldn't attach multiple pics, I wasn't giving enough time for them to load.

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Posted September 30, 2017 - 04:28 PM

855 would be whats called a G9  made 1976-1977

 

Original motor should be the B&S 8HP 190417-090201

 

Too bad they cut the hood like that, otherwise looks to be in decent shape and a good project tractor

Did you get the seat and fender with it?


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Posted September 30, 2017 - 04:34 PM

I have the rear fender, which is 60s style short fender. There is no seat. Tractor needs attention, but operates and is solid.
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Posted September 30, 2017 - 04:36 PM

More pic. Sorry for the duplicate previously.

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Posted September 30, 2017 - 05:08 PM

Ok thanks for the quick info on G9. Tractor is a few years newer than I was told (not that it matters to me). I had purchased this to replace the Jake simply because I don't want too large a herd, but this tractor will receive the full treatment, so the Jake will stick around for a while for work duties.

I'm confused how the manual belt switch works for hi-lo... there should be two separate belts, correct? Same tensioner for both? Where does the belt not in use "hang out"? I see the smaller engine side pulley and larger shaft-side pulley. The guy I got it from gave me a couple of belts, no idea where they go.

I didn't even notice the hood cut outs on both sides until attention was brought to them, to clear the engine it seems. When I swap engines, I'll repair and patch the hood.
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Posted September 30, 2017 - 05:11 PM

This one is a single belt drive and PTO

You have to stop the motor and manually move the belt to the other pulley for hi/lo

 

One pulley has no belt when in operation


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Posted September 30, 2017 - 05:20 PM

Awesome thank you.

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Posted September 30, 2017 - 05:25 PM

Welcome aboard,looks like a good starter project
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Posted September 30, 2017 - 05:32 PM

Thanks!

I will say I was slightly disheartened to find out it didn't have locking diff or lever-actuated hi-lo, but for the price, I can't complain. I'll address the major items now and do a full tear down in the spring, unless I happen upon a higher-series tractor.

From my perusals of this site, I can tell it is incredibly informative. Looking forward to learning more about these tractors, and posting my progress.
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