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Posted February 16, 2018 - 03:32 PM

Hi, I’m sam and 13 from Northern Ireland.
My family owns a garden-care buisness and has for about 50-60 years, I have two john deer 68’s, a bolens husky 1050 (I think), a wolf garten cart and a huffy caprice . All of these are incredibly rare this part of the world.
So I want to paint the bolens, the man who had it before me had put a Citroen 2cv engine in it and goes really well but I need to know the creamy white colour and the brown colour if anyone can help.
Also I believe this is a bolens 1050, but am not sure any help appreciated.
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Posted February 16, 2018 - 05:36 PM

Hi Sam - Welcome to GTTalk

 

If you want to check out this link to the Bolens "pinned" section it may help you with some information on the Bolens paint colours as it lists the Cordovan Metallic as a very close match for the brown that was used on the Bolens 1050's during the 1960's  - http://gardentractor...ns-paint-codes/

 

There is a pdf in the first post that you can open and look at to see some of the colours to give you an idea of what some of the colours look like.

 

A few members have had the Cordovan Metallic mixed at an Automotive Parts Store using the paint formula for the brown that some American Motors Passenger Cars were painted in 1965 - Mix Code of P12A - you can see a Bolens 1000 that was painted this colour in the pdf.  There is a thread of the refreshing process that member blackjackjakexxix did here - http://gardentractor...he-bolens-1000/

 

I am not sure if anyone has identified an exact match for the creamy white colour - Bolens changed the shade slightly on the white depending on what year the tractor was produced if memory serves me correctly.

 

If you do a post in the Bolens section on the site other Bolens members might be able to tell you what they have used for the white.

 

All the members enjoy seeing pictures of tractors so feel free to post them on the site in the appropriate section and the members here will try and help you as best they can.

 

The Bolens section is located here - http://gardentractor...-tractor-forum/

 

The John Deere section is located here - http://gardentractor...-tractor-forum/


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Posted February 16, 2018 - 06:29 PM

Welcome to GTT. If you need any manuals, check our Manuals Section(3 free downloads per day). Good Luck, Rick
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Posted February 17, 2018 - 03:29 AM

Post some pictures.


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Posted February 17, 2018 - 01:10 PM

Ok, so thanks guys I’ll try to get pics possibly on Monday, but I don’t know, anyone know where I could get decals, in the uk? Thanks Sam

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Posted February 17, 2018 - 02:45 PM

And anyone know where I could get a bolens seat? Mine is a foam one, but I’d like a original style one.
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Posted February 17, 2018 - 06:00 PM

One of our members makes reproduction seats. 29 Chev http://gardentractor.../63590-29-chev/ may sell you one. Contact him directly. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted February 17, 2018 - 06:49 PM

And anyone know where I could get a bolens seat? Mine is a foam one, but I’d like a original style one.
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If you need the actual steel seat pan you can probably purchase a used one as they do come up for sale periodically in the U.S.A. - the shipping to Ireland might make it rather expensive.  Another option might be to make one - if you do not have the skills you might find someone locally that might be able to help you (could even make it a school shop project - just a thought).  If you look at this thread it shows how I made one out of some 16 gauge steel - http://gardentractor...s-1050-project/

 

As for the cover you can check out this thread as it shows how I made a new cover for my 1050 - http://gardentractor...-cover-project/

 

​You can also check out this thread as it gives detailed information on how to make a seat cover for a Bolens 850 garden tractor   - http://gardentractor...a-lawn-tractor/

 

The padding that was used was 1-1/2" thick padding which you could probably purchase locally from an upholstery shop.

 

Making a new seat cover could be another school project for you to earn some extra school credit and have a seat you can say you did yourself - just a suggestion.  You do not need an industrial sewing machine to sew vinyl - they make the job a lot easier but a sewing awl can do the same job - just takes longer.

 

You could check with member Bolens800UK as he posted that he replaced a black cover on his 1050 recently and may still have the old one that you could use as a pattern - just a suggestion.

 

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Posted February 18, 2018 - 05:26 AM

If you need the actual steel seat pan you can probably purchase a used one as they do come up for sale periodically in the U.S.A. - the shipping to Ireland might make it rather expensive.  Another option might be to make one - if you do not have the skills you might find someone locally that might be able to help you (could even make it a school shop project - just a thought).  If you look at this thread it shows how I made one out of some 16 gauge steel - http://gardentractor...s-1050-project/
 
As for the cover you can check out this thread as it shows how I made a new cover for my 1050 - http://gardentractor...-cover-project/
 
​You can also check out this thread as it gives detailed information on how to make a seat cover for a Bolens 850 garden tractor   - http://gardentractor...a-lawn-tractor/
 
The padding that was used was 1-1/2" thick padding which you could probably purchase locally from an upholstery shop.
 
Making a new seat cover could be another school project for you to earn some extra school credit and have a seat you can say you did yourself - just a suggestion.  You do not need an industrial sewing machine to sew vinyl - they make the job a lot easier but a sewing awl can do the same job - just takes longer.
 
You could check with member Bolens800UK as he posted that he replaced a black cover on his 1050 recently and may still have the old one that you could use as a pattern - just a suggestion.
 
http://gardentractor...050-seat-cover/


Ok thanks, remember I’m 13 so I don’t have school credits etc just yet , but my dad 20 years ago was one of the best welders in Northern Ireland, and still is so he could probably make something up, but he’s always busy so I’ve learnt everything from my grandad and just figuring it out, thanks again
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Posted February 18, 2018 - 09:04 AM

Ok thanks, remember I’m 13 so I don’t have school credits etc just yet , but my dad 20 years ago was one of the best welders in Northern Ireland, and still is so he could probably make something up, but he’s always busy so I’ve learnt everything from my grandad and just figuring it out, thanks again

 

It is nice that you have your granddad to help you - enjoy your time with him and learning from him.

 

Forgot to mention that in this post there are pictures with sizes in posts #58, 59 of the seat pan.  In post #60 there are three pdf's that you can download and print off that should give you fairly accurate drawings of how the corner curves are shaped around the edge - double check the sizes as some printers may change the scale of the drawings making them a bit larger or smaller than what they should be.  I noticed this morning that the pdf's links appeared to not to work so I have reloaded the pdf's and the links now appear to work.

 

http://gardentractor...age-4?&p=604136 
 


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Posted February 18, 2018 - 09:38 AM

Thanks again 29 Chev, you’ve been very helpful so far.
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Posted February 18, 2018 - 09:39 AM

You also said that the picture you did, about the clutch? I found it should I have mine set to around that and it should be grand, thanks

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Posted February 18, 2018 - 09:53 AM

Also anyone know where I could find a dashboard decal. The man who had built it with his pal had tampered with the dash about the sticker is ok, but there are a few holes I wouldn’t like there, should I fill them up?

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Posted February 18, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Also anyone know where I could find a used light switch? The push in and out one for the bolen, thanks

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Posted February 19, 2018 - 06:29 AM

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