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#1 I use 1220 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 16, 2011 - 11:41 AM

I have used this 1220 since I was 10 years old, and that was many moons ago now.

Recently I tore it apart and repainted it and put a HH120 long block replacement engine in that I sourced from an old Bolens dealer here in Oregon. (The engine was still in the Tecumseh box). I have pictures of the new engine, but I can't find them at the moment.

What you don't see here is the fact that the tractor sat, unused for about 10 years in a field behind my Uncle's house after a tree fell on it during a bad storm. It bent the tube frame into a U-shape and I had to source another frame for the tractor. Now that the tractor is rebuilt it regularly works on our hobby farm doing everything from mowing to tilling and hauling debris.

To me, the Bolens tube frames are the best garden tractors ever made. Even next to Cub Cadet they just are superior. That last pic is my good friend Colin digging a ride on the tractor during the engine break-in.


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Posted July 16, 2011 - 12:08 PM

So what color are you painting it,I see the hood is now red.

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 12:56 PM

No, I painted it white like it is supposed to be. The finished product is in the picture where it is pulling the trailer. The red is oxide primer, which I use on all my tractor restorations since it seems to be far more durable than other primers I have used. It works for the Navy, anyway... :)

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 01:22 PM

Hi, I use 1220, Thanks for sharing about the history of your tractor and posting some cool photos! I hear a hint of pride in your posting when you speak of the bolens :smile1: I like that!!!!!! welcome to the group, and it might be nice to share your source on the motor, we are all looking for parts at one time or another:smile1:.

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 08:45 PM

Thats a great story of your tractor
You did a nice job making it look like new.

I see you got the hydraulic lift on it too!



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Posted July 17, 2011 - 10:51 PM

Thanks for sharing a part of your families history with us. And it's a very nice GT Too

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Posted July 18, 2011 - 04:00 AM

Nice 1220, Great Story Too

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Posted July 18, 2011 - 04:49 AM

Nice job on your 1220. Congrats.

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Posted July 18, 2011 - 05:51 AM

:welcometogttalk: Good to hear of success, especially a tractor with so much memories. Looks like it is ready for quite a few more years of service. Glad you found the forum and hope you enjoy your stay here. Thanks for the history on this 1220 and the pics.