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Posted July 20, 2011 - 09:50 AM

First off I'm new to the forum and also a proud new to me Bolens 1050 owner! My grandpa gave me the tractor as a house warming gift. The Tractor has been barely been used over the 25 years he has owned it. Literally only started a few times a year and is 100% original as far as I know with the exception of the hood being repainted many years ago. I will post some pictures hopefully this afternoon.

My question is how do I find out what year the tractor is? Is there a serial number somewhere that will tell me when it was built or any other key ways to tell? Any and all help is appreciated!

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Posted July 20, 2011 - 05:32 PM

Welcome to the Forum!

You came to the right place for Bolens information :thumbs:

If the engine is original you can get the year of manufacture by the engine's serial number.
The 1050 was made from 1966-1969

If you have a picture of your 1050 it may help with the year identification as well.
There are a few things on the tractor like steering wheel and paint shade that can also help ID it.

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Posted July 20, 2011 - 05:43 PM

Welcome to the forum. I'm know very little about Bolens but I rest assured you are in fine hands when the Dr. is helping you. Hope you enjoy your stay here. Plenty of help from very knowledgeable folks.

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 01:19 AM

:welcometogttalk: Your grandpa must love you a lot to give you such a nice gift. I sure hope you enjoy your new home.Please post some pics of your gift when time allows.

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 06:46 AM

I was able to find out that the engine as manufactured in January 1966 by the serial number on the motor plate but that is as far as I have gotten so far. Also noticed that the tractor has had a few things changed over the years. For one it has a wheel horse seat on it and the exhaust was repaired at some point and does not come out in the same spot ( where the hood cut out is) Other than that everything appears correct. Here are a couple pictures I took of it yesterday.

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 06:59 AM

Is there any chance that the steering wheel was swapped during its time? Looking at the steering wheel it looks to be from 68'-69'
Yours appears to have the "grips" on the sides.
Is the tractor magneto or battery ignition?

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 07:00 AM

Nice looking 1050. The muffler looks as thought the fitting was tightened, which rotated it away for the cutout. Is it pipe threads on the connection? Not sure what could be used to align it with the cutout and still have a good seal at the head. At least the seat is in good condition.
Maybe the Dr. has a prescription for this.

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 07:12 AM

My Guess on the muffler is the original pipe was swapped out.
The original pipe was sort of "S" shaped

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 07:24 AM

Is there any chance that the steering wheel was swapped during its time? Looking at the steering wheel it looks to be from 68'-69'
Yours appears to have the "grips" on the sides.
Is the tractor magneto or battery ignition?


I suppose it is possible but I don't recall anyone every changing the steering wheel. When my Grandpa bought his home around 30 years ago the tractor came with the property so for the first 10-15 years of the tractors life I don't have any history on it.

How would I tell if the motor is battery or magneto ignition? It has a standard coil (looks very similar to ones found on older cars) so im going to guess it is a battery ignition system??

Nice looking 1050. The muffler looks as thought the fitting was tightened, which rotated it away for the cutout. Is it pipe threads on the connection? Not sure what could be used to align it with the cutout and still have a good seal at the head. At least the seat is in good condition.
Maybe the Dr. has a prescription for this.


Yes the exhaust is pipe threads.

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 07:26 AM

My Guess on the muffler is the original pipe was swapped out.
The original pipe was sort of "S" shaped


I think you are right. The exhaust pipe looks nothing like the one you just posted. It looks like its made out of standard black pipe and put together with a coulple 45 degreepipe fittings and threaded together.

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 07:41 AM

ok.. If its got a coil then you should have a TRA-10D Battery ignition engine.
I'm guessing you may have a 1968.
The 1966 models used a TR-10D magneto ignition.

If that steering wheel is original and I think it is, you have either a 1968- 1969 1050

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 01:03 PM

Thank you for all of the help!! I'm sure I'll have more question in the future!

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Posted July 21, 2011 - 02:53 PM

Glad we could be of some help :thumbs:

Just let us know if you have any more questions

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Posted February 27, 2015 - 08:48 PM

Hi Guys,

 

New to the forum.  I am starting a resto on a Bolens 1050 and would like to know the year.  The engine serial number is 4252558 and the engine model is a TRA-10D.

 

Thanks!



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Posted February 28, 2015 - 08:08 AM

Welcome to the forum jimnut, and very nice looking 1050. You will really enjoy the capabilities of that old iron brute.




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