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#121 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted June 12, 2020 - 04:39 AM

Looks great! Thanks for taking us along!


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Posted June 12, 2020 - 04:51 AM

Nice looking tractor and loader!  I like the yellow on the fel.  You have a machine that will last a long time.  
 
I noticed a red articulated tractor in the background of one of your pictures.  It that a Toro or Hesston GMT?


That’s a 31hp turbo ventrac. It has 6k+ hours on it and needed an entire rebuild. Engine, hydraulic pump, every hydraulic lines both hydraulic motors cause its 4x4 and numerous chassis parts. They are a neat machine just a total bear to work on as there’s no rooms for your hands anywhere.
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Posted June 12, 2020 - 05:02 AM

MAN, what a solid looking outfit all together!! My compliments. You sir have a great reward there after all your hard work... a brand new loader you have! You'll want to keep that one locked up at night, what a desirable machine.
 
You did a very nice job piecing it altogether with some nice parts to boot. A very capable machine in deed. Keep us posted on your future projects with it! :thumbs:
 
Not to spend anymore of your money, but Sam offers a J14 decal kit should you ever be persuaded. http://www.samsbolens.com/Decals.html
 
I'll tell you what, a guy can sure start getting used to these LF loader build / refurbish threads! :D  :worshippy1:


Thanks Austen, while this loader is almost done this thread is far from over as you know these old girls need upkeep and pictures are always fun to share.
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Posted June 14, 2020 - 11:45 AM

Had a chance to make a muffler brace this morning while the baby was sleeping. Also loaded it and my Mott up, it seems code enforcement is harassing my mother as she no longer maintains the towns access road since I moved out. More pictures will fallow. (Ps I have a new used trailer lined up just waiting on the title from the dmv)
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Posted June 14, 2020 - 12:03 PM

Nice work on the HT23 and the loader.
Now it's off to do it's first project - pretty sweet. Have fun!

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Posted June 14, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Nice work on the HT23 and the loader.
Now it's off to do it's first project - pretty sweet. Have fun!
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I’m taking it mainly as I need it to get the Mott in and out of the bed of my 2500 lol. Maybe I’ll find some work for it while I’m there though.
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Posted June 17, 2020 - 08:13 PM

Been playing with the loader when opportunity knocks and I’m finding opportunities whenever i can. The one cylinder leaks and Friday a new round of o rings will be here. I tore the rod o ring and replaced it with a low quality replacement and prayed for the best.

And finally the big news of the night I was able to get a hold of a NOS power steering kit. It’s missing the hard lines but it was meant for an ht18/ht20 so I was going to have to make them anyways.

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Edited by JohnWR, June 17, 2020 - 08:14 PM.

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Posted June 17, 2020 - 08:16 PM

Wow, that NOS p/s is a heck of a find. That'll sure help 👍
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Posted June 17, 2020 - 08:22 PM

Wow, that NOS p/s is a heck of a find. That'll sure help


I’m hoping for it wasn’t cheap by any means. But should be a shoulder saver lol.
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Posted June 17, 2020 - 10:07 PM

That's quite a slam dunk in the community of Bolens, congratulations on the find! You'll love having it with the loader. :thumbs:


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Posted June 22, 2020 - 05:53 PM

Power steering showed up today as expecting the metal lines and brackets are long gone. It was missing 2 fitting as well. I ordered the 2 fittings I need from surplus center and should have them Friday.

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My new trailer also came in nothing to special 6-14 dual axle from tractor supply.

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Posted June 26, 2020 - 06:38 PM

Power steering is installed, made some lines and brackets today.

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Posted June 29, 2020 - 07:21 PM

Had the 23 out today and cut an aces road on my property so I could make a place to dispose on the tree debris from all the trees I’m removing.

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Posted June 30, 2020 - 12:20 PM

Nice addition with the power steering.  Without power steering you don't have to work so hard in the weight room. :)






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