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Poll: Keep original bolts? (20 member(s) have cast votes)

Keep original bolts?

  1. Try to save original bolts (2 votes [10.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 10.00%

  2. Voted Replace with new (14 votes [70.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 70.00%

  3. Other: please explain (4 votes [20.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.00%

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#1 awol OFFLINE  

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Posted October 21, 2011 - 05:17 PM

It's hard to talk GT's when Kenny is going through what he is.
I spent all day blasting and priming the rest of the parts to get ready for paint. I will place an order with Jestin to get her back to where she should be. I would like to know if it would be a negative to replace all the nut's and bolts with new ones.(ni-locks and such) It has a lot of cross breading of nut's and bolts, I just don't have time to try to keep what is there? Please feel free to voice your opinion about this.


Edited by MH81, October 21, 2011 - 07:12 PM.

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#2 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted October 21, 2011 - 05:40 PM

After the last two rounds of implement reassembly with Orig bolts, I would advise to replace with new unless they are special or unique and visible. The plow really fought me during reassembly and I almost did replace them, but the share bolts were 7/16 coarse. A size I don't have a lot of, let alone plow bolts... If I'd only known...

BTW, I added a poll to this, and, as it sounds as you are planning on doing this soon, I capped it at 10 days.

Edited by MH81, October 21, 2011 - 05:45 PM.


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Posted October 21, 2011 - 05:59 PM

awol, thank you. But I don't expect the world to stop until this is over. The updates allow me to let go and share with all of you. And you have not in any way offended me. I am very thankful to know all of you are here.
Now, on the bolts. If you feel new is needed, go for it. It might be nice to use the original, but sometimes it's just not feasible.

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Posted October 21, 2011 - 06:45 PM

I've replaced a lot of mine with new.

I'm a BIG fan of the Ny-Loc nuts as well. They are SO much better than lock washers.

One thing to remember is that bolts stretch, and if you tighten them too many time the don't stay snug.
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Posted October 21, 2011 - 07:03 PM

[quote name='BTW, I added a poll to this, and, as it sounds as you are planning on doing this soon, I capped it at 10 days.[/QUOTE']
I did not know that there was a poll on this!!! 10 days seems a little quick.IMHO

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Posted October 21, 2011 - 07:40 PM

Lets see , I replace bolts and nuts , when I break them , torch or cut them , but mostly when I lose them, really , Al
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Posted October 21, 2011 - 07:44 PM

I usually replace the nuts and bolts when I restore my Bolens.

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Posted October 21, 2011 - 08:30 PM

Like many have already said, I generally use the original bolts if they are servicable, but I have no qualms about replacing them if need be.

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Posted October 21, 2011 - 08:33 PM

I did not know that there was a poll on this!!! 10 days seems a little quick.IMHO


Ok, I made it 20 LOL.

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Posted October 22, 2011 - 12:27 AM

well if your tractor has a special length bolt, or in the case of a cub, that has ih stamped in the head, then you probally could just use what you wanted. Some tractors like the DB use some odd length bolts, all the handimans use the sq headed ones. Ive never notice whats on a Bolens.


Plow bolts are easy to get a almost any farm store, if there to long just run the nut down and saw them off. I hardly ever reuse them.

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Posted October 22, 2011 - 04:17 AM

I will save old bolts only when they are in good shape.Otherwise I replace,bolts aren't that expensive.

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Posted October 22, 2011 - 04:43 AM

Voted go with New bolts and nuts.

Just because EVERY used tractor I've ever owned has had atleast a couple (some had dozens) of stubborn rusted,pitted and just plain old Worn out bolts in them that made restoration or fixing them a PITA.

I put Stainless bolts and Stainless Ny-Lock nuts everywhere that's visible and every place that will come in contact with Grass,dirt or water such as Deck spindle bolts.

There are still a few places around that sell nuts and bolts by the pound.

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Posted October 22, 2011 - 05:50 AM

We have bought nuts and bolts at TSC. I'm sure that most folks know that they sell them by the pound which makes them inexpensive. It is so much easier to work with new bolts.Like Lauber1 said if you have a specially stamped bolt it would be great to save. As for length, if it fits and is too long,the rascal just gets cut.

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Posted October 22, 2011 - 06:38 AM

I generally replace them when they are standard items. Make sure you use the correct grade of bolt. I try to save bolts with manu. markings, like the bolts with MF stamped on the head on my 8. It can end up costing a lot for hardware. I tend to go to a local store that has really good prices and buy a stock of common length of 1/4, 5/16 and 3/8 bolts nuts etc. That way I can replace them on the fly.
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Posted October 22, 2011 - 07:18 AM

I went with the 'other' option. If the bolt is not 'standard', it's hard to find replacement. If it is a normal, I will use new or a 'better condition'.




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