Feature Tractor For October 2018
Attached are picture of my Bolens 1053 Tube Frame series tractor that started out life around 1970. It left the Bolens factory with great hopes and a bright future but had an "interesting" journey along the way with some non factory modifications and as it neared what it probably thought was the end of its life it ended up with me as the proud owner. I purchased it about four years ago as a parts tractor and it sat for a couple of years before I got bored and decided to try and return it to a working tractor. Repaired and replaced items that were worn or missing with parts I purchased or made and overhauled and installed a Wisconsin TRA-10D engine that came off my Bolens 1050.
This spring I made and installed a hydraulic lift similar to the hydraulic lift that was offered as an option for the Tube Frame gear drive tractors - not an exact match but works fine. This summer I repaired a 38" mower deck and installed it on the tractor - just got the decals for the deck last week in the mail and got them installed. The deck did not come with a belt cover so I ended up making a cover that is similar to an original cover.
Been having fun with it cutting some of the lawn as a back up unit to my Bolens 1050 with a 42" deck. Hope you enjoy the before and after pictures and thanks for pausing to check out my entry.
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