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  1. January 2016: John Deere 420

    I would like to nominate my John Deere 420. I rescued the old girl this last summer from a weedy grave. It was in bad shape. It had been sitting in a field with weeds growed up around it for several years. Tires were flat, the seat was only a rusted seat pan, and the mower deck was still on it but the blades were frozen tight. I have never owned a 420 and wasn't going to let this one go. We settled on a fair price, then loaded her on my trailer.


    I started with a complete under/inside/outside power washing, then cleaned out the gas tank and replaced the fuel shutoff valve, cleaned the carburetor, replaced fuel lines, new fuel pump, replaced front hydraulic fittings, a new battery, new tranny fluid/filter, new rear tires, one new front tire/wheel, new seat, and more. I put a 3-point hitch on it, and found a snow blade for her too. She runs good now and is a welcome member of the 'deere herd' I just wish I had some snow now to push with the blade! Looks a little out of place on a green lawn....


    I took a few pics of her and the 318...........dressed up for Christmas!


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    • Jan 04, 2016 09:03 PM
    • by jimbobbillyray
  2. December 2015: Bolens HT20 With Loader

    Okay then I'd like to nominate BlackJackJakexxix's Bolens HT20 w/FEL & ROPS, I have some before pics of it when we plummed it for PS but cannot find them presently, so..... I've got this:




    Maybe he'll run it out and put some decorations on it for us, shoot some pics,
    I've seen it many times and will many more, always like seeing it, it's a very nice unit, and he did a very nice job on his refurbishment


    Ok,not really su​re how to to do this,so here goes,I have had this tractor for approx. 10 years,I got this from a very good friend of mine who passed away shortly after I got it(for some of you older members his name was Larry Shepard from NY),he asked me if I would help sell his Bolens collection before he passed,I went up to look at what he wanted to sell and decided I wanted it,the tractor was very well maintained,had low hrs and was one of his 3 HT-20's,used mostly to plow snow,when I first got it I used it to cut grass mostly,always garge kept.


    About 2 years ago I had a very good friend plum in the power steering,what a difference it made,last year I picked up the ROPS system for it,it was NEW OLD STOCK and never mounted,came from an old Bolens dealership in Ohio,it was now time to freshen up the tractor and install the ROPS,pulled all the sheet metal,repainted and put all new decals on it,repainted the frame,decided to also pull the Johnson loader off and repaint it,also new decals on it,well the old girl should be good for many more years


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    • Dec 02, 2015 09:56 PM
    • by blackjackjakexxix
  3. November 2015: Sears Roper 20T

    I have to say I am feeling lucky this month, and I would like to nominate "Old Girl", a 1978 Roper 20T. My Co-workers know that I mess with lawnmowers, and will tell me about ones they see while doing their work (Traffic Signal and Sign repair). Most of the time when I go to the address they tell me, it is usually a box store throw-away. One day they came back and told me about a riding mower that was located at a house that was on my way home. It was almost two weeks before I decided to drive by and check it out. I was only planning a drive-by look but when I saw her I had to talk with the owner. I normally don't knock on doors, but I had to on this. Talked with the owner and asked if he wanted to sell the GT, We agreed on $200.00, and I would come by Saturday with a trailer. I picked up a U-Haul and arrived at his house with a Air Tank, Come-along, tie downs and $200 in cash. After She was loaded on the trailer, he opened the Garage and started brining out Tire Chains, all the manuals, and pointed to the snow thrower and asked if I wanted it for scrap. Of course I took it.


    Restoring Her was pretty straight foreword, and made a great project for Grandson and Pap time. I made sure the engine would fire before I removed it, then we tore her down to the frame. All parts were evaluated, and either cleaned up and painted or replaced. Most of the bolts, bushings, and pulleys were replaced with new. Parts carefully prepped and painted. The Transaxle was the first snag as the shifter was binding. Removed and cleaned the shifter fix it. A few minor modifications using LED lamps, and added a couple indicator lamps for the parking brake and starter solenoid.


    The real challenges were replacing the mufflers. I tried a set off a Sears GT-18 no where close to a fit. I found a company that would custom make one, so I enlisted them. While they were working on this, I installed some pepper shakers so to test the engine, and ran into a second issue, an Oil leak! After replacing the front seal, and pulling the engine three separate times the cause was found and corrected. Oil pan bolts and Intake manifold bolts were accidentally switched, 3" bolts go to the intake, and 2-1/2 are used in the pan. The muffler was completed, but another issue, it didn't fit.


    Took the completed Old Girl to the fabricators twice to finally get the muffler to fit under the hood, and after my neighbor did a slight modification to give a gap between it and the air filter it was finally done. After nine months, No leaks, and runs very smooth and quiet now.


    The Snow Blower has been restored, and I took her to a local tractor show. The Show has been going on for 44 years, and this was the 1st time I have been. Mainly all “Big” tractors and engines, LOTS of them! I was not expecting anything but a enjoying day, but Old Girl (a GT) won an Outstanding Display trophy at this show.


    Presenting “again” Old Girl, 1978 Roper 20T


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    • Nov 03, 2015 08:59 PM
    • by larrybl
  4. October 2015: Montgomery Wards Squire 10

    I would like to nominate my Montgomery Wards Squire 10 tractor, aka The Crusty Monkey. I got the tractor about a year ago from a friend of mine. I remembered he had it and keep bugging him to sell it to me for over a year. Then one day he asked me for some help trimming trees. After we were done he loaded the tractor in my truck and told me he wanted to see it run again.


    When I first got the tractor, it had been sitting outside for a few years and the can blew off the exhaust. Sadly the engine was full of water and will need to be rebuilt. So first thing I did was to pressure was the tractor and in the process about half of the original paint was uncovered. A few months later I was able to pick up a couple B10's and pulled an engine out of one. With a good engine I was able to move forward with the tractor and while I had it apart cleaned up some rusted areas on the frame. I made sure to keep anything I cleaned up on the inside of the frame and out of sight.


    Now that the tractor runs and drives it only sees light use as a butt buggy and trail rider. It will go through, climb or drive over whatever you point the front wheels towards. Overall it's a great tractor that's fun to drive and very reliable. Personally I don't think it's ugly, I think it looks great and has a unique personality. I posted plenty of pictures below that help tell the story of The Crusty Monkey.


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    • Oct 02, 2015 07:44 PM
    • by farmerall
  5. August 2015: Sears Roper with Front End Loader

    I am going to nominate my Most used attachment lately.
    Dad and I had planned on making a FEL for one of the Sears tractors, we just never got around to it.


    At the end of May, a Sears OEM FEL Showed up on Craigslist...
    I tried to ignore it, kept coming up in the search like an expert photobomber.
    So, I made a phone call, did some driving, and brought it home.


    Ryan and I have used the heck out of it since we got it mounted on the Roper Hydro. It's been very useful as a tool and a heck of a lot of fun as a toy. So far, I've needed to only change a couple of O rings in the pump.


    We have moved enough dirt to fill a 60'L x 6'D ditch up at the farm, moved the old rock garden rocks to the new fire ring location, loaded the primitive stuff on the trailer for the show, helped people with heavy flea market items, and when I come up with new uses (re: excuses) I will definitely use it.


    You can read about it's travels and transformation here: http://gardentractor...e-1#entry578344

    • Aug 02, 2015 06:11 PM
    • by MH81
  6. July 2015: Kubota G6200

    My 83 year old Grandfather finally decided to downsize to a smaller piece of property this year, and no longer needed his 1988 Kubota G6200, now referred to as the "Grampus". A brief history lesson for everyone to understand how this G6200 came to be known as the "Grampus". In the early 1950s my Grandfather served in the US Navy as a submarine sonar man on the USS Grampus for approximately 3 years (the first and longest duration of the three tench class submarines he served on). [I will be adding more information.]


    In 1988 my Grandfather purchased the Kubota G6200 brand new, which he utilized for mowing his property until the end of last year. He always parked the Grampus inside and stuck to the strict bi-yearly maintenance schedule that he always left to his Kubota dealer to perform. Grandpa also performed minor repairs to the Grampus, to keep it earning its keep, and can recall all the work done to the Grampus over the years. And when it came to choosing a new home for the Grampus, it was a quick and easy decision for Grandpa to say to Mom, Dad, and myself, "The tractor is yours, and that is final."


    Upon taking delivery, the Grampus received our undivided attention to repair a broken lift linkage (Thanks Cvans), clean out the grass clippings, and perform a few preventative maintenance measures, including the addition of the USS Grampus decal on the seat. During this process Grandpa reminded me, "No project is worth the effort until you bleed on it." I was definitely pleased to be able to report that the Grampus is worth the effort after busting my knuckle replacing the lift linkage. Grandpa assured me that I was not the first one to bleed on the Grampus, he had that honor secured, and on every part of it.


    I am proud to be the keeper of the Grampus, and hope to pass down the honor of owning Grandpa's tractor in the future.


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    • Jul 03, 2015 07:29 PM
    • by wvbuzzmaster
  7. June 2015: Cub Cadet Circus Cub

    I would like to nominate my son's 1967 123 Cadet Circus Cub.
    My son bought this GT from a friend of ours. It had been sitting in a shed for about 6 years.
    He got it running the next day. The Tractor Legacy series Garden Tractors book by Oscar H. Will III had an write up and photo of the Circus Cub. We had never heard of it before. We decided to turn the 123 into the Tiger Cub.


    This turned into the family project. All hands were on deck. We stripped it down and were ready for the design elements. Gardentractortalk,com was a great source for information on the look and the history. The 123 was the first lawn mower to have a hydrostatic drive. In order to introduce this they created a circus to demonstrate the reliability of the transmission. Fisbee the animal tamer would crack his whip and make the cub do stunts for the audience such as jumps and popping wheelies.


    The guys were really helpful and forth coming with ideas. Although this Tiger Cub is nothing like original we think it looks better than the original. He turned into a real mean looking character.


    We created a thread to show our evolution process of the creation of the Tiger Cub at http://gardentractor...l= circus cub


    Thanks for all the help guys on our journey in recreating this piece of Cub Cadet history.
    We hope that other GTers will be inspired to create their own masterpiece.
    There is nothing like having an unique mower to show at the tractor show.
    The kids flock to it. It was fun project and a learning experience for all of us.




    P.S. This Site Rocks!

    • Jun 02, 2015 07:09 PM
    • by DB1
  8. April 2015: Bolens 1886 With Forklift

    I guess I'll toss my Bolens 1886 with the forklift attachment into the ring.

    Back when dirt was new and dinosaurs roamed the earth....OH wait a minute, I don't need to go back that far do I? :D :D :D

    Actually, in December 2011 I bought an 1886 that needed a new air filter, and I had found that a local Cub Cadet dealer/Farm & Garden store had also been a Bolens dealer until Bolens was sold off to Garden Way. So on the off chance that they would know what filter I needed for the K482 I stopped in and sure enough they had what I needed.

    While there, one of the owners and I got to talking about 'All things Bolens', and he mentioned that they had used an 1886 as a forklift for a lot of years, had retired it some 3-5 years ago, and that it was still 'out back' under a tarp.

    Well now, as any true GT enthusiast knows, that got the saliva flowing and I asked if he knew just where 'outback' it might be. He said no, but I was free to roam around to see if I could find it. I was expecting to find one of the Johnson Forklifts but instead found this:
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    Now I was really intrigued, and asked about it's history as I had never even heard of a front mounted lift on a Bolens.

    He told me that they took a brand new 1971 1886-01 (the first year of production for that model) out of the crate, assembled it, added the optional Power Steering Kit, and sent it off to have the forklift attachment mounted. He wasn't sure just where they sent it, but he thought it was "Green - Something" or "Something - Green". As best as I can figure out, it was most likely Bowling Green Ohio, as that was where the mast was made.

    I asked if it might possibly be for sale. He wasn't sure and said that the would have to talk to his other brother and father as they were joint owners.

    I contacted them again, and the older brother said that they were thinking about putting it on eBay, and/or Craigslist. That kinda dampened my hopes.

    A couple of months later it still hadn't showed up for sale anywhere, so I talked to them again, and they were iffy about selling it, didn't know what they wanted for it, etc.

    Finally in early January 2013 I went back resolved to buy it. I talked to the older brother and made a firm offer of $1,000 as is/where is. He went off to talk to his dad and other brother and said that they would like $1,500.00. I said that for $1,500.00 I would like it delivered. He agreed, and after more than a year of looking/negotiating it was finally mine :dancingbanana:
    A week later, it was delivered and once rolled off the trailer and pushed into the yard it looked like this:
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    I also made video:

    As you can see, during it's 30+ years of use at the dealership the poor old girl had been used, abused, rode hard and put up wet on numerous occasions. It had also been repainted in 'non standard' colors, and some really 'non standard' decals applied in places that they were never were on the stock 1886-01. It also turned out to have been 'used' harder than the pictures show. You will find more about that in the refurbish thread that I'll post further down. I also found out when I stopped back in with it on the trailer after the refurb so that they could see what it looks like now that they regularly exceeded the 750 Lb. lift rating on the mast. So much so that they had bent the forks more than once and had to have them straightened a couple of times.

    After just a wee bit of work it started and ran just fine. In fact much better than I had expected. It's quite possible that it doesn't have the original engine as it has a cutout for access to the oil filter that the 1886-01 lacked. It ran great, was easy to start, didn't smoke, and there was no lack of power.

    In any event, she was put to work doing what she was made for. Moving 'heavy stuff' around:

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    She also came in handy when I was installing some REALLY heavy (105 lbs. each) wheel weights on my HDT1000:

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    As time went on, I got to thinking that it REALLY need a refurbishment. Lacking a workshop, tools, and expertise to do that, I decided that I'd have to find someone that I could trust, and was capable of doing a good job.

    It turned out that one of our members and Site Sponsors (Old Paths Equipment) filled that to a T. So, I contacted Ben Wagner (superaben here on the forums), to see if he might be interested in undertaking the project. He was agreeable and we discussed what I wanted done. One of the things I was adamant about was that it wasn't going to be a 'restoration' with everything put back to original colors and such. I wanted to preserve the history of the tractor, and things like the non standard paint job and the 'cobbled' throttle setup were important to that history. Ben agreed with me and we decided that when the time was right that it would be coming his way.

    On November 5, 2013 the 'time was right', and she was loaded on the trailer and hooked behind the HSM Rainmaker for a road trip to Mt. Solon Va.
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    A log of that voyage, and more pictures are available here:
    http://gardentractor...ahoy-mateys/?hl= rainmaker

    Months passed, and after a LOT more work than Ben had expected and most likely after a number of shucks, hecks, and darns, she was ready to come home. Ben did a post of that which has a lot of pictures, and details of what he did:

    So another voyage of the HSM Rainmaker was scheduled:
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    When I got to Mt. Solon I found this waiting for me:


    On the way home we stopped at a couple of tractor shows that just so happened to be on our route home. It got a lot of comments, and I got a lot of questions about it. I also got comments and questions about it at a couple of campgrounds that I stayed at and at a couple of fuel stops. We all know that in most cases that tractors generally look better in pics than when you actually see them. With this, it's the opposite. Pics really don't do it justice. Ben did a magnificent job. So good that he's now working on another project for me. :D

    At the first show, I ended up using it to help a fella unload one of his crawlers:
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    I didn't have anything in the weight box, and as you can see there was one point where I needed some 'ballast". Also if you look at the third pic closer, you can see that the front tires were 'squishing' a good bit. Turned out that there was only around 14 PSI in them.

    Two days later, after tossing in two sets of rear, and one set of front wheel weights in the weight box (roughly 270 lbs), and pumping the front tires up to 40 PSI, it handled the load (675 lbs) with no drama at all.

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    It also became apparent that the muffler that Ben had put on it just wasn't up to the task of quieting the 'bark' of the mighty Kohler K482. It was loud with a capitol L, so on our way from that show to the next, we stopped at a TSC and got a muffler that would be better up to the task.

    We then found a local muffler shop that did some cutting and welding, all for just a $20.00 bill, and it now looks like this:

    It still has something of a 'bark' to it but it's much better than it was. I have another 1886 with a stock muffler and maybe this Spring/Summer, I'll swap mufflers and see which is the quieter.

    Well, that's the story of my Bolens 1886 Forklift. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoy owning and operating it.

    • Apr 01, 2015 05:42 PM
    • by OldBuzzard
  9. February 2015: Bolens Estate Keeper

    I've been waiting for this category to come up so I'm going to jump in and nominate my 1965 Bolens Estate keeper :D

    Here's the story:

    I got a call from a neighbor saying his friend had a Bolens Articulating tractor for sale. As usual I always picture worst case scenario, all rusted out or one of the new "FS" series ones, anyway I never pass on an opportunity to look at a Bolens so I went down to check things out.
    I got to his house and as I turned the corner around the garage my jaw just about dropped!
    An all original 1965 EK7!!!!!!!!

    Believe it or not this was actually going to be scrapped if the guy did not pull this from his neighbor's garage and bring it to his place ( I believe the gentleman who owned this passed away and the property needed to be cleared)

    This has never seen a night outside in its entire life and is truly a survivor. There was even a maintenance tag on the shifter with the last oil change being performed in 1974 which could have been the last time this was ever used by the looks of it!

    I am going to leave everything exactly as it is , There are still "nubs" on the 50 year old tires and factory belts all around! The mower deck still has paint underneath and on the blades. Its truly remarkable that the seat is in almost pristine shape as well and no mice have chewed on the material in 50 years, nothing has been touched up the best I can tell and even has its original battery hold down clamps and cloth coated wiring harness!!!

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    • Feb 01, 2015 09:36 AM
    • by Bolens 1000
  10. January 2015: John Deere Christmas Display

    I am going to nominate my Christmas pictures from 3 years ago. I didn't get a chance to enter last couple of years. I am nominating my 1969 140 H3 with a Mdl. 54 6 way front blade. I bought this tractor in a pile of 22 JD's I bought off a guy in TN.. He told me that this would need a lot of work to get back up and running, but the one parked next to it would be easy to get running. I didn't agree with him, but didn't say anything to him as he went back into the house while started to load up. I had brought some gas and a new battery along with me on the chance that I might get one to run and use it to help me get the trailer loaded. I put the battery in it and sprayed some Carb cleaner thru the jets by removing the mixture screws, gave it a shot of gas and it hit. So I put some gas in the gas tank and on the 3rd try she fired up and ran. I used it the rest of the day to load up the tractors. One of the best 140s I've ever owned.

    I have 4 tractors in the pictures as you can see, all hitched up to Santa's sleigh. These 4 DEERE have all the POWER needed to travel around the world in just one night, and not miss a single house.

    We always do it up BIG at our house with Christmas lights, my most favorite season of the year. I always have a tractor of some kind in our decorations, this year using 4 of my most favorite Gt's.

    The first tractor in the line is a 1969 140 H3 with a 14HP Kohler and sporting a 6 way- 54" plow up front to clear the runway for take-offs. Second in the hitch is my 1971 112 Electric lift with a 10HP Kohler. Third in the hitch is my 1970 120 with 12HP Kohler and last but not least is the Mighty 318 repowered with a 20HP P series Onan with all the power needed to lift Jolly Ole Santa off the ground fully loaded with all the toys for Good Girls and Boys. You can't tell by the photos, but all the tires and ground between them are lit up with rope motion lights and it made them all seem to be moving.

    I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we do every year. We also won BEST in SHOW in our subdivision Christmas Decoration contest.

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    • Jan 01, 2015 03:13 PM
    • by Texas Deere and Horse
  11. Featured Tractor December 2014

    I would like to enter my son's 1964 Wheel Horse 854 that was just redone this past year by me and my 2 sons Mike and Johnny. It was taken completely apart down to the last nut and bolt. The engine was left intact as it ran perfect and had good compression. Everything was stripped then new paint applied to all surfaces from the frame up.

    New tires and tubes. New fluids. Belts. Bearings. Trans seals.Brakes air filter. Plug. Wire. Let me put it this way. Everything. My sons are 13 and 12. They are working with tools with me hands on. Better than video games and watching tv. The boys decided they wanted AG tires on the rear as well as tri ribs in the front. Better control for winter use as dad promised them a plow. He just hasn't found it yet. Lol. To finish it off a seat back was added and a new set of decals from Terry at redo your horse was the icing on the cake. Many could have done it better. What was important was working on it as a family. As pretty as it is it will be put back to work.Cutting grass and the lawn cart are its main duties.judge for yourself and enjoy.


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    • Dec 23, 2014 07:43 AM
    • by jerseyhawg / glenn
  12. Featured Tractor October 2014

    About six years ago I drove 200+ miles south to pickup this 1963(?) George Workbird after finding her on eBay for $75.00. The previous owner said she had been sitting in back of the barn when he bought the property about four years before I bought her, he helped my son and I push her onto the trailer and we brought her home.

    She sat in my SIL's storage barn for about three years before I decided to try to restore her. My son and I completely disassembled her and began using Daniel's electrolysis information to start the restoration process. Due to a lack of time and motivation she is still a work in process but I hope to get her finished before spring.

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    • Oct 01, 2014 07:25 PM
    • by GTTinkerer
  13. Featured Tractor September 2014

    I'll nominate my 1958 Bolens Deluxe Ride-a-matic.

    I've had this little tractor for about 30 years, my grandparents gave it to me when I was about 8. I could barely start it when I first got it!

    My grandfather had done a lot of work in his garden with it over the years. I'm not sure exactly when he bought it, but it wasn't too old when he did. I got a single bottom plow, a set of discs, a cultivator and a homemade trailer with it. I drove it around the yard a lot growing up. It had definitely seen a lot of use, the front wheel bushings were completely worn out.

    Over the last few months, I did a rebuild on the tractor. I replaced all of the bearings and bushings on the tractor, rebuilt the original Kohler K160, painted it, and put new tubes and tires all around. The steering is nice and tight now, re-bushing the front wheels made a huge difference. It's not completely factory original, but it's basically how I got it.

    At some point it got an electric start kit, but the starter/generator and regulator have disappeared over the years. My dad says it's around his place somewhere... It also had a plate added to the back of the frame to use as a trailer hitch.

    I had a lot of fun on the rebuild, and plan on using it to plow the garden and pull the trailer around the yard.

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    Here is a link to the rebuild thread if anyone is interested:


    • Sep 06, 2014 07:18 AM
    • by Kfs35
  14. Featured Tractor August 2014

    I would like to nominate my 1968 Jacobsen Chief 1000 and my Jacobsen PP 203 10” garden plow. I acquired this tractor last fall and included was a 42” mower deck. It didn’t take me long to get the tractor running but it was difficult to put on the hydraulic lift unit.

    The pulleys that mount on the engine to run the pump mount on what is called a “shaft extension”. This piece screws onto the crankshaft in place of the traditional locknut. I got the lift off of a Jacobsen Chief 1200 and the crankshafts are different diameters on the 10HP and 12HP engines. I looked wide and far to find the piece for the 10HP for a couple months to find one but ended up getting one fabricated from a local man.

    Now comes the story of how I got the plow. I traded another local man a Jacobsen Chief tranny, frame, and dash for the plow and a set of Jacobsen cultivators. When I got the attachments home I greased the plow and tore apart the cultivators to repaint them. In order to hook up the plow I needed a rear lift, which I purchased from a fellow member.

    After I got the plow hooked up it I decided to plow our garden with it and was well satisfied with the results. I didn’t attend any Plow Days this year but I hope to attend some next year. I would have to say that my Jacobsen plow is my favortie implement.

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    • Aug 03, 2014 09:22 AM
    • by VintageIronCollector
  15. Featured Tractor July 2014

    I would like to nominate my 1979 Cub Cadet dual stick 1650.

    I picked this up a few years back. Right away I new it was in need of a engine rebuild and some well needed maintenance. Needed to do a trunnion rebuild, changed the hydraulic fluid and filter, had the engine rebuilt, I went through the 50" deck spindles. And while I was at it I installed a set of front casters to the deck.

    Two years ago I decided to look for a 52" hydraulic swivel push blade for it. Found one that was a basket case, rebuild that, also needed the hydraulic cylinder rebuilt so went ahead and had that done by a professional. I wanted to take full advantage of the optional external hydraulic outlets. A big plus for snow removal.

    I added the tri rib Firestone's up front which helps ease the steering. A three point hitch because I also use this tractor with the furrow plow.

    Not the oldest of the fleet, but one of my favorite do everything tractors. Especially on cut grass duty.

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    • Jul 02, 2014 07:07 PM
    • by zippy1
  16. Featured Tractor June 2014

    I haven't entered one of these contest for a very long time and " anything goes " is certainly a category I can qualify for. I'm going to throw my 1937 Shaw Do-all tractor conversion into this one.

    This tractor started out as a walk behind tractor made by the Shaw Manufacturing Company of Galesburg, Kansas.
    Here is what a 1937 Shaw Do-all looked like .

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    This is an advertisement pamphlet for the Shaw tractor.

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    This particular walk behind tractor was converted to a riding tractor. By the way it was done and the parts used, I figure the conversion was made back in the 40's or 50's
    This is how it looked when I got it.

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    The work on theconversion was done well but the design wasn't very good.
    The Shaw walk beyond tractor came with a transmission with 3-forward speeds and 1-reverse and the shift lever angles back toward the operator behind the tractor.
    This made it so the seat had to be places out behind the drive axle.
    Because the operator sat so far back, a large heavy counter balance weight had to be placed on the front.

    A channel iron frame was bolted on the front and the engine was moved forward.
    The front axle was built out of the same channel iron with two "wheel barrow" wheels attached.
    A Ford Model-T steering column was used for turning the front wheels.
    A lever was bolted to the Model-T steering shaft with a ti-rod going out to one of the wheels.
    Because the steering column is mounted under the engine, the bottom of the steering wheel is setting below the seat pan.

    The Shaw tractor came with independent brake on each drive wheel that could be used to help steer the walk behind tractor.
    The conversion has two "angle iron" pedals mounted bolted to the side of the frame to operate these brakes.
    With the placement of the seat and the steering wheel, it is almost impossible for an adult to get their feet on either of the brake pedals.

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    The drive clutch was operated by a long hand leaver on the right side to tighten a V-belt.
    The original Brigs & Stratton engine only had about 3 HP. With the added weight of the conversion and an operator, this tractor could just barely move itself.

    The first thing I did was to tear the tractor all down. Then I shortened the front frame and angled the ends in at 45 degrees to form a new front axle mount.
    I used a cast iron front axle off a mid old garden tractor so the front end looks more like a tractor built in the late 30's.

    The Model-t steering is set back behind the engine and connected to a steering box.
    The steering box has a pitman arm on the left side with a ti-rod running up to the left front wheel.

    The transmission was rotated forward so the shifter if forward and standing up. This allows the seat to be placed farther forward and more over the drive axle.

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    The engine is a 14 HP Wisconsin with electric start and the choke and throttle are operated by the two control levers right under the steering wheel
    There is a yellow flat belt pulley on the left side of the engine that can be used to power farm equipment like a corn Sheller, cream separator, grinding wheel for sharpening tools and any smaller flat belt driven implement.

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    The flat belt is kept in the tool box mounted behind the laft rear wheel.

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    I mounted steel wagon wheel on the front to blend with the steel rear wheels.
    The drive clutch is still tightening and loosing a V-belt but it is operated by a foot pedal on the left instead of the old hand lever.
    The rear brakes are operated by the right foot pedal and has an equalizer bracket so the same pressure it applied to each brake.
    There is a Ford Model-T brake lever on the right side the engages both brakes for the "parking brake".
    The tractor is used taking to antique tractor shows and I built a yard rake to pull behind it.

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    • Jun 01, 2014 07:14 AM
    • by jdcrawler
  17. Featured Tractor May 2014!

    I'm not sure just how customized a tractor should be for this months contest, but I would like to nominate my 1974 Case 444. I picked this tractor up a couple of months ago with the intentions of only getting it back into shape mechanically, and putting it to work in the garden. Well, you guys know how that goes! :bigrofl: The engine needed rebuilding, so I pulled it out first, and before I knew it the whole tractor was in pieces. While not the biggest HP wise of my GT's, it certainly is the biggest physically. The more I looked at it, the more I really wanted to make this look like a scaled version of a full size tractor. So here is the list of things done to try, and accomplish this.
    1. I started by picking up a set of 9.5-16 AG tires for the rear, which are between 4-5 inches taller than the 8-16 turf tires that came off of it.
    2. I raised the rear fenders an inch to give added clearance for the larger tires. This only required a minimal amount of cutting to the original sheet metal, and then the addition of some 1" square tubing as spacers. In the process of raising the fenders, it also made it where you sit further down between the fenders, which added to the big tractor feel.
    3. Added a set of 16x6.50-8 Firestone tri-ribs up front, and even thought they're supposedly the same size as OE, these tri-ribs stand a couple inches taller than any 16-6.50-8 I've ever seen, which complimented the larger rears very nicely.
    4. Of course I had to add an exhaust stack! :D
    5. I then started building a bracket to carry some suite case weights on the front. I started with the existing mule drive bracket, and after adding large amounts of 1/2" steel plate for strength, it weighed over 40lbs by itself. I then added 5 suite case weights that are made of 2" steel plate, and weigh 22lbs each. For a total of about 150lbs. This also helps my steering alot when the tiller, and plow are on the back.
    6. I then turned my attention to wheel weights as I wanted plenty of traction. Original wheel weights are crazy expensive for these Case GT's with the 16" wheels! :loosing_it:Not to mention they don't weigh as much as I would like them too, so I bought a weight bracket for these wheels that use dumbell type weights. I welded the brackets together before installing, as I wanted to make sure they were strong. I currently have 115lbs per side on the wheels, but there is room for more if needed. There are two 25lb plates behind each of those 50lb plates you see in the pics.

    This tractor is a worker, and has already been getting used. Its a good strong machine, and I've been enjoying it, although I have a couple complaints with its hydraulic drive that I'm working on right now.
    1. I'm adding a travel control valve with built in holding valve from a late model Ingersoll GT. This will give tractor the ability to maintain the same speed, even if your going down an incline, or being pushed faster by a tiller! :bigrofl:
    2. I'm installing a flow control valve in the hydraulic drive which will allow a much better control of ground speed. The for/rev control on Case GT's have some short comings. Unless you have the lever at full speed, your not getting maximum pressure to the hydraulic motor. So if your trying to go slow while tilling, your not getting much power to the ground, and you find yourself stopping quite often. So you push the lever further forward, and then your going to fast! :wallbanging: By adding a flow control, I can maintain a slow ground speed with maximum pressure. I really love this GT, although I'm still getting it sorted out, so it can be an enjoyable worker. I've also added Case decals to the front weights since most of these pics were taken. Thanks


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    • May 04, 2014 01:11 PM
    • by bowtiebutler956
  18. Featured Tractor April 2014!

    1968 MF 10
    I was looking on this site and ran across an AC B10 with a narrow front end and fell in love with it. I decided to build one and soon found a B10. In the process I found and very bad MF10 buried in a junk yard. It is one of those that you should just walk away from but I couldn’t. My family was in the farm implement business for many years and we sold a lot of Massey garden tractors. I just had to have this one. So I struck a deal with the guy and with a shovel and loader we got it loaded. I took some time to figure out what I needed and how I was going to make the narrow front end. With some better photos and more research I figured it out and started to work. Everything was rusted solid on the GT so the first order of business was to take it all apart and get things freed up. Then as I started back together with it I started on the front end. I was not as difficult as I thought it would be other than getting the steering link just right. As I got it to look more like a big tractor I decided it needed a 3 point hitch to look right. I started to build it and ran into some difficulties with the lift. I wanted to use the original electric hydraulic lift but could never get it to work just right. After lots of trying and a lot of $$$ I gave up and put an electric lift on it.

    The engine was totally shot so I had to replace it. We also sold Wheel Horse and for some reason we had a brand new 10HP motor in a box. Wrong color but everything else was the same, it even had the ignition module. I put larger rear wheels on it with rims off a Dodge minivan spare wheel. Then I had to raise the seat to clear the tires. I had no seat pan so I had to get some drawings and make it then got it upholstered. I also had to make the head light bracket and a few other missing parts. As I sat back and looked at it then looked at a picture of a MF1100 I decided it needed front end weights. I took a real weight and copied it onto paper then reduced it by 50% and it looked like the right size. I then traced that onto some wood and cut it out. After a lot of sanding and putty I got them to look like steel.

    Now all that was left was to finish painting and putting the decals on. After that a few quirks showed up but I worked through them and everything works great. I have over 176 hours in it and way more money than I want to admit, but I saved a nice Massey from a slow death in a junk yard. One of my goals was to have my dad see it while he was alive. He was confined to a wheel chair at a nursing home so I took it there and showed him. He smiled and thought I did a pretty good job. I gave this tractor to my son for a High School graduation present. He now has 3 GT’s and loves to show them. I have passed the torch.





    • Apr 01, 2014 08:15 PM
    • by DanP
  19. Featured Tractor March 2014!

    I would like to nominate the oldest known Beeman tractor. Edwin Beeman is credited with marketing the first successful garden tractor in 1916. He had been working on his invention for about 2 years prior to its introduction. Originally this tractor was thought to be his first design but I've since found a brochure dating to March of 1916 that shows a single T handle design and a tube radiator that mounted sideways to the tractor. That explains the reason the fan belt pulleys run at 90* of each other. The magneto on this tractor sits sideways and runs off a series of straight cut gears running down the side of the block. The more common Beemans have the mag sitting front to back and driven off a shaft running 90* to the cam. This machine also has 6 spoke cast wheels. 1917 literature shows the front facing radiator and 6 spoke wheels but there isn't a clear enough picture of the block to see which style it is. By 1918 the mag had changed and the wheels had changed to 12 spoke. I feel its safe to say this tractor will date to late 1916 or 1917. The tractor still sports its original decal on the radiator.

    This tractor was found years ago in the Wisconsin area by a fellow collector. He was told that I had info on Beeman tractors and had been pointed my direction. He was having timing issues and claimed that there was no way it could be timed. He finally concluded that it was just too wore out to ever run again and pushed it back. Time went by and through a series of trades with a 3rd collector involved, it ended up at my place. The first thing I noticed was that the flywheels were on the wrong side. Since the crank handle is in the flywheel this meant that the engine was turning the wrong direction. I'd never seen any good pictures of this tractor so we don't know if the flywheels were on wrong all along or not. After swapping the flywheels and cleaning the mag I tried to get it to run. It was in time and would try to fire but the compression was low, it made a horrible clunk inside when it fired and the flywheels wouldn't stay tight on the crank. They are held on with taper locks and had run loose at some time, severely cutting the crankshaft. The tractor was torn down for inspection and it was found that the valve lifters were worn bad in the block. The edge of the lifter would swing almost 1/2 in when it rode up on the cam. The holes in the block were reamed true and new lifters made. the crank was spray welded and ground down to .010 oversize. This allowed line boring of the main bearings to take out slop. The taper locks were installed in the flywheels and a cut was taken to true them up as well. the valves and seats were ground and new rings installed. The original collector had since passed but you can imagine the surprise of the 3rd collector when I came running this out of the trailer at a show.

    I have a testimonial advertising brochure for these tractors from 1917. One testimonial in particular sticks out. The writer states what a labor saving device the Beeman is over the push hoe. He then goes on to state that he is "gardening" approximately 92 acres and how the tractor would be particularly helpful for those gardening more than 5 acres. It seems that gardening was a lot different then.

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    • Mar 05, 2014 11:35 AM
    • by DougT
  20. My Two Favorite Girls Pedal Tractor

    First and foremost I am writing this article in honor of my father, without him where would I be???? My two favorite girls, one will be 9 this year and the other is at least 50 years old but will not tell me her age. Me and dad got a simplicity landlord a few years ago for parts but could not stand the thought of scrapping what we did not need, setting in the garage late one afternoon the brilliant idea of a full size pedal gt was born, this is how it went.

    Me and dad have been fixing old junk forever, mostly out of need but also partly because dad wanted me to know how. about 10 years ago I got my first gt and have been going ever since. we collect mostly allis chalmers, awhile ago I found out a good friend of mine had a simplicity 2010 landlord I saw I wanted. after few years of bothering he decided to sell it to me for parts.

    When I went down to get it it was in a bad state of repair, it had been out behind his sugar house for a number of years, all you could see was the steering wheel sticking out of the leaves. two hours later I had it home and the project began, we got it for parts and stripped it out as such but when it came time to decide what to save and scrap we could not come to grips with scrapping any of it, now what??

    After a few days of tripping over all the parts we came up with the idea of a full size pedal tractor for my daughter to use at the fair and other events. Izabelle (1st favorite girl) would have been 6 at the time and her birthday was in a few months. What a birthday present!

    So the work began, completely disassembled the tractor rite to the frame, sandblasted all the parts and primed, looked for any and all weight saving things to do. lots of stuff was cut of as unnecessary even more was re-made out of aluminum. The tricky part was the rear end, as anyone who has ever had one knows the rear on these makes the back of the tractor there is no rear frame. I made up a box out of tin for the rear seat and axle to set on, but once the seat pan was on it looked wrong. had to cut the seat pan and fenders 2" shorter and narrow the pan 2" to make it look rite.

    The drive gears came from a friend who is into mountain bikes and the rear axle is a 1" aluminum bar, the seat itself was an old iron seat on another garden tractor, I knew this was going to be outside a lot with the kids and I wanted something fool proof, the back cushion was a seat from one of those gym exercise machines ( free at the scrap yard ) Most of the bits a pieces for the drive sytem came from tsc, I love that place.

    I am not shure how many times we had this together and took it back apart again but in the end we missed Izabelle's birthday and had to rush to get the paint on for the fair, I was up till at least 10 the nite before the fair just getting it together, in the end it came out perfect but as with all projects it is never done. We are working on a brake for it using the lift handle for the mower deck and the original band brake system. and I would like to put different tires on it, she goes good on black top but struggles in the grass. we will see where it goes.

    In the end we went with the original simplicity colors so izabelle could have her very own tractor that was not like any of daddy or grandpa's. she picked out the decals which we had made from a guy in vt.

    My second favorite girl is the pedal tractor, she was never given a name. The only thing I would change about this project was the fact I did not get any photo's along the way. lots of time in the garage with dad and an old tractor to benefit my daughter how much better can life get!!!

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    • Apr 17, 2014 07:41 PM
    • by petrj6
  21. Featured Tractor February 2014!

    I first saw this tractor when I went over to help a lady from my church. She's in her late 80's and still lives on her own in a house beside her son. He's often working a double shift and can't always be there to help her out. She has many trees so we got a detail together to pick up the leaves in the fall.

    I spotted this tractor and asked about it. It was obviously in good shape and the only thing they ever had replaced was the deck shell as you can see. Everything else is original and well maintained by the local Simplicity dealer. Once a year it would go in for service. I told her that if she ever got rid of it, I would like first shot. This was about three years ago.

    Fast forward to spring of 2013. I got a call from the son who said they got another tractor and they were ready to sell the Allis. I asked him how much and he said $50. I said "I'll be right over". Well I went to pick it up and I had to ask about the price. Sure enough, I heard it right. Well, this little lady is the sweetest thing. I just love her so I handed her $100. She said that the price was $50 but I told her the tractor was worth much more than what I was even giving her.

    I wanted that to be clear to everyone (I told the son that too) but they seemed fine with the deal. She was quite sad to see it go as her and her husband bought it new and it had never been off of the property. I made her a promise that if she ever wanted to take it for a ride or mow with it, I would load it up and bring it over for her.

    I have a new front grill for it courtesy of a member here. I plan to put a new seat on it, fix one noisey spindle in the mower and paint the deck the correct color. Other than that, I think I will leave it alone as I really like mowing with the thing. It cuts beautifully. So I enter this in honor of Doris.

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    • Feb 02, 2014 07:45 AM
    • by David Brown
  22. Featured Tractor December 2013

    The C2J was imported from Geneva, Switzerland from Febuary 1932 until March1940 a total of1128 of the C2J's were made.My C2J was made in 1934.The brass tag on it states it was imported to Troy, New York.Troybuilt bought the rights too use their design on their models.

    I found this on e-bay classifieds and got it from a gentleman that bought it from someone in New York.He owned it since 1969 and had kept in inside a heated and air condition basement and had not been started for over 10 years.

    After a carb cleaning the best i could, with out any tools to get the jets out and making a starter strap.The original was a leather strap.The thing fired up and brought a lot of attention as it went straight to a tractor show.It is very loud with a 2.5 horsepower 2 cycle SIMAR engine with an Amal carb.I have the original owners manual and some extra tines The tines were boxed up and had never opened.I beleive this was overhauled as there was receipts in the box for rings and new wooden handles with it.I do not use this walk behind for any thing but to start up and show.At all the tractor shows that i have attended as soon as as i fire it up,the whole show can hear it and nobody has seen one like it.

    Here are some pictures.
    This is when i first brought it home

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    • Dec 05, 2013 06:38 AM
    • by drbish
  23. Featured Tractor November 2013

    Lets start off this month's contest with this fine old John Deere 140 . I have owned it about 1 month. Its born on date is 1974. The gentleman I purchased it from had 2 of these....this H3 and he also has an H1 for sale. It runs great. It came with a model 48 deck that works good. Everything works on this tractor, but it is missing the cigarette lighter. I have been thru it, greased and oiled everything, new oil, etc. It mowed great while I had the deck on it, and now it pulls my 12" plow without any problems.

    The vegetables that I have harvested from my garden this year are corn, squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkins, tomatoes, green peppers, and jalapeno peppers. Those are some tomatoes ane green peppers and jalapeno peppers on the seat of the 140 that I picked a couple of minutes ago. I had some competion with my dogs this year over the watermelon and cantaloupe....seems they looked alot like the balls they play with in the yard. Hopefully next year they will have outgrown this bad habbit... a fence might be the way to go too!

    I am working on getting some plowing done, getting it ready for winter. A friend of my daughter works for the zoo in Kansas City and I got a line on some zoo poop for the garden.

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    • Nov 06, 2013 04:24 PM
    • by jimbobbillyray
  24. Featured Tractor October 2013

    I bought this GT not running and AS IS, I got it home, dumped in fresh gas and it started right up

    I went to try it out for the first time and the steering box broke on the first scoop of dirt :(. So I started working on it again and I ended up converting it to hydraulic steering. I then broke the front spindle, so made a new one out of high grade bolts. It ended up working better then the original!

    This GT has been really fun and I was lucky to get it.

    But the downfall of it is, it's ugly, I had to remove the hood and grill so I could fit the hydraulic pump on the front of the engine, the pump was originally mounted under the tractor, but I couldn't keep the belt on it, so I ended up moving it.
    Once I got the bugs worked out of it, it has been a pretty good old workhorse and I don't know what I would do with out the backhoe!


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    • Oct 02, 2013 05:21 AM
    • by BTS
  25. Featured Tractor September 2013

    I'll nominate the 1977 Bolens H16 which I am the temporary steward of, since I don't believe in ownership of inanimate objects, lol. I bought the tractor earlier this year and the fact it was not a kohler powered tractor was an unusual tractor purchase for me. I really didn't think a collection of 1970s hydros would be complete without a Bolens Tube Frame hydro or Large Frame hydro (hint), so I committed to the purchase of the tractor, tiller, snow blower, and front blade for 550.00 in non running condition listed in a Des Moines Iowa Craigslist posting.

    I sold an extra tiller and front blade for a Ariens to buy this H16, it was 425 miles from our house, fortunately the man I sold the tiller and blade to gave me 150.00 to take another tractor to Kansas City, that paid for most of my gas. I have been VERY fortunate in that almost all of my tractor purchases turned out to be better deals than I thought originally, and the Bolens was no different.

    The tractor had been wrecked almost 20 years prior, but before I get into that, a little history. The man I bought it from had been given the tractor by a dealer on a quasi-warranty issue concerning a 1981 Bolens QT17 that thrown a rod a year after his purchasing it. It wasn't under warranty any longer, but the dealer wanted to help the old guy out and gave him the 1977 H16 that was a trade-in. Eight years later the tractor needed an engine in 1990 and a new engine bought was installed in the spring of that year, unfortunately the first person to use the tractor was his young son who hit a well casing in tall grass. The impact broke the lower PTO unit off and destroyed the mower deck gear box. The deck and gear box disappeared with a gypsy repair shop never to be seen again. Not having a mower or PTO the guy put the Bolens in the barn, along with the tiller, snow blower, and blade in the barn and covered it up with a tarp, and GASP, bought a Murray, in fact, three over the years.

    Fast forward 22 years later the guy wants a Zero Turn and decides to sell the Bolens. He told me he finally came to the conclusion that he wasn't going to fix it, and it only took the better part of a quarter century to realize it. The wife and I made the long familiar drive to Des Moines, (we had just been there last November to pick up an Ariens GT14). After getting it home I assessed the tractor and found the good and bad. The good, a brand new engine you could eat off, The tractor had not been used in over twenty years, it was dusty, but not very rusty except for the damaged front wheel. The bad, broken PTO, no starter, solenoid, missing hood rod, bent hood hinge, missing taillights/headlight (Allstate didn't cover the damages, well casing was uninsured).

    First I repaired and replaced all missing parts, a friend gave me a starter that needed rebuilt, but it was an older good one. I replaced all the fuel lines, filters and fluid. I attempted to start it, but it really was having a hard time turning over using a little L&G battery, so I bought a full size 51r battery and that helped. I really had to lube the cylinder, it was so new and had sat so long the compression was really dragging the starter and battery down. the carb was full of junk and when I finally was able to clear the jets she fired up and ran at full throttle well, but died at idle, it has taken a tank full of gas with a high concentration of sea foam to remedy.

    I replaced the steering link and both tie rod ends and had the right axle/spindle tube reamed to 7/8" in order to use a Bolens1050 spindle due to excess wear inside the 3/4' axle tube. The original spindle was trashed as were the bearings. I tore the tractor down to the frame and power washed it and all the parts three times, using oven cleaner, degreaser, and soap, after that I sprayed OSPHO on the rust spots then used a rust-inhibitor primer. I used a black semigloss industrial alkyd enamel with Naptha as a reducer and a poly converter as the hardening agent on the frame and a high heat engine enamel on the engine. After welding cracks in the fender pan with the MIG welder, I sanded all worn/rusty areas and primed. Then I used Rustoleum's gloss white on the hood and fender pan and installed all new Maple Hunter decals, I altered the original paint scheme by making the hood bulge black to draw attention toward it.

    I found a new NOS steering wheel cap which cost me big $$$, but I had to have it as well as a new steering wheel bushing. New head lights and reproduction tail lights as well as alot of new wiring completed the electrical part. I used 3.75" narrow Simplicity rims with timken bearings and 4.00-8 tri-rib tires up front to aid in steering. The rear tires are 25x10-12 ITP 589s and really make the tractor look like the BULLDOG it is. I'm in school full time and am having quite a bit of trouble with my eyesight, so I'm not able to work on my tractors like I want to, but I found a few hours in the evening I could spare from the TV and computer to complete this project in about a month. I will never regret buying this Bolens, they have to be one of the stoutest, best designed tractors ever made. Thanks, Mike

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    • Sep 01, 2013 10:39 PM
    • by OkieGt