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#1 Manfjourde OFFLINE  

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Posted August 24, 2015 - 12:38 AM

I am new to the site and just picked this RAM up. It runs good and it has brand new tires but the tank leaks . I plan to do a simple restoration as I want to use it for plowing snow and tilling. I have a friend who can blast it for cheap and I want to repaint and replace the oil/lube, gaskets, belts, and bearings. Let me know if there is any other imperative stuff I should do while it's apart.


This is my first time with something like this, any suggestions on what to start with first on getting this project going? Should I get the engine ready for "storage" and set it aside while I work on the rest?


Does anyone have a video of how the reverse disc should work and sound? I'll try to upload a video of mine because I think it is shot.


This is my bro, he was my voice of reason whether to get it or not.
And this is me.

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Posted August 24, 2015 - 03:40 AM

Welcome to the forum and Nice RAM. I think your on the right track with your current plans. If you need parts, check with Bolens1000. He can usaully get you what you need at a great price. He is also very knowlegable on all Bolens products. Enjoy fixing it up and keep us updated on your project. Also, start making more room in the garage, because once you get one, others seem to follow!! Good luck!
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Posted August 24, 2015 - 04:48 AM

:iagree:  great little tractor, and welcome tot he forum.  there are some great guys on here that will get you on the rite track.  bolens1000 is great to do business with. 


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Posted August 24, 2015 - 05:14 AM

Nice Tractor! Ditto on parts supply from Bolens Parts & Supplies (Bolens1000) Very honest, easy to deal with bloke and more than reasonable pricing. 


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Posted August 24, 2015 - 06:05 AM

Nice RAM welcome aboard there are quite a few guys here that share your love of the RAM . Take lots of pictures first before taking apart, they make products that will coat the inside of a leaky gas tank within reason of course that work very well. These are cool GTS and deserve a good paint job, you won't be sorry when its done.494.JPG
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Posted August 24, 2015 - 07:45 AM

Nice looking RAM and a very good candidate for restoration.  I am like you in that my tractors are work tractors, not show tractors.  Your on the right track for the restore.  The key to keeping them looking and running good is to keep a roof over their head.  Good luck with your project and welcome to the forum.

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Posted August 24, 2015 - 10:33 AM

Welcome aboard,nice tractor,you will enjoy the hobby,as others said,1 leads to 2,2to 3 and so on,there's a few guys on here that can answer all your questions,be sure to check out the site sponsors if you need any parts

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Posted August 24, 2015 - 12:16 PM

Thank you all! I plan to take many pics as I take it apart. What are your suggestions for organizing bolts/parts so I keep them together and organized?

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Posted August 24, 2015 - 01:15 PM

If you take an item apart and can put the bolts back in it, that's what I usually do, or zip lock bags with the number of bolts, washers and nuts, that were put in it at time of disassembly and a reference to a picture you have stored on your computer or camera written on the bag.
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Posted August 24, 2015 - 07:40 PM

Great looking RAM you got there. Enjoy!

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Posted August 24, 2015 - 08:07 PM

Here are some pics of the reversing disc and of my '59. They are a friction drive, so they are a bit noisier than a gear drive. In The pic of the disassembled pulley you can see there should be a flat on the point. As they wear they tend to get more pointed. There was a guy a few years back remanufacturing them, but I don't know if he still is. They can be a hard part to find. I am nursing an injured shoulder so I cannot start mine to get a video of the reverse yet. I would if I could.image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
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Posted August 25, 2015 - 07:17 AM

Nice RAM! Looking forward to seeing it done!

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Posted August 25, 2015 - 07:42 AM

Nice looking machine, I do not have any reverse discs at the moment but there is a guy that should have them called Hank watkins , I believe he always keeps a few reproductions on hand, I don't know his number but someone on here should have it for you.

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Posted August 25, 2015 - 06:42 PM

I got a reverse disk for my '58 from Bob's Lawn and Garden Tractors, a site sponsor. It's been a few years though.

Looks like a good tractor. Keep us posted on your progress.