It is a beautiful day as Mother Nature is giving a taste of what spring looks like today. With the outside temperature at 45°F and the sun shining I decided to start on a new fabrication project in the shop today. I made a new seat pan about 5 years ago for a Bolens 1000 when I recovered two seats for two members and at the time I made some notes and drawings to help me in case I ever had a need to fabricate another one. A member has expressed interest in one so I have decided to try and make another complete new seat using my notes. Since the Bolens 1000 (Model 190-01) was only produced for one year and had a very unique seat (part # 1716657) that is not overly abundant this thread may be helpful to present and future owners. Rather than resurrect the original thread I did back in 2015 I am starting a new thread and I will try and go into more detail about how the seat was originally constructed and how a new seat pan can be fabricated along with drawing and measurements where possible that may help someone that wants to make a seat pan and cannot find an old original seat to use as a patten. I have attached a picture of the seat from the parts illustration and also a picture of what an original seat would look like from the front and rear. The seat consists of a metal seat pan, an upper and lower padding piece that are covered with red vinyl, a white plastic back with a hand hole and another piece of red vinyl glued to the front of the seat pan in the hand hold area. The covered padding and the rear plastic piece were stuck to the metal seat pan on the front and back and then sewn together around the outer edge to join them together. In my opinion this seat design was probably a bit expensive to construct and prone to failure because the plastic back and the cover were larger than the outer edges of the metal seat pan and relied on the sewing around the outer edge to keep everything together. With the plastic back being sewn using a needle and thread it became a weak spot due to the needle holes punched through it (much the same way as perforated paper will tear easily where the holes are) creating an outer lip area that cracked easily with vibration over time. Once the outer edge started to come apart the seat cover and metal seat pan would begin to deteriorate because moisture could then penetrate and start corroding the metal seat pan which I believe was left as bare metal at the factory. Once the seat got to that point my guess would be that a lot of owners removed the cover and used just the bare metal pan or removed the seat and replaced it with one from another model tractor such as a 900 or 1050. Sometimes the fender, which was made of fibreglass on the 1000 model, would also get replaced with one from another model given some of the pictures of the 1000 that I have seen over the years.
While a different seat functions and lets the tractor be used some people prefer an original seat so that their tractor can remain true to its roots and for those doing a restoration an original style seat is a "must have" as it is one of the parts that makes the Bolens 1000 model unique.
Edit: For those interested here is a link to the original thread that I did
Edited by 29 Chev, March 09, 2020 - 07:47 PM.