If I may I would like to place my Bolens 1053 up for nomination. It was originally purcahsed as a parts tractor and it had seen a lot of modifications since it left the Bolens factory to begin its life. When I purchased it the tractor was missing a lot of parts as well which appeared to have been removed as the modifications / changes occurred. Someone had extended the frame to allow a larger engine to be mounted on it, added a second lift lever on the left side, cut pieces out of the fender pan around the transmission shifter area and cut both the panels that cover the frame tubes. The tractor arrived with no engine, no hood and needed a lot of TLC since it had seen very little love in the last few years before I saw it.
I walked by the tractor every once in a while and thought about it over the course of a couple of years and after learning that this model of tractor was only produced for one year at the beginning of the 1970's I just didn't have the heart to let it sit in its neglected state. I had a TRA-10D Wisconsin engine that I had removed from a Bolens 1050 (which was also the engine used on the 1053 model) and was able to purchase a used 1050 hood which was similar to the original hood except it had a cut out on the right side for the exhaust exit. Some of the other missing sheet metal items were made as well as some of the mechanical items required to return the tractor to its present state so it could once again feel loved and be useful. The pieces that were cut out around the shifter area were cut and formed from heavy gauge sheet steel and welded to the original fender. The hole for the exhaust in the hood was filled in with new steel and the engine was given an overhaul with a new piston, rod and valves - the block was bored to accept the new piston and the crankshaft was turned as well. The seat was recovered by me with the rear part getting the "Bolens" name sewn into it to make it resemble the original which had the "Bolens" name heat pressed and formed into the material. The engine received an upgrade to electronic ignition using a GM crank sensor and 4 pin module and also now sports an electronic voltage / current regulator which is housed inside an original mechanical regulator body. While the tractor is not 100% original it still looks very similar to what an original 1053 would look like when it left the Bolens factory.
Thank you for looking and good luck to all entrants.