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I was talking to my nephew at the family Christmas party last month and he told me he still had an old Bolens and hadn't done anything with all these years later, and I could have it as a retirement project if I wanted it. I went to look at it yesterday and decided I would take it. The back story is that his Dad brought it home from Pennsylvania several years ago and Mike was going to fix it up. The trans in it was not working. Mike opened it up, took one look and went looking for help with it. They found a donor trans and found a guy to fix it. He swapped out the needed pats from the donor to the original and it was back in business, till he found that it wouldn't move in neutral. So there it sits to this day in his garage, and he is no longer interested in it. I found and downloaded the manuals for it and started reading. I narrowed it down to 1967, 68, or 69 by what I could read of the ID tag. If anyone knows how to bring back the serial number on a decal so it can be read please let me know. I think I have solved the problem of it not moving in neutral. This trans has a variable tension differential and a pin lock release to allow the tractor to be moved by hand in neutral. I'll let Mike know this so he knows it probably doesn't need any more repair work on it. As it stands, I'll have some work to do to put it all back together and get in running. He said it ran before so the Wisconsin should be ok. It also has a deck and a snowblower that goes with it which he said are in good shape. Those are still at his Dad's house and will come with it. If all goes well I plan to pick this up when the weather warms up this spring. I took a few pics as best I could, and yes those wheel weights come behind it come with it too, among other things he said. So they aren't the greatest. but here they are....

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Ah yes, the good old free wheeling pin.

Make you wonder just how many gear driven tube frames were scrapped because people thought that the transmissions were locked up?

Looks like that 1050 has a LOT of potential.
 

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Dosen't look too bad. You can tell it was taken care of since the original seat is still intact and has its color. Probably never seen a night out in the elements.

The Steering Wheel indicates 67'-69' but the serial number on the Wisconsin Engine will help narrow the year.

Does he have the rest of the Dash?

Good luck with the project, If you have any questions about it the Bolens guys are here for you :D
 

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I had a 1050 for a little while, and I too thought there was some problem with the trans or rear-end....Turns out there was a problem and the lock/unlock device wasn't working correctly!
 

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Looks like you'll have a nice tractor once you get it back together. Did the wheel weights come with it also?
 

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Nato, the wheel weights do come with it.
I was hoping they did other wise I was thinking you over paid for the tractor :D
 

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I was hoping they did other wise I was thinking you over paid for the tractor :D
Still paid too much for it. :deadhorse:

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