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Well as some may know I have 2 Bolens 1000's. I drove very far for both of them and both have their pro's and cons. I bought my 1st 1000 years ago and drove 6 1/2hrs into Ohio for it. It ran good, and operated great, but once I got home and posted it up I learned that it didn't have an original seat on it. So I was kinda upset I drove so far for it and it wasn't in original condition. Then just last summer I stumbled across a 1000 in CT. It was a steal for the asking price but I was 6+hrs away from where it was and I wasn't sure I could take a trip for it. Luckily the seller worked with me and Barry snagged the tractor for me and stored it till I could take the trip to get it. That 1000 is all original but has clutch issues and hasn't been run in a very long time! So I was actually thinking about making 1 good 1000 out of the 2. I was considering it because 1000's themselves are hard to come by in my area, 1000 with the original seats are even harder to find in everyone's area I think, and I knew a seat would be nearly impossible to find just being sold separately. Well I got lucky! I snagged a seat, and a spare pto from a guy online. He cut me a great price on the 2 and they just showed up in a huge box. The seat is rough but the metal pan is solid. But I'm pretty sure there is a guy floating around this site that does excellent restorations on these 1000 seats.... (29chevy) now my 2 1000's will be complete! Time to save my pennies so I can send them to 29chevy and he can make them look factory again!!!
 

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Maybe he will just refer you to the last few issues of LAGT mag with instructions on YOU doing it?? :D
I was really surprised at the amount of detail LAGT put into that series with the seat redo.

Too bad I'm not worth a darn with a sewing machine, so I too will be purchasing some of (29 Chevy) work;)
 

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I have never tried nor do I have access to a sewing machine. Wish I had one because It's a great skill to have for sure! But one I've never learned. Kinda like body work and painting. I can body work to an extent, but never painted anything. Wish I would of took autobody in school! I took regular auto shop and was top of the class because my dad taught me everything I needed to know on the mechanical side. Should of took autobody so I would of learned something.
 

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Looks like a nice Bolens 1000 seat for the year of it - the vinyl and padding appear to have the usual problems that come with upholstery materials that are fifty plus years old - glad you were able to find it for your second tractor.

It is always good to learn new things I find - especially as one gets older it helps to keep the mind young and challenged. Sewing is not a hard task to master - I still liken it to bolting or welding metal together only instead of using metal you are using vinyl or fabric and instead of using bolts or welds you are using thread - just working with softer and more flexible materials.
 
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