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Here is my GK. Been doing basic maintenance on it so far. Getting there but still needs a bunch of work. Hoping to clear snow with it this winter. Creeping up fast.

Doors from a parts machine.

Wheel weights from ebay.

All new fluids.

I plan on posting as much helpful info on here so the GK owners have a place to discuss the unknown.

Anyone have any idea of production numbers?

Thanks,

Phil
 

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I want to thank JPSwift1 for working with me on this purchase and all the help loading it up. I really appreciate it.

The purchase:

(1) running GK with dirt/snow blade

(1) parts GK with snowblower and 72" mower (not-working)

Plenty of new hardware and paint.
 

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My first major project was to reconstruct (as close as possible) the lift bell crank pivot post. See pictures of before and after. Welders out there - don't judge my out of position welds. :watch_over_fence:
 

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No idea yet on production numbers I been collecting serial numbers for all bolens. Always willing to add more.
 

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Here's my info: If you don't mind i'm going to start a topic GK Model/Serial Numbers.

GK tractor: Model: 19604 0 Serial: 177

GK tractor: Model: 19604 0 Serial: 76 (i don't see a '1' in front of this one but it most likely is '176')

GK Snowcaster: Model: 19602 01 Serial: 178

GK Blade: Model: 19603 01 Serial: 484

GK 72" Mower: Model: unreadable or unprinted Serial: 482

Thanks for working on this.
 

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Here's my info: If you don't mind i'm going to start a topic GK Model/Serial Numbers.

GK tractor: Model: 19604 0 Serial: 177

GK tractor: Model: 19604 0 Serial: 76 (i don't see a '1' in front of this one but it most likely is '176')

GK Snowcaster: Model: 19602 01 Serial: 178

GK Blade: Model: 19603 01 Serial: 484

GK 72" Mower: Model: unreadable or unprinted Serial: 482

Thanks for working on this.
Can you post a photo of the ID tags of the tractors?
 
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Part of my hydraulic project was to identify the components and do "regular" maintenance. I found the hydraulic filter in rough shape and was able to locate a replacement. The filter I removed was a Bendix 046648. The filter I replaced it with was a Baldwin PT459. I also replaced the oil (obviously) with regular hydraulic R&O hydraulic fluid from NAPA. The hydraulic pump is a Cessna (still identifying) (70 04 PWS C H20490 OAD2A). The accumulator is a Greerolator (Greer Olaer Products), 15 cu in., s/n 65-12712, 1600 psig @ 185°F. I've been working with a Parker rep. in case I ever need a replacement. Here is what he has sent me so far for replacements in case someone needs this info:

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Size​
Port Size​
Length​
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ACP05AA032E1KTC​
20 C.I.​
#8 SAE​
10.00"​
2.38"​
AD032B21T9A1​
.32 Liter​
#8 SAE​
5.35"​
3.62"​
 

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I don't have photos of all the ID tags right now but here are the ones I have so far. I'll get the rest soon. The numbers are faded on a lot of the tags. You need to use a flashlight and find the right angle where the white letters appear so you can read them.

Parts GK tractor SN

GK snowcaster SN

GK 72" flex mower SN

GK dirt/snow plow SN

Working GK tractor SN (2 pics - SN hard to see)
 

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One thing i've notice in the GK manual on the lubrication chart (3-2) is there are no quantities for oils. I have compiled the following so far. Please feel free to correct me if you have had a different experience.

Transmission: 2 quarts, SAE 90 gear oil

Hydraulic reservoir: (not sure yet. be sure to not overfill. when you retract the steering and lift cylinders the excess oil goes back to the tank and will overflow all over the place)

Drop axles: 6oz each

Chain case: ? (can't figure out how to drain the darn thing)

Range box: 36oz

Steering gear case: ? (i'm planning on changing this out)

NOTE: when re-tightening bolts be sure not to over tighten them. I have already broken off two bolts. They are very soft. One was in the drop axle oil bath cover. The other was on one of the hydraulic valve mount bolts. Thankfully neither are critical. It didn't feel like they were tight at all so check your torque specs for whatever type of bolt is installed in your machines and be careful.
 

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I don't have photos of all the ID tags right now but here are the ones I have so far. I'll get the rest soon. The numbers are faded on a lot of the tags. You need to use a flashlight and find the right angle where the white letters appear so you can read them.

Parts GK tractor SN

GK snowcaster SN
Just fyi the ID tag for these are under the cover that is under the front of the seat. Looks like you have the serial number of the cab for your parts tractor.
 

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Phil,

I'm glad you were able to give her a good home. I'm very impressed with all the work you're doing and I'll certainly be following your thread here to keep an eye on the progress. Keep up the great work, you're a true artist when it comes to restorations!
 

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Always been fascinated by these machines. Have only come across one in the wild for sale. There was a lot of work needed, and I thought the price a bit high. I look forward to your project. Also, very nice work on the pivot :thumbs:
 

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firedudetl1,

Thanks. The snow is discharged through a regular chute. right now the chute is missing because it was cracked and i needed to fix and repaint it. This snowblower is kind of cool. It is (what I call) an inline two stage blower. The center section turns faster than the outer augers. I'd never seen it before. If i get it up and running I'll post some videos of it.
 

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I thought I'd share these awesome pictures i found on the web. Concept grounds keepers. Below they call them estate keepers but who knows what they were called during the conceptual phase. I wanted to give credit where credit is due.

https://www.google.com/search?q=bolens+estate&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=sinv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwizncfG8LzXAhVBSSYKHTQhAzMQ_AUIEygC&biw=768&bih=905#imgrc=rwrwA_zamAo62M:

Brooks Stevens, (American, 1911-1995)
Bolens Corporation
Estate Keeper, n.d.
8x10 BW negative
8x10 BW print
Brooks Stevens Archive, Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of the Brooks Stevens Family and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
BSA_BR_2515
Mower
This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.

http://archive.mam.org/brooks-stevens/details.php?id=1391

Brooks Stevens, (American, 1911-1995)
Bolens Corporation
Estate Keeper, 1963-10-26
8x10 BW negative
8x10 BW print[x2]
Brooks Stevens Archive, Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of the Brooks Stevens Family and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
BSA_BR_2502
Utility tractor
This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.
 

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I thought I'd share the awesome pictures i found on the web. Concept grounds keepers.
I have talked to the guy who help design the GK. I'll see if I can find his story about it and post it.
 

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That's totally awesome! I love knowing those stories and the history behind the designs. Did he work for FMC? FMC made a ton of unique ag equipment. I'm a big fan. If i can say that without sounding totally crazy.
 

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Philgk being a "Big Fan" of Bolens isn't weird at all.... Everyone starts with their 1st Bolens purchase and then they get a thing called the Bolens Bug!! The Bolens Bug is a disease that wives, girlfriends, friends and family don't generally understand... Once the disease fully kicks in the Bolens will start to multiply and fill all your free space in your garage, shop or shed! You will spend countless hours searching, chasing, Buying and repairing/restoring Bolens equipment! Vacations will no longer be leisurely trips to see scenery, visit an amusement park or a historical place. Once the Bolens Bug kicks in Vacation planning starts with a Craigslist search for Bolens treasures, then you make a deal with the seller and plan your vacation around the town/city the Bolens is for sale in..... It happens to the best of us and there is all different levels of it! Just ask Jerome, he has it BAD! Or ask my Wife! LOL. Anytime I plan a spontaneous trip away from home for my wife and I she automatically knows I'm chasing something Bolens! Good luck with the GK and the disease! Were all here to help you through it!
 

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Philgk being a "Big Fan" of Bolens isn't weird at all.... Everyone starts with their 1st Bolens purchase and then they get a thing called the Bolens Bug!! The Bolens Bug is a disease that wives, girlfriends, friends and family don't generally understand... Once the disease fully kicks in the Bolens will start to multiply and fill all your free space in your garage, shop or shed! You will spend countless hours searching, chasing, Buying and repairing/restoring Bolens equipment! Vacations will no longer be leisurely trips to see scenery, visit an amusement park or a historical place. Once the Bolens Bug kicks in Vacation planning starts with a Craigslist search for Bolens treasures, then you make a deal with the seller and plan your vacation around the town/city the Bolens is for sale in..... It happens to the best of us and there is all different levels of it! Just ask Jerome, he has it BAD! Or ask my Wife! LOL. Anytime I plan a spontaneous trip away from home for my wife and I she automatically knows I'm chasing something Bolens! Good luck with the GK and the disease! Were all here to help you through it!
Lol I have so done that.
 
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