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Well, it’s almost done. After 6 weeks of working on the tractor and
about 12 more weeks of hunting up loader parts and modifying the
loader to accept them, I was able to drive it out of the garage today.
Still need to install my GENUINE Bolens wheel weights and the rear
ballast for the loader.

This was a my first Bolens tractor. I bought it on e-Bay, it was used
by a roofing contractor who would lift it onto a flat commercial
building roof and use it to scrape the tardown and insulation off the
deck. When I got it, it was very rusty and full of tar. Both the tractor
and loader were completely disassembled. Every single piece was
sandblasted, primed and painted. Every bushing and bearing was
replaced, engine got glaze break on bore, new rings and rod bearings
and lapped in the valves. Hydro axle seals replaced, every wire,
electrical part and belt replaced. Rebuilt loader hydraulic pump and
control valve, replaced all hydraulic cylinders, new hydraulic piping,
hoses and fittings, added return line hydraulic filter. Replaced all loader
pivot bushings and pins and welded new wear edge on the bucket.

I would like to thank Robert Fenn at Horizon Equipment in Dunstable,
MA who was an invaluable source of Bolens parts and information and
who always got back to me the same day I made a request. If you need
Bolens parts Bob is the guy you can count on.
Contact is: http://bolensman.com/

I would also like to thank Jeremy Barlow who supplied every decal
you see on the tractor and the loader and for all of the information he has
uploaded on the Bolens large frame tractor.
Contact is: [email protected].

And last but absolutely not least, I would like to thank our Moderator
sixchows, who was solely and completely responsible for infecting me
with “Bolens Fever” a disease I am sure I will take to my grave.

Well here are the pic’s, I hope you enjoy them.


This first one is from the sellers e-Bay pictures. It gives you an idea
of what the tractor was like when I got it. You can’t imagine how
much rust, grease and tar was on every inch of the frame.
 

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You do good work aegt5000. That sure is a beautiful tractor. I especially like the way it looks with those ag tires on the front. Makes it look as tough as it really is.
 

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WOW!!! IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!
I must admit when you said you weren't going to do a 100% resto in the original colors, I was a little disappointed, but it looks GREAT! The white/black combo also makes it look newer, like the mid 70's models. That steering wheel looks good too, where's it from? Again, really nice job! You should be very proud!

The other thing that impressed me was the grass! Looks like a golf course. How long was the tractor parked there before the picture was taken? I know that has to be at least 1100lbs sitting there and there aren't even any marks from the AG's.
 

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Anthony,
All I can say is WOW!!! That is one sweet 1250. You did a great job on your restoration. Thanks for all of the pictures. I look forward to seeing your HT23 when you finish it.
Jeremy
 

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It looks GREAT it don't look like the same tractor.:thumbsup: I like the tires it makes it look big and bad:thumbsup:
 

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The steering wheel is fom a boating supply house. The 1250 has a
tapered steering shaft end that matches up to the taper used on some
boat steering wheels.

The grass is growing like crazy. I cut Sunday morning and it’s growing
like it does during the spring. After putting the attachment decals, Jeremy
sent, on the loader arms, I just pulled it out of the garage, jumped off and
took the pic’s.
 

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Are you still runing a Wisconsin S12D/S14D engine in that? Is the loader pump running off 1 of the 3 PTO pulleys on the engine? Are you using front spindles/wheels from an HT series or is that a custom setup? Are the front tires the same size as your HT23? Sorry for all the questions... I'm just fascinated.
Jeremy
 

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Jeremy…

Thanks for the attachment decals, they look perfect on the loader arms.

The tractor has the original Wisconsin S12D, I don’t know some say it
was under powered. Maybe with the deck or snowblower. While I don’t
have any ballast weight yet, the tractor has 9-1/2 gallons of 50% / 50%
antifreeze / water in each tire and it will spin the Super Lugs until it burry’s
itself.

The loader pump runs off the same front pulleys that use to drive the PTO
(the tractor no longer has a PTO)

The front spindles are factory, 1in tapered roller bearings, inside and out.

The front tires are larger than the HT-23, they are 20 x 10 x 8 Super Lugs.
 

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Anthony,
I laughed when I read what your front tires were... the same 20x10x8 superlugs that I put on the rear of my Craftsman DYT4000. Your 1250 simply looks mean! I'm gad I could help. By the way, how do you attach files to messages here? I don't see where I can do it. I thought I would attach a pic of my 1250, just before I sold it last month.
Jeremy
 
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