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I finally got the HT-23 set up for winter. New tires, tune-up, new paint on hood
and fender pan, new decals from Jeremy Barlow, 54” power angling plow,
retro-fit Sims cab with hard doors, 8 joule strobe, 9-1/2 gallons 50%-50% in
each tire, 100 lbs of wheel weights and 230 lbs of added rear weight.

I was really happy with the way the cab turned out. I added marine cushion
fabric skirts to seal the gaps. I took the pic before I finished the last of the skirts
because the sun was going down. Jeremy’s HT-23 decals turned out fantastic
and he was kind enough to make me custom “Green Attachment” decals for
the cab doors and back, they really give the cab a factory look.

All I need now is some snow, but not too much, I still need to finish mounting
the cab and blower to the GT5000.


<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/aegt5000/HT23Front.jpg">

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/aegt5000/HT23Back.jpg">

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/aegt5000/HT23Side.jpg">

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/aegt5000/FMCWeight.jpg">
 

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Looks good aegt5000 you did another great job of restoring a piece of history.:thumbsup:
 

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Your tractor looks GREAT! Are the rear weights attached to the frame stock? I've never seen that configuration before. Do they interfer with the rear hitch? Great job on the cab!
 

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Jody…
This one wasn’t a restore, more like a face lift.

bontai Joe…
The rear weights are the same 15hp electric motor rotors that I use
on the GT5000. Each weighs about 33lbs. The mounting plate is
homemade from 1/2“ plate and 1-1/4“ threaded rods.
When the weights are on you can’t attach anything to the back of
the tractor. (That’s why I need 6 tractors)
 

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Thanks Jeremy,

Your new decals are a BIG part of it.
The oversided Green attachment decals really make the cab.
Thank you for offering to make them.
 

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Aget500,

You get too much snow fer that tractor are you run out of firewood, thus finding yourself in need of warmer chimes, you’ll be welcome to come down here and do a face lift on one of my tractors. You’d probably do two face lifts at once. On my tractor and one on me. Well, I’ll be smiling big. Guess, you could say that would be a face lift. :)

Great looking tractor. Great looking wood pile. Hope you stay warm and can keep that tractor looking good all winter long.

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WOW AWSOME job!! Looks like you just rolled it of the showroom floor.:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Originally posted by aegt5000
Jody…
This one wasn’t a restore, more like a face lift.

bontai Joe…
The rear weights are the same 15hp electric motor rotors that I use
on the GT5000. Each weighs about 33lbs. The mounting plate is
homemade from 1/2“ plate and 1-1/4“ threaded rods.
When the weights are on you can’t attach anything to the back of
the tractor. (That’s why I need 6 tractors)
Nothing wrong at all with neding 6 tractors, except for those that need more :D I've got 3 opps, 4 and have a possibility at a 5th. That would make 4 Deeres and 1 Bolens. I asked about your weights, because it almost looks like it could be a stock setup.

Jeremy,
Nice decals!!!! Do you do other brands? or strictly Bolens?
 

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Bontai Joe,
I only have Bolens decals at this time. I just added the HT23 decals, with Anthony as my first customer. I also carry the 650, 750, 850, 1050 and 1250 - with more to follow in 2005. Thanks for the comments.
Jeremy

Bolens Decals
 

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Looks great!!!

But I do have one complaint!! I feel cheated!! I would really like to see the step by step photos as the tractor went from "before" to "after" Maybe over the winter when you have everything finished, you could fill in the missing photos?

Yeah I know some guys are never satisfied!:D
 

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aegt5000,

Dont know how I almost missed this thread. I have to poke my head in here more often! That is one sweet looking machine!!

Its actually too nice and clean to use!! You might have to change your handle.....whats the spec's on the Bolens Hydro? belt drive? hydrolic lifts? weight without attachments? it looks beefy....
I dont know much about them actually....
I noticed you most likely wont be using chains, I wonder how good is traction without the chains ? - I think you got enough weight....

damn, you have a lot of wood !! around here the price of wood is pretty good and can offest the fuel costs. Are you using it to heat primarily over oil?

You still have the GT5000 with Cab -not sure if it had chains...whats its role now??

Ducati
 

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The HT 23 is THE garden tractor!! I don't want to deny aegt a chance to boast so I'll wait for him to describe this beast!:D
 

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aegt5000, nice job on the Bolens. It is a pretty tractor, now that you have it cleaned up it's time to wopk it... Great job..
 

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Looks GREAT !!!

I only wish one of my HT 20s looked half as good.. When can I drop one off ?? I would give my first born in trade .... He is a good worker... as long as its after 10 am

GREAT JOB
 

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Everyone…Thanks for the compliments.

sixchows…
Here are some eBay pic’s of the tractor and cab, sorry but I don’t have
any “In-Process” pic’s.

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/aegt5000/HT23.jpg">

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/aegt5000/HT23cab02.jpg">

Duc…

Here are the HT-23 Spec’s, it really was a serious garden tractor.

Engine…Kohler 23HP Twin Cyl, Air Cooled
Fuel Capacity…5 Gallons
Engine Oil…4 Quarts
Drive…Direct, drive shaft
Transaxle…Bolens / Eaton 11, with Hi-Lo range
Speed Forward…0 to 10 mph
Speed Reverse…0 to 5 mph
Attachment Speed…2000 RPM
Power to Attachments…Triple belt drive to splined PTO shaft to attachment drive shaft.
Tires Front…18 x 9.50-8
Tires Rear…26 x 12.00-12
Width…46 in
Length…75 in
Weight…1100 lbs (Tractor without attachments)
Hydraulic lift and Aux quick connects for power angling piston.
Power Steering…2389s models

With the plow, cab and added ballast, the tractor weighs in at about 1880 lbs !
I had no traction problems with these tires and no chains at half that weight
with the GT5000. So I’m expecting this guy to push pretty well this winter.
The GT5000 will now sit behind a 46in 2 stage snow blower and under its
own cab. I’m modifying the GT5000 cab doors to accommodate the blowers
lift arm and will post pic’s when I’m done.

Firewood is used in 2 Vermont Casting wood burning stoves. I only fire one
stove now and only if the temp. drops below 30 Deg. and use about 3 – 4
cord’s a year. The house is really heated by a gas fired boiler. A while back
when I had less money and more energy, I used both stoves 24 / 7 and cut
my gas bill to $75.00 in winter months. We burned 10–1/2 cords that year !
That’s too much work and took the fun out of having a fire going, never again.

Ken…I already have one of those helpers, but would love to have one of
your HT-20’s.

I can’t figure you guys ! I made this post with no pics of the details and
it gets all kinds of responses. But when I posted the HOME MADE 3 point
hitch on the back end of my 1250 FEL thread, complete with dimensioned
mechanical drawings and detailed installation photo’s…not 1 response ???
 
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