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Before I start there are 2 disclaimers.
1-the garage is far cleaner now, I just spent the weekend in there working with my 2yr old(hence the tornado appearance)
2-the switches have been straightened(had to tweak a brace a bit)
That being said....enter the Bolens 1050 I picked up recent from a forum member.
Everything I needed, midsize which is fine for my couple acres and it ran. I'm not picky, gimmie the bones and I'll give it personality.
It came with a sleeve hitch and an atv winch mounted to the right side footrest that raised/lowered the sleeve hitch. Not ideal, but it worked.
Headlights didn't work, seat was uncomfortable for my old back and it didn't want to run quite right.
No problem, seat was swapped out with a high back from one of my other riders I had in the shed, took a little work to get it mounted, but it's done.
I like to stretch out on the long trips back and forth, so the footrest needed to be freed up. After seeing another post on here about mounting a winch under the seat, I tried it, a little tweaking to the winch plate, and some grade 8 hardware, she slipped right in, now I'm not stepping over a winch cable and winch in order to sit down.



Also you can see is my storebought solution to hooking up other items to the tractor, the "hitching post". I was not able to hook up my 1 7/8 ball to the factory hitch and hook up the trailer as it was too close to the rear end. This pulled it out about an inch, which was all I needed, plus adding in the attachment point for standard lawn equipment as well. A great spend of $25.


Next step was lighting. I have a light fetish, I admit it.The stock ones were not working. Unsure if it was switch, bulbs or wiring. Didn't bother to troubleshoot. I ran to Lowes and picked up 2 replacement bulbs for $8 each. A little new wiring and they are as good as the lights on my car.


Well of course the had to go to a switch, and as luck would have it, I had a few laying around from a rockcrawler build that I never completed. So there it went. 3 switch pod. Headlights, rear light, and the winch controls will be the 3rd slot.


did I mention it's straight now?:drunkie:

Also you can see in the pic I added a 12v plug on the right side, perfect for ...whatever. I plan on keeping the voltage monitor that is shown in the pic, just to make sure the charging system is working as it should be.

Last additions are in the rear. I don't foresee myself spending a lot of time in a high traffic area(being as I live at the end of a road in a culdesac, well away from any roads with lines on them). But to be on the safe side, I added in a couple red LED pods from another previously discarded project.


And last but not least was a rear light. I had planned on LEDs to keep the current draw down, but realizing it would only be kept on a portion of the time made me change my mind and go the old fashioned route. None of the LEDs I had(or have have seen in the "budget" range) had the throw I was looking for. As luck would have it. I had a set of fog lights from a past vehicle, and mounted one up perfectly in the old taillight holes.


plenty bright


and has a good pattern as well, should do fine, even with the sleeve hitch and attachments on



there is the rundown on this weekends work on the beast.
Oh, and what are the chances I would have had an air filter laying around that fit a 40yr old lawn tractor? :dunno: pretty good apparently, some new gas and air air filter that passes air,she runs like a champ. Next will be replacing throttle and choke cables, but hey..baby steps, I might actually have to pay for those.

I know some purists are prob gasping and having left arm pains, but hey, it's mine, I bought it to work, and to be as functional as possible, and well..it's getting there. (cupholder goes on tomorrow :trink40:)
 

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Looking good and you can't beat use parts that you had just laying around.
I like where you put the whinch it looks like it will be real useful there. It's your tractor so make it how you want it even if others may disagree.
 

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That's some good stuff right thar! I too have a Bolens (1254) that I am reviving to suit me and might offend the true restorers. I like your hitchin'post solution. I think I may get one myself. The lights are spot on (pun in tended). Keep up the good work and as always - post pics often.
 

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Nice way to revive the Bolens :thThumbsU
I like where you put the winch and the lights seem to be bright!!!

Keep up the nice work!!!!



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That's some good stuff right thar! I too have a Bolens (1254) that I am reviving to suit me and might offend the true restorers. I like your hitchin'post solution. I think I may get one myself. The lights are spot on (pun in tended). Keep up the good work and as always - post pics often.
it's worked out great so far, I think I am going to pull the factory hitch off and weld on a gusset to be on the safe side though, I'm not too good at knowing when to stop loading a trailer, so I'd rather not bend it too badly.

Nice way to revive the Bolens :thThumbsU
I like where you put the winch and the lights seem to be bright!!!

Keep up the nice work!!!!



Merrie​

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Thanks! I was impressed the difference in light output between the old bulbs and the new ones. Both were 35watt ones, but I don't think the old ones where putting out half the light. I will get some night shots up this weekend.
 

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I have the lift lever or hand lift for that was on that tractor before and I don't need it or really want it. If you are interested in it send me a PM.
 

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I have the lift lever or hand lift for that was on that tractor before and I don't need it or really want it. If you are interested in it send me a PM.
Thanks for the offer, but I don't think I will need it.I had thought about going back to it since the winch still drops the load a bit since it doesn't have an internal brake, but it still is easier to hit a button than lift that lever!
 

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a few shots of the lights...yes, I know, I'm slow, but I had hidden the camera from my 2yr old, and then promptly forgot where I put it as well.

obviously the rear light, it's a little low when I have the cart on, but it'll work, been contemplating adding lights to the cart, but how often do I really need it?


Close up of the pattern of the headlights



a distance shot
 
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