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Bolens Estate Keeper

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On Saturday I bought Tom's Bolens Estate Keeper from him. I have not really had much chance to look at it properly yet, however I it looks like a EK7 and largely original except that box under the seat and the angle iron on the engine cover.

 

It is not currently running and needs some love.

 

Iain

 

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Iain, 

 

That's a nice score and pleased that Tom sold it to you. I was tempted by that one up in Bristol but I am just going to concentrate on TFs. I know of a LK that could keep it company and it will fit on a pallet too......

 

 

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I agree with you that it's in good nick for its age. Good to see an early example here in the UK too.  .:thumbs:

 

There's a guy on GTT (BrianEK7&EK10) that got a collection of EKs; might be worth contacting him for advice or spares.....

 

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2 hours ago, Triumph66 said:

I agree with you that it's in good nick for its age. Good to see an early example here in the UK too.  .:thumbs:

 

There's a guy on GTT (BrianEK7&EK10) that got a collection of EKs; might be worth contacting him for advice or spares.....

 

 

Thanks for the info Andrew, I will follow up on that. Dr Bolens has a fantastic example too. I have been going through the parts list today and struggling with the ignition switch. It is a Bolens part number I have never come across before and does not appear to be used on any other Bolens I have. The ignition switch on the tractor has been swapped with a switch for on/off and a micro switch (which looks like something I have seen on a building lift) for the starter.

 

Iain

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I just love the LK, EK  machines. Great score on a lovely well taken care of machine. You should be proud to own it! I have been involved with several GTT talk vendors about early Indak switches and possible reproductions and sources, However, on all but one switch I have bought in the course of this "hobby", the switch was not the eventual culprit of the problem, at least not entirely. I have had many with rusty contact points, I have had many other electrical issues that made me think it was the switch, but only once was it the switch. That said, I now have an ample supply of spare Indak switches for my tractors. Indak has a site as well.

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Thanks Alain. In this case a previous owner has removed the ignition switch and replaced it with something that resembles a aftermarket car light switch.

 

i think I will get the tractor running first and then tackle looking for a replacement switch

 

Iain

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31 minutes ago, slf-uk said:

Thanks Alain. In this case a previous owner has removed the ignition switch and replaced it with something that resembles a aftermarket car light switch.

 

i think I will get the tractor running first and then tackle looking for a replacement switch

 

Iain

Previous owners are very "inventive" aren't they?

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We finally managed to get the Estate Keeper running. My assistant and chief test driver has made a video covering most of the work we did on the tractor and a demonstration of it in action. Very cool machine, I love it

 

 

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