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  1. Thank you for the birthday wishes Alan and Nigel, I had a very good day. Joseph
  2. A second snow day – The sequel and time to try ploughing snow with the Westwood D1200 and the Bolens 1054. It was good to compare all three tractors
  3. We did not need to wait long to try out our replica Bolens HT snow plough. It was a lot of fun and worked very well.
  4. Our project to make a replica Bolens HT snow plough finished last week but it was a long session and we did not have the chance to talk about the project. In this video we talk about the project, the challenging parts and the bits we enjoyed most and what we would like to do next. This project would not have been possible without help from some great people. Thanks Chris Stoneman for letting us copy his blade, Rick (Bolens parts supplier) for supplying a hydraulic cylinder and Mark Smith (Restorationdecals.co.uk) for making and supplying the decals.
  5. In this session we finish the project and we are very pleased with the way it turned out. All the parts are painted, everything is assembled and we gave it a quick test.It was a bit rushed and we were being very careful not to damage the paint, so we will do an overview of the project next weekend. We are now waiting for some snow! Thanks to Mark at restorationdecals for the decals
  6. Very busy day today on the Bolens large frame snow plough replica as the aim was to get all the remaining parts made and all the existing parts repaired and cleaned ready for paint
  7. Some more progress on the Bolens HT snow plough replica. In this video we start the repairs to the blade
  8. A bit more progress on the snow plough. In this video we finish making the clevis forks and get the hydraulic cylinder cleaned up and painted with primer. I was very pleased with how the clevis forks turned out.
  9. Further progress on the Bolens HT snow plough replica despite the workshop feeling like it is 10 degrees colder than outside and the outside temperature is at freezing point. The workshop soon warmed up or we got the hang of the temperature. We finished work on the swivel, started making the clevis forks and finished the main frame. Video of progress
  10. Merry Christmas everyone! Hoping for a better year in 2021
  11. We have put together a quick Christmas video. Merry Chrismas everyone and we hope to see you in 2021
  12. We have a space heater but I think dad hides the fuel It would be great to have a wood burner in the workshop
  13. A bit more done on the snow plough. This time we worked on the blade swivel bracket. We already had a swivel bracket from a different tractor which needed to be modified. A lot of work went into modifing this and it might have been easier to make one from scratch
  14. A bit more progress on the Bolens HT snow plough replica. In this video we make up the brackets on the frame for the hydraulic cylinder and make the pins for the frame.
  15. Thanks Alan. I think this is going to take much longer than I thought. Dad and I really missed not being able to catch up with you and the other members at RPT and TF this year. I hope you are well and a catchup is overdue
  16. Further progress on the Bolens HT snow plow replica. In this video, we do more welding on the frame and finish the mount for the swivel
  17. Thanks Norm. Yes, we are very lucky to have some good tools and it is great to have a project to help learn more about using them
  18. We had another day on the project. It was a day of cutting, drilling, milling and welding. Video update of progress
  19. Great to see someone else from Norfolk. We are still on the lookout for a roundhood. Looking forward to following this
  20. We were hit had with the beast from the east a couple of years ago and it would be good to have something similar, but only after the plough is built and assuming we have plenty of fire wood in the house. I have been spending too much time on US forums, where nobody knows what you mean if you call it a plough
  21. It looks fantastic as a four wheel tractor and it will be good to see it in action
  22. It has been a while since we have have posted. We have started a new project which is to build a replica of the Bolens large frame snow/dirt blade, Bolens part number 18085. The simple rule is that it is not allowed to snow until we are finished This is a very rare attachment and realistically our only chance of owning one is to make a replica. Chris Stoneman recently purchased one of the few know to exisit in the UK and we picked it up for him which gave us the chance to take lots of measurements. Chris's blade did not come with the lift push rods and we need some help with those. In the manual, it says that the distance between the centre line of the holes in the clevis rodes is 26-1/2" which gives a bit of an insight into the lengths of the rods. We did some searching on the Internet and that highlighted that the push rods are 20" long for the early large frames and 22-1/2" long for the HT's. We will be fitting this to our HT20 which suggests we need to make 22-1/2" rods. If someone has this attachement I would be grateful if you can measure the length of the push rods and confirm if they are 22-1/2". Also it would be helpful to know the length of the threaded part of the rod. Thanks in advance. At the moment we get one tractor day a week so this project will take a while but it should be fun and I hope you follow along. I am making some notes of the work we are doing and making videos of the progress. In today's video I cover the preperation and cutting of the metal.
  23. Thanks for the birthday wishes. For presents I got some tools and a tripod for my YouTube videos Thanks Joseph
  24. It is sad that he dumped the charts. I really appreciate you taking the time to ask and the information you have found out is really useful, thanks. We were wondering if the brackets were slightly different for various models, so it is good to have that confirmed. We are planning to relocate the idler to where we think it should be and measure for a belt, at least that will give us an idea of the size
  25. The idler pulley has been relocated and without know where it should be located it creates too many variables. If we can't find the correct belt, we will guess the location of the idlers, measure with some string and buy a belt. Even if it is wrong one it may help work out what it should be It is good to see him busy That would be fantastic if you are able to find out. Thanks for looking
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