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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted July 08, 2010 - 03:00 PM

Greetings Gents

I was invited to the forum by Bolens 1000 after he read a thread of mine on another forum.

I recently inherited a '64 800 and am thinking of getting it running again. However that may not happen as "The War Department"** keeps giving me a 'certain look' when I start talking about doing that.

I have no idea when it last ran, but I have verified that the engine is free and not stuck. The cover over the points was removed at some time ( see pic#100_1308 in the pics link), and over the last 5-7 years they have rusted and the condenser will need replaced as well. As an added 'bonus', the air cleaner was removed and I have no idea where it is.

Anyway, here are all the numbers that I could find on the tractor.

Model#: 188 01
Serial#: 212x or 212xx (part of the tag is missing)

Wisconsin Engine
Model#: S-8D
Size: 3 1/8 x 2 5/8
Serial#: 3633262
Spec#: 231552

Front Blade
Part# 18532 02

Here are some pics of the critter:
http://storagemain.z...44&r=mg&lang=en

I'm getting the rear tires fixed so that they hold air, and will be doing the same for the fronts.

If someone here would give me an approximate value of it as is (not running), and as is but running I would appreciate it.

I'd kinda like to get it running and use it for little jobs, but "the War Department"** thinks I should sell it, and use the proceeds to offset the cost of a front blade for the Cub Cadet we just bought.

Knowing what the 800 is worth would help in making that decision.

Thanks for any help you guys might have.



** Wife :D

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Posted July 08, 2010 - 03:21 PM

OldBuzzard:welcometogttalk:glad to have you here.

I also have a Bolens 800.

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Posted July 08, 2010 - 03:27 PM

I would definitely keep it. These Bolens are pretty tough and durable.
The wisconsin engine's are great runners also. although 8HP may seem underpowered , it can do alot of work.
You can usually get an air cleaner assembly on places like ebay or craigslist for around $20.

The plow is worth about $100-$150
in as-is condition without knowing the condition of the engine or transmission I'd say you would probably get $50-$150

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Posted July 08, 2010 - 05:12 PM

i agree with Bolens 1000 on the value of your 800. i paid $20 for my 900 in similar condition but that is not to say that is what yours is worth, just giving what input i can

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Posted July 08, 2010 - 09:30 PM

Welcome to the Forum, Old Buzzard. Didn't anyone tell you... ya never get rid of an old Bolens! :D

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Posted July 09, 2010 - 06:35 AM

OK...Got the rear wheels off, and having them re-tubed. Also got the pin on the right side real axle free (took a liberal amount od PBlaster and tapping it out with a piece of 1/2" rod) so the it will freewheel now.

I'm needing to get the front wheels off so I can re-tube them as well, but those danged dust covers are proving to be a PITA. Any hints on how to remove them, or do I just 'brute force" them off with a pipe wrench or channel locks?

Also, is there a good place to get the points and condenser for the engine?

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Posted July 09, 2010 - 07:29 AM

I've never had much problem getting the dust caps off,channel locks would probably work but there is a special tool made for that.
This one is for a car,but the same idea.
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Posted July 09, 2010 - 07:50 AM

Methinks that it's gonna be Channel-Locs :D

Gotta love NAPA...they have the points & condenser. I should have those later this afternoon.

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Posted July 09, 2010 - 07:53 AM

That's good news if you can get the parts today.

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Posted July 09, 2010 - 01:50 PM

Yep, I use channel locks to take mine off

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Posted July 09, 2010 - 06:58 PM

Welp...got the old girl standin' on all 4 feetsies :D

Picked up the parts from NAPA, but I'm thinking that he gave me the wrong ones :(

What I got was parts to 'rebuild' the points, and those parts look nothing like what's there now.

Gonna have to go back down and take the old set of points with me so that they can get the right ones.

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Posted July 09, 2010 - 07:10 PM

If you cant get the points from Napa you can try these sites....

samsbolens.com
or
Fox Products Page

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Posted July 11, 2010 - 05:19 AM

Went back to NAPA, this time armed with a pic of the points and the Wisconsin part number.

Had to search through a couple a manuals, but finally found them :D Not going to be able to get them until Tues.

Now I'm on the hunt for an air filter. I downloaded a parts manual for the S-7D/S-8D, They show three types. One is for a much later engine that the one I have. The other two are an oil bath type, and a dry element type. Which would be the correct one?

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Posted July 11, 2010 - 07:12 AM

If your looking to go original, the oil bath type is the correct one. The later model S-8D's used a dry element air cleaner. The dry type will probably be easier to find..
Here's a pic of the different types:bolens haul 006.jpg

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Posted July 11, 2010 - 07:19 AM

bolens haul 007.jpg Here is another pic of the dry element on the seat ,couldnt find a closer up pic.




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