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#16 grand OFFLINE  

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Posted December 24, 2012 - 09:35 PM

Thanks for the update Brian,and the nice pics. Hopefully Dr Bolens surgery is successful.
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Posted January 12, 2013 - 03:41 PM

Decided to take a break on the Versa-Matic and finally put the freshly rebuilt carb on the 850.

I put on the carb and it fired up and was running like crap. No matter what adjustments I made it was running terrible!

So I pulled the plug and noticed a very weak orange spark..... Off came the points cover only to find the screw that holds the points in place was loose! I had a new set of points already on the shelf so I replaced them and she fired right up.

 

I'm beginning think someone cursed my Bolens with all this trouble with the 850 and Versa-Matic lately... :loosing_it:

 

Will post a short video of her running later :D

 

Atleast I'll have a tractor with a plow on it now for snow



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 04:34 PM

Great to here you got her up and running! Looking forward to the video :thumbs:

 

Did a off color GT move into the neighbor hood lately? If so maybe it is sneaking over and messing with yours.  :mad2:  :D 



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 07:00 PM


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Posted January 15, 2013 - 12:43 PM

Sounds like you got up and running good. Thanks for the video Doc. :thumbs:



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Posted January 15, 2013 - 04:28 PM

SOUNDS GREAT.. WISH IT WOULD SNOW HERE!!!

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Posted January 15, 2013 - 08:12 PM

That sounds pretty darn good.Those old Wisconsin engines sound like no other engine.I can tell when my neighbor down the street fires up his Bolens 850 with Wisconsin S8D or his 1256 with 12hp Tecumseh or my other neighbor with his old Cub Cadet 122 or my big old MTD 960 with Cast iron 14hp Briggs.They all sound different. 


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 12:43 AM

Hey, Brian, I just noticed from your video that some of those "off-color GT's" that Chris M was talking about must have snuck in late at night and stole the Starter/Generator off of your 850!

 

Seriously though, why no S/G on your machine?  I can see the mounting bracket for one as well as the loose wires that should connect up to it.

 

But hey, at least your 850 runs a whole heck of a lot better than mine does right now!     :anvil_drop: 



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 02:50 AM

That engine sounds awesome! Congrats to getting her up and running! :thumbs:



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 06:58 AM

Hey, Brian, I just noticed from your video that some of those "off-color GT's" that Chris M was talking about must have snuck in late at night and stole the Starter/Generator off of your 850!

 

Seriously though, why no S/G on your machine?  I can see the mounting bracket for one as well as the loose wires that should connect up to it.

 

But hey, at least your 850 runs a whole heck of a lot better than mine does right now!     :anvil_drop:

 

Most of my Tubeframes dont have working starters on them.... I have them lined up to rebuild but don't use them enough to justify spending the $150+ to rebuild them. They all start in the 1st pull anyway so its not really too bad.



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 09:36 AM

The kits to rebuild a starter generator should be less than $15 at a NAPA. Turning the commutator is nice but often not necessary. It usually takes me less than 2 hours to do one because I allow 1+ hours of drying time. I bought a bunch of the old Chevy generator kits years ago and use them. I've had more regulator problems than generator problems. Good Luck


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