I stopped by where the two Bolens are in Vineland today, I had one of my AC tractors on the trailer. I figured he would want to look it over before making a decision on the trade.
I don't think he's as interested in the trade now as I am. He seemed a bit disapointed in the condition of my AC, the rusted out battery box and dash, and Briggs vs. Kohler engine may have killed his interest in it.
We may be back to square one on the deal.
I did take a spare battery with me and checked the compression on both Bolens engines. The both were pretty close in compression, the 1455 having a bit higher reading.
The 1250 fired up on carb cleaner so he rigged up a fuel supply from a small tank and to my surprise, as well as his, it ran fine.
The Hydro pump moaned a bit at first but cleared up after only a few seconds. It moved forward and back just fine.
I didn't try the left pedal, I didn't realize it wasn't just a foot rest. We couldn't run the 1455 since its in need of an ignition module.
What is the compression ratio of an S12D or S14D engine?
On the S12 the PTO lever felt limp, it engaged just fine but didn't snap into place like I would have thought, but he's got a new PTO linkage set up there from a parts machine if it needs it.
The park/neutral lever is real stiff on the 1250, Park don't always engage on the 1455, but he's got a new or good used parking pin ready to install for the 1455. There's some fluid dripping from the Park pin on the 1455.
Not having the bucket attached, I he didn't run the loader much, just enough to excercise it up and down and he retracted and extended the bucket cylinders part way. It all worked fine which was my main concern.
My main concern now is that after spending the time to get the 1250 running, he may well just want to keep it now. He's not interested in my three machines after seeing the best one, so I may still be looking for a bigger machine, or I'll just have to stick with the AC 416S for now.
I've got about $600 wrapped up in the three machines, so I'd have to get at least that out of them. I probably don't stand much of a chance in selling them though. They just look too rough.
For now I'm back to waiting for my tax refund I guess.