Working on the Bolens 1886 I bought, I finally got idle mixture needle drilled out and replaced in the carb and the engine running. I noticed when I hooked up the battery cable there was a spark between cable and batter post--even with the key off.
Well, I found out where the problem is--there's a short in the Regulator/Rectifier. This is the solid state unit, not the old, coil/point type like cars used to have (and earlier Bolens models).
The item isn't made anymore, so I'm looking for a replacement I can graft in. It has a single phase 30 amp alternator on it, so I've been looking at motorcycle regulator rectifiers, which have a similar charging system.
Has anyone else come across this problem? If so, how did you deal with it?