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Posted November 27, 2011 - 05:49 PM

I'm not sure...
So far all the engines I have all come up as January

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Posted February 19, 2012 - 03:06 PM

THANKS DR. BOLENS I NOW KNOW MY ENG. IS A 1971.
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Posted February 23, 2012 - 10:15 PM

correction my tractor is a 1054 , i'm doing an off frame restoration at the present time i removed the belts today and saw exactly what you was talking about . thanks again. bobby

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Posted April 26, 2012 - 12:04 AM

Found this neat link that allows you to type in your engine's serial # and it gives you the year and month of when the engine was manufactured! :thumbs:

Posted ImageI just found this! I typed in the number from my Gard'n Mast'r with the Wisconsin AEN engine. It came back with January 1952. So now I know it all matches as I already know from the Tractor numbers that It is a 1952. thanks!!



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Posted September 24, 2012 - 11:19 PM

My 960-01 Grounds Keeper has a two cylinder Wisconsin engine. The serial number lookup says the engine was made in 1953. The tractor is probably a 1966, GKs were only made in 1966 and 1967. They must have gotten a good deal on some surplus engines.

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 05:47 AM

My 960-01 Grounds Keeper has a two cylinder Wisconsin engine. The serial number lookup says the engine was made in 1953. The tractor is probably a 1966, GKs were only made in 1966 and 1967. They must have gotten a good deal on some surplus engines.


The Grounds Keeper's were sold 1966-1969....

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 08:37 AM

My 960-01 Grounds Keeper has a two cylinder Wisconsin engine. The serial number lookup says the engine was made in 1953. The tractor is probably a 1966, GKs were only made in 1966 and 1967. They must have gotten a good deal on some surplus engines.


I may be wrong, but I don't think Wisconsin was supplying 13-14-year-old engines to Bolens.

Is it possible that the engine in your GK is not original? ....Or, that the sheetmetal with the model/serial number had been replaced at some point? .....Or, that the serial number was mis-stamped when it was manufactured?

Is it possible that you mis-read the serial number? .....Or, perhaps the info at the linked Wisconsin site is incorrect?

No dis-respect intended ! .....I just find it hard to believe that Wisconsin had enough 13-year-old engines laying around to supply Bolens for the GK's.

By the way, did you download (if you need them) the Wisconsin manuals for the THD engines from that same Wisconsin link?

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 02:51 PM

Well, I double-checked the serial number and confirmed the engine was manufactured in 1953. The likely solution is that the engine has been replaced. From what I've been able to gather, the Grounds Keepers had THD model engines, and this one is a TFD. The manuals I got with the machine include an engine manual for Models W2-880, TJD, THD, and TH. The repair manual fro the TFD is not available on the Wisconsin website. I have asked them for some help in getting one, or to confrm the manual I have will work. Noting urgent, the engine starts and runs fine.

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 06:06 PM

The Grounds Keeper's were sold 1966-1969....


I know two years 1966-1967....

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Posted September 25, 2012 - 06:09 PM

I know two years 1966-1967....


They are shown in the 69' brochures so I'm assuming they were available in 68' as well.
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Posted December 29, 2012 - 07:56 AM

I'm January 1970. That must be one busy factory the first of the year.

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Posted January 21, 2013 - 10:22 PM

The motor on my 1250 came back Jan. Of 1967, so that would makethe tractor a 68 correct? Or might it be a 67?

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Posted January 22, 2013 - 03:45 AM

The motor on my 1250 came back Jan. Of 1967, so that would makethe tractor a 68 correct? Or might it be a 67?

 

It could be either based on the engine production date.

 

The Bolens model 197-01 was 1967 production.  .....The model 197-02 was 1968 production. ....The model 197-03 was 1969 production.



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Posted January 25, 2013 - 08:56 PM

I have engines that come up at other months then just Jan.


Edited by wilberj, January 25, 2013 - 08:57 PM.


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Posted June 16, 2013 - 08:17 AM

That's very helpful - I've been uncertain for almost 20 years about the age of my Husky 1050!






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