OB has ya covered for decals, Nate at Vintage Reproductions does top notch work. I ordered decals for an imported Bolens last year from somewhere else and the decals were fine, but very slow and really expensive.
Torque head bolts to 35 ft/lbs. Sequence is top center, bottom center, and work clockwise from there. (rounded end to your right)
As suggested, I would tube the tire to keep it original and give it a coat or two of MillerTire black paint.
And I do remember you from the other place when I was a mod there. Welcome to GT Talk!
Cat385B - what was your username on the other site?
I appreciate everyone's responses. Dad and I estimated that the tractor has sat for closer to 15 years, rather than 12. I pulled both heads, cleaned the head gaskets, and carefully cleaned all of the carbon off the engine and head. I rotated the motor so that I could access each valve individually and clean the backside with a nylon brush and some cleaning solvent. It took a long time to get all the carbon build up cleaned - but it turned out really well. I cut a nice set of Accel high temp plugs, verified that the points were clean and put a new set of Autolite plugs in it (not my first choice - but was the only thing available today. I will pick up something else next week). I also picked up a new fuel filter and Oil Filter (FYI you can pick up a K&N oil filter and 5qts of - I think...Mobile 1 or Valvoline Synthetic for 20 something at Advanced Auto right now. That's a heck of a deal for a filter with the nut on the end - plus it's slightly longer than OEM). Anyways, back on subject - I installed the heads, sat the new battery on it and crossed my fingers.
She fired on the first crank! - although I had to adjust the carb slightly off from the factory settings. I'm not sure if the fuel pump is the issue. It smoked a little, but I suppose it could get better after some use.
I drove it over to my house from the garage and gave it a quick bath with the pressure washer and some degreaser.
Here are a few more before pictures - including a few of the heads and engine. My project HT23 is lurking in the background as well.
You can tell that is was blowing oil out - mainly because it was WAYYYY over filled. Once I have a chance I will do a compression test, but I believe it is okay.
Plenty of dirt and grime
The decal on this side is in poor shape. All of the other decals are in exceptional shape for a tractor this age.
I think these REALLY needed some cleaning
Slowly chipping away at the carbon - actually soaking, cursing, and scrubbing so that I didn't score or damage any of the surface.
I can't believe it was even able to run - although one of the valves was hanging open intermittently
I was shocked how much different it looked after knocking all the garage dust off of it. I couldn't believe how well the heads and engine cleaned up as well. My hands were a little to dirty to snap "after" pictures of the engine and heads, but they turned out really well. I actually mowed with it some as well... and moved my newly finished chicken coop/chicken tractor in place with it.
I did notice that the transmission is quite a bit more sensitive than my HT23's. I'm not sure what type of fluid grandpa put in it. I do know that it is red - perhaps ATF? Either way, it was very clean when I check it and is at the correct operating level.
Here are a few pictures after I cleaned it. I will make sure to take some tomorrow evening after I replace the seat. There is a new FMC seat in the garage that was never installed on it - as my grandfather liked to keep plenty of "spare parts" lol. There is also a REALLY comfortable high backed seat that I would love to put on it - but it's bright yellow Perhaps there is a way to dye it? Or maybe I can get it covered somewhere.
This a little dirty - but I plan on pulling the seat pan and cleaning it up some more. I only had a few minutes to dedicate to the "washing", so I can't wait till it's completely clean and greased up. Any idea if these are factory weights? I believe my grandfather actually built them - but I could be wrong.
I have the engine covers - but kept them off so I could clean and degrease it as much as possible. I will probably install them tomorrow.
Please excuse the mess. The shop needs some major cleaning and organizing. My make shift bench was where the HT20 spent the last 12-15 years buried. Grandpa had numerous garages with shop space - and stuff stuck in every available corner. Man that seat and Steering wheel are ugly - they are definitely on the "replace list"
Gas cap works, but the clear cover is busted and yellowed. Any idea if someone sells one of these gauge caps?
The rubber tread piece on the left side is torn (I actually have the missing piece that I will glue back on until it's time to strip and paint the tractor).
Factory 3pt - this thing has received plenty of work over the years. This tractor put many gardens over the years. Grandpa had a cultivator, plow, disk, and dump bucket for the back. He also has a snow blower (single stage) and a manual blade along with a sickle bar mower. I own a tiller and hydraulic angle blade.
I can't wait till I get a chance to pull my HT23's motor and replace the starter and front hydraulic lines. After that it's time to paint the BX wheels, order a set of matching rears - and paint and decal the hood and fender pan (not sure where to buy graphics yet - I looked at the link above - but they seem rather high compared to maple hunter). I plan on polishing the exhaust out again (it's dulled from the near mirror finish I gave it after initially installing it a few years ago). I also picked up - don't laugh - a "chrome" K&N oil filter to match. I also have new LED headlights (need to modify them still), LED indicator lights for the dash, a new LED rear utility light, and a new "factory" style tail light with an LED bulb. I'm also going to try and find a nice aftermarket steering wheel (Hopefully I can make it fit). I will probably add the bearing buddy hubs to both tractors.
It's a little more clean - I will probably media blast these some time and replace all the head bolts with some new ARP one's (on both machines)
Decal needs replaced on this side - but i'll probably wait and replace them all at some point - as I do want to repaint this and make it completely OEM.
My great grandparent's had a Ford/Bolens dealership many years ago (I'll have to ask Dad the exact years they were open). Because of this, pap collected plenty of spare parts (many were pre HT model parts - as he had an earlier single cylinder large frame, then an 1886). Speaking of the dealership... I actually found a binder in one of the cabinets that shows all the private dealership pricing from 1964 or 65 for some of the attachments and a few tractor models. I know it shows dealer cost on a johnson loader, many of the bolens attachments that year for the tube frame model 1050 and 850 - I think. It also has a few letters that explain what to do about a recall/replacement for the seat pan/cushion assembly for one of the models. I didn't leaf all the way through it because I didn't want to leave dirty finger prints (the downfall to messing with greasy tractors lol). Does this site have a literature archive? perhaps I could figure out how to scan and send this stuff to someone that is interested in sharing it on here sometime.
Anyways - those are my projects. I should have finished my HT23 years ago - but life got in the way. Now i'm ready to fire up the projects, and seeing the 20 that belonged to grandpa come back to life really ignited the Bolens passion again. Sorry for the long post - but wanted to share :)
Edited by nglauer, September 08, 2013 - 09:56 PM.