I started checking out my recent purchase, what I thought was my parts Bolens seems to run pretty good. This tractor had been sitting in a cow pasture for several years. When I brought it home I thought the engine was seized. So I pulled the plug put oil in the hole left it sit for a day. I tried breaking it loose with a wrench on the nut of the generator. No luck. So I decided to take the cover off of the end of the engine so I could get a wrench right on the end of the crank. When I did this the engine turned free. I turned it over by hand a few times. Put the old plug back in with a drop of gas. Squirted some gas in the carb. Used a rope on the pulley. After about 5 tries it started to fire. A few more pulls, it really started to belch smoke and run. So I removed the carb cleaned it up, changed the engine and gearbox oil. A battery fresh gas in the tank using the rope it starts and runs ok. Carb needs to be set better.
After trying a generator from a Cub Cadet (it turns the wrong way) The tractor doesn't start worth a hoot when its turning the wrong way. I did figure that out within a hour. I took the generator off the Bolens with bad tranny.
So this tractor starts and runs pretty well. I was checking it out greasing it just going over closer tonight. The steering is tight doesn't skip. All the grease fittings took grease. There is even grease fittings on both ends of the drag link from the steering gear to the front end. (My original bolens does not have this.) It even has the steering wheel centre cap. Even the light work. I think this machine has less wear than my original machine. I think its still running lean. Hoping its warm enough on the weekend that I fiddle with that, get the carb adjusted, take it to the car wash get it cleaned up good.
The home made blade should work just fine to.
Edited by Alberta Bolens, November 12, 2013 - 10:48 PM.