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Posted June 05, 2014 - 08:40 PM

Well this is embarrassing!

 

Turns out some idiot (me) swapped the spark plug wire on another Bolens and turns out the old one must have a break in it somewhere. Put on a different wire and she fired right up!

 

Ordering 4 plug wires from wisconsin tomorrow to replace all the questionable ones I have on these tractors :D


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Posted June 05, 2014 - 08:49 PM

Well this is embarrassing!
 
Turns out some idiot (me) swapped the spark plug wire on another Bolens and turns out the old one must have a break in it somewhere. Put on a different wire and she fired right up!
 
Ordering 4 plug wires from wisconsin tomorrow to replace all the questionable ones I have on these tractors :D

glad u figured it out an it was simple vs having to replace the mag
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Posted June 05, 2014 - 08:52 PM

glad u figured it out an it was simple vs having to replace the mag

 

Yeah, I was happy I didnt have to get a coil.

Now the restoration can begin! :bounce:

Went ahead and changed the title , going all in on this one.


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Posted June 05, 2014 - 09:14 PM

Cool, looking forward to watching the restoration. Glad you got it running without too much difficulty.
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Posted June 05, 2014 - 09:43 PM

What do you plan to put on it?


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 06:55 AM

Thats yet to be decided!

 

:D

 

Looks like I'm in for some more fun playing with green paint and decals again!

 

Where do you get your decals? Anyone make a complete set yet?


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 12:47 PM

Thats yet to be decided!
 
:D
 
Looks like I'm in for some more fun playing with green paint and decals again!
 
Where do you get your decals? Anyone make a complete set yet?

there is a guy on eBay that has all the decals he sells them separate not as a set but they are not exactly correct I get my tank decals from maple hunter. The frame decals I get from Hank Watkins an the wheel decals I get from a friend Missouri Bob Craig
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Posted June 06, 2014 - 12:55 PM

there is a guy on eBay that has all the decals he sells them separate not as a set but they are not exactly correct I get my tank decals from maple hunter. The frame decals I get from Hank Watkins an the wheel decals I get from a friend Missouri Bob Craig

 

Ok,

I'm going to work with corey at click it and stick it then to get the complete set.

I'm a bit of a freak for details and need to have the decals to OEM spec :D I'm always Leary of getting them from different sources as far too often people have made incorrect measurements. (Maple hunter for example)

 

Going to need a volunteer who has a good photo of the original "Ridemaster" frame decal as well as the tank decals.

Were the calcium decals the same as the walkbehinds?

 

If I'm thinking right, The complete set should include:

 

Tank Decals (2)

Air Cleaner Decal (1)

Frame Decal (2)

Calcium Wheel decal (2)??? Were they on the rear tires too?


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 01:13 PM

Ok,
I'm going to work with corey at click it and stick it then to get the complete set.
I'm a bit of a freak for details and need to have the decals to OEM spec :D I'm always Leary of getting them from different sources as far too often people have made incorrect measurements. (Maple hunter for example)
 
Going to need a volunteer who has a good photo of the original "Ridemaster" frame decal as well as the tank decals.
Were the calcium decals the same as the walkbehinds?
 
If I'm thinking right, The complete set should include:
 
Tank Decals (2)
Air Cleaner Decal (1)
Frame Decal (2)
Calcium Wheel decal (2)??? Were they on the rear tires too?

. The front wheels have decals that state tire size an pressure the back wheels have the calcium decals
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Posted June 06, 2014 - 04:15 PM

Aaron, maybe you can answer a question that I've wondered about on the front wheel decals.

 

From what I understand, the first Ridemasters had  18 inch front rims and later switched to the 16 inch rims with the 18 inch rims still being offered as an option.

The wheel decals that I bought have the tire pressure for 4.00x12,  4.00x18 & 5.50x16 tires.

 

Would the decals on the first tractors have had only the 12 and 18 inch tires listed  and then the 16 inch added to the decal after they switched to the 16 inch tires ?


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 09:02 PM

Aaron, maybe you can answer a question that I've wondered about on the front wheel decals.
 
From what I understand, the first Ridemasters had  18 inch front rims and later switched to the 16 inch rims with the 18 inch rims still being offered as an option.
The wheel decals that I bought have the tire pressure for 4.00x12,  4.00x18 & 5.50x16 tires.
 
Would the decals on the first tractors have had only the 12 and 18 inch tires listed  and then the 16 inch added to the decal after they switched to the 16 inch tires ?

. I honestly believe that you could get the larger tire from the start but most the early ones left the factory with skinny tires I have somewhat of a early one that's original it's r-525 it reads just like you stated with the 5.50-16 included not sure about any earlier than that as my other two early ridemasters one has been repainted an the other one the original wheels were already blasted an primed when I got it
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Posted June 07, 2014 - 08:29 AM

I have a half of a full set done I just been slaking on getting the last part of the set right and done. 


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Posted June 07, 2014 - 07:56 PM

I have a half of a full set done I just been slaking on getting the last part of the set right and done. 

 

Are you using click it and stick it?

 

How much more do you have to go?


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Posted June 08, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Are you using click it and stick it?

 

How much more do you have to go?

 

 

Im useing my own guy you may be better off doing it how ever because I dont know when I will get my sets done.


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Posted June 09, 2014 - 07:35 PM

Got the old wheel cut and the new steering wheel welded up today.

Trying to fix all the glaring mechanical issues before total dissassembly.

How do you guys move your Ridemasters? You cant push them like the rest of the Bolens and you basically need an engine running any time you want to move it!


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