Been wanting a garden tractor for quite a while now, and today I aquired this Bolens H16 from my mother/father in-law. A renter of a property they own left this there and from the moment I saw it I've wanted to take it home, long story short today was that day!
Managed to snap a few pics tonight and look it over a little closer, shes not perfect but its a great starting project tractor. Over time I plan to restore it and eventually pass it along to my son when I can afford a newer rig.
What you see in the pics is all I have with it, just a mower deck. Previous owner fabricated a quick hitch for the 3 point hitch, and welded it on there. I believe the tecumseh has been rebuilt but no proof of it this far, it does have what looks like a brand new starter on there. Starts okay, find it turns over quite a few times before catching but runs good when it starts. The stack i believe he just cut stock exhaust and turned it upright, threw a stack on top of it, put the rain cap and called it a day. Theres what seems to be a small car battery in it, and I believe was the reasoning behind lifting the dash up a few inches. Problem with that is you hit your hands on it when steering, so it was cut around (kind of upset about this) to prevent that, but either my hands are bigger or not nearly enough ha.
I'm not the most mechanically inclined person so I'm sure I'll need some help from the Bolens pro's on the web along the way so I thought I'd start here.
Eventually I'd really like to repower it with a single cylinder diesel, probably one of the yanmar china clones. I'd also like to get a snowblower if I could ever find one, or even a plow. I'd also like to get a little one bottom plow and disc harrow for the rear and eventually do a little garden with it also.
Sorry about the wall of text, just wanted to give a slight introduction and plans with my new toy. Like I mentioned in the title, I'm new to the game of GTs so if anyone has any tips/tricks/comments or anything of the sort feel free to post!