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#1 xrs OFFLINE  

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Posted April 11, 2014 - 06:47 PM

Hello everyone! 

 

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!

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Posted April 11, 2014 - 06:53 PM

Welcome to GTT! :wave:

Looks like a good fixer upper, these Bolens were built tough as nails and I think you will enjoy using it.

Besides the bad paint job and the parts someone hacked up it is in decent shape.

 

If the Tecumseh runs I would not bother replacing it, it will have all the power you need.

 

If you have any questions ask away we are here to help :thumbs:


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Posted April 11, 2014 - 06:54 PM

What do all those yellow caution stickers say?



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Posted April 11, 2014 - 07:10 PM

Welcome. Enjoy your new toy/work machine. Lots of information here. Nice pictures. We all like that ! Noel
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Posted April 11, 2014 - 07:14 PM

Thanks for having me! 

 

Ya mechanically its really not in bad shape, I'm just a diesel fan.  I work on a farm with a bunch of 100-300 hp diesel tractors and I catch the black smoke sickness.  All those yellow stickers are "check wix filter" stickers, I don't know why PO decided to plaster them all over that bad red paint job but it is what it is. 

 

I do really enjoy it so far, I haven't really been able to do anything with it today due to time restrictions but it seems to go real well.  Hydraulic lift works well but with a little noise, mower deck engages well but is either in need of new bearings or some grease. 

 

When I was young my father had a bolens around this era and I used it all the time and it was a tank that always wanted more, no end to these little bolens and am thrilled I finally have the chance to own/use one.

 

Sorry if some of the pics aren't real clear, stole my wifes dslr while she's at work to snap a few shots.  Ill get the pro out there one day when she's not busy!


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Posted April 11, 2014 - 07:18 PM

Good starter project,they are good tractors,those frount Bolens hub caps are hard to come by,hope they will clean up good for,put the right color back on it and you will have a nice piece


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Posted April 11, 2014 - 07:41 PM

Whats the hood scoop for? Is it because of the bread box on top of the engine (that's what I call OHV Tecumsehs valve cover)??


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Posted April 11, 2014 - 07:46 PM

Whats the hood scoop for? Is it because of the bread box on top of the engine (that's what I call OHV Tecumsehs valve cover)??

 

Yes, the hoods couldn't clear the OHV covers so Bolens added those hood scoops


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Posted April 11, 2014 - 07:46 PM

    Welcome, you may not be mechanically inclined now but after awhile playing tractor you will be a pro.  Those bolens are really nice machines and an excellent place to start.  Good luck


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Posted April 11, 2014 - 08:00 PM

Tecumseh went out of business about 12 years ago so parts may kind of tricky to find.


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Posted April 11, 2014 - 09:03 PM

WELCOME! Nice Bolens!
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Posted April 11, 2014 - 09:11 PM

What size hp diesel? Just interested. Never had one. Noel
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Posted April 12, 2014 - 01:20 AM

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You came in the game looking like a pro. Nice pictures, Thanks.


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Posted April 12, 2014 - 04:46 AM

Welcome to the fourm, you got a good one there, plenty of power to work with, like the exhaust stack.


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Posted April 12, 2014 - 05:23 AM

Welcome to GTT. Congratulations, you got a really good tube frame. You can download manuals from our Manuals Section(3 for free per day). The attachments for tube frames are pretty common. You'll find what you want with a little patience and the chart in the Manuals Section. Good Luck, Rick


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