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#1 cody6268 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 26, 2014 - 03:36 PM

In the field, my dad and I found an old Bolens Power-Ho with cultivator. It's rusted, but only surface rust for the most part.  It appears to need at least a few parts.  

 

The following information I got off the serial plate. 

 

Type: 12BB01

 

Serial: A39498

 

Is it worth restoring? 

 

Are parts difficult to find.  


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Posted April 26, 2014 - 03:38 PM

Hi, Welcome to GTT

 

The 12BB-01 Power Ho was the most produced of the power Ho line and there are still a bunch around.

They are great machines and do alot of work for their size.

 

You can still find some parts for the engines and chassis.

 

We would love to see some pictures of it!



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Posted April 26, 2014 - 04:03 PM

Cody, Welcome to GTtalk. That is a great piece to restore. Please post some photos when you get the chance.



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Posted April 26, 2014 - 04:26 PM

Got any links to places where I can find parts?



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Posted April 26, 2014 - 04:28 PM

What parts are you looking for?

Did you check our site sponsors section yet?

I can supply many new parts if thats what your looking for?



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Posted April 26, 2014 - 05:22 PM

So far I need the air cleaner for the engine, the entire implement control assembly (the handle and rod), cables (they are worn out), a few belts (cracked), and all  the rubber control handle covers, a screw or two and a tine for the cultivator attachment, as well as tires (which are $200, probably the most expensive part) 

 

I'll probably know more tomorrow when I  take it out of the field and wash it off.  

 

It doesn't run, and the engine's locked up. 

 

Here's the pics of the tractor. 

 

 

 

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(Why did they use Calcium Chloride in tires back then?)

 

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The type no. of the Briggs and Stratton engine is 702814 and the serial no. is 89645


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Posted April 26, 2014 - 05:30 PM

She's definitely seen better days but can be brought back to life.

Belts & Throttle cables are no problem to get, I have those on the shelf.

The control grips are NLA but I am working with a manufacture as we speak so stay tuned :D

 

The sheet metal looks great! (No cut pieces or massive dents)

Tires can be found on ebay. Are your rims still good?

 

 

Keep us updated and if you have any questions we are here to help! :thumbs:



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Posted April 26, 2014 - 07:43 PM

CaCl2 was used because of the weight per gallon and the fact that it wouldn't freeze.....The down side was it is corrosive.

"Beet juice"  Rim Guard is the new calcium chloride.

 

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Posted April 26, 2014 - 08:40 PM

 Just put new tubes in those tires, and they'll be fine just as they are! :bigrofl:



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Posted April 26, 2014 - 09:14 PM

WELCOME!



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Posted April 27, 2014 - 03:22 AM

Welcome to the forum!

 

I've seen worst brought back to life. The key is time. Don't try and rush around trying to find parts for it.

The Briggs model 8 uses a lot of the same parts as other Briggs engines. The oil bath air cleaner housing can be swapped out for a steel one which are pretty common. The only thing with a 8R6 is if the crank is worn to much and needs replacing, finding a used one is going to be your best bet as new ones are pretty much nonexistent. The same with the goes for finding an over sized piston. There is new ones out there but they're getting scarce as no one reproduces them.

Tires and rims aren't to hard to find. A lot of different manufactures used that size of tire and rim or new ones are always an option.

The cultivator shovels were also the same as other manufactures.


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Posted April 27, 2014 - 07:02 AM

I have an old 3HP Briggs and Stratton engine (circa mid '60s), that's missing some things, but will still run.  Are there any parts that might be interchangeable between this one and the 8R6? 



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Posted April 27, 2014 - 09:19 AM

I have an old 3HP Briggs and Stratton engine (circa mid '60s), that's missing some things, but will still run.  Are there any parts that might be interchangeable between this one and the 8R6? 

As long it is a "8" the piston should be the same. If the carb and intake look the same they'll work. Hard to tell with out a pic of it.



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Posted June 19, 2014 - 09:36 PM

Due to my ACT test, I've had to take a long delay.  

 

This weekend, I plan to start work, beginning with washing it off. I will post more pics after I get all the dirt off.  



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Posted June 20, 2014 - 06:20 AM

Welcome to the forum. That would be a really cool piece to try and get running again. Maybe the engine is simply stuck fill the plug hole with marvel mystery oil and let it set for days while you are doing other things.






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