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#1 Scrufyb OFFLINE  

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Posted April 27, 2014 - 09:47 AM

Hello every one. This is my first post, I came across this site looking for information on my grandfathers bolens h16 garden tractor. I have the chance to have the tractor but it haven't been used in twenty years.

Information I've been told:
1. 73 bolens h16
2. Come with mower deck, tiller, and push blade.
3. Was parked due to bad engine, thought to be either broken crank or rod.

My questions for the experts here are
A. Is this tractor likely worth fixing/investing in by a novice?
B. what are the options for fixing the engine? Replacing the engine?
C. Where does the h16 stack up in terms or bolens model range, history, value, and capibilitys?

Thanks in advance for any help offered.
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#2 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted April 27, 2014 - 09:49 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum. The Bolens folk will be along shortly to answer your questions.



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Posted April 27, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Welcome to GTT :wave:

 

You will not find anything made today that will compare to the quality and amount of attachments you can run with a Bolens.

If you like working and fixing things then these may be a good tractor for you. With any machine thats this old or been sitting for an extended amount of time its likely your going to need to spend some $$ to bring it back to operating condition.

 

 This Model was made 1973-1977



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Posted April 27, 2014 - 10:37 AM

Hi, welcome to GTtalk.



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Posted April 27, 2014 - 11:22 AM

Nice machines and well worth spending time and $ to bring it back to good health. You will also learn a lot doing it. Besides, you get to hang out here which is a nice benefit IME! 



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Posted April 27, 2014 - 11:34 AM

Welcome to GTT. Your H16 is a medium size tractor and known as a "tube frame" because of the pipes that make up the frame. I think that the H16 is the best of the tube frames but I'm envious because I only have an H14. There are two big points to consider on the tractor: 1. sentimental, its from your grandfather, 2. practical, its a great heavy duty tractor with the most popular attachments.

First, I recommend that you download the pertinent manuals from our Manuals Section. You are allowed 3 for free per day. Also download some of the brouchures that show the various attachments that they sold. There are still plenty of Bolens tractors and attachments around. When you are comfortable with the tractor, take the engine out and post a bunch of pics. We will try to help you evaluate it and come up with options for you. Hopefully you can just rebuild the engine. DO NOT throw anything away. There many be valuable parts on the engine. Good Luck, Rick

BTW How far are you from Uncle Willie(look for his posts)?

http://gardentractor...olens-1656-h16/
this H14 manual is close to yours http://gardentractor...-owners-manual/

Edited by boyscout862, April 27, 2014 - 12:17 PM.

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Posted April 27, 2014 - 12:08 PM

:welcometogttalk:

You stated your a novice/ newbie. Are you interested /capable of doing mechanical work? If so it would be a great way to get your feet wet and learn. Like others have said, sentimental value , would make it worth it, as well as the fact new ones won't be as well made!

post some pics and remember take pics and notes before you take anything apart!

Good luck, Tom


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Posted April 27, 2014 - 02:12 PM

The H16 was the largest of the tube frames. It is a great tractor to restore. See if there is any oil leaking from the hydrostatic. It is the piece under the tractor right in the middle of the axle. It has cooling fins on it. If there is oil leaking it may be a seal or the fin cover may be worn to the point where a seal will do no good. Have a good look around on it. 



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Posted April 27, 2014 - 06:39 PM

Well I was supposed to go pick her up today but plans had to change and I won't be able to get it till next weekend. In the mean time I'll start going through the site and seeing what all I can learn. I'll post pics when I get to pick her up.

Rick, it looks like uncle willie lives in gaston county and I live in iredell county about 45 mins to an hour away. Any other good people to know in my area?
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Posted April 28, 2014 - 05:40 PM

I own one of these . the engine may just need some adjustment , if you remove the spark plug and run a stiff wire(hanger or other type of mechanics wire) into the cylinder and turn the flywheel by hand and the piston moves up and down "don't jam the wire in the cylinder" the the rod and crank and piston should be good , before you do this though remove the upper half of the rocker box so while you are turning the engine over you can see if the valvetrain is moving if it does check the clearance between the rocker and the valve stem and adjust to the clearance to the book spec's to start and it may fire up with no other work . some people that never owned ohv engines didn't know to check and adjust the valves yearly . I'm not saying this is the one cure to all it's ills but when i got mine the valves where so far out of adjustment that it couldn't get any air in or out and couldn't fire with what it was getting . hope this helps

 welcome and goodluck on the bolens :wewantpics: :welcometogttalk:


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Posted April 28, 2014 - 06:53 PM

Not many times one gets a chance at their Grandfather's old GT, so get it, and get it fast!  No matter what it costs & how much work it takes, it'll be worth it!


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Posted April 29, 2014 - 06:56 AM

Welcome to the forum! Good to have another NC guy on the site! As you have seen there is a lot of great info to be gleaned from this site, and great people willing to help you along the way! Good luck in getting it back to running again.


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Posted May 04, 2014 - 08:25 PM

Picked her up this evening. I don't have it home yet but at least it is in the right town and I was able to get some pictures. Everyone let me know what you think.

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Posted May 04, 2014 - 09:22 PM

That looks great! It is worth putting $$$ into. You will find it to be an awesome GT when you get to work it! :thumbs:  :thumbs:

 

 

 

Geno


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Posted May 04, 2014 - 09:27 PM

Yes, a good looking tractor!  It'll make a great restoration project, or use as she is once mechanically ready.


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