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Posted May 29, 2014 - 09:05 PM

Hi, I'm new to this site,glad I found it. I just bought a bolens super transmatic walk behind tractor with cultivator,and misc items. The unit is complete , good shape for age, but has not run in years, stored inside. I will attempt to locate parts,carb kits, points/condenser suppliers for a Kohler k 90 engine. The PO told me a few years back he was going to get it running, and in the process of removing the part you wrap the rope around to pull start it, he broke the long nut that holds the fly wheel secure off , and never did anymore to get it going. Sold it to me in said shape. So...will definitely be a fun project. What engine options may work,if this k90 Kohler does not work,
I will post pics tomorrow. Let me know of any parts people to do business with thanks all, Jim

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Posted May 29, 2014 - 09:34 PM

welcome to the site. Always looking to see more people with walking tractors get in here. We have a couple of Bolens experts, so your in luck, and at least one of them has some parts.

 

Never heard of a transmatic, maybe its a versamatic ?? Well we are awaiting the pictures of your goodies.


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Posted May 29, 2014 - 09:41 PM

That old Kohler K90 will work.  The Kohlers are great engines.

 

I can get you almost anything you want for it.

 

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Posted May 29, 2014 - 09:49 PM

[quote name="superaben" post="458998" timestamp="1401417669"]That old Kohler K90 will work.  The Kohlers are great engines.

 

 
I can get you almost anything you want for it.
 
Thanks Ben, great that you have parts. What would all be involved for fixing that flywheel shaft that twisted off inside that nut. I need a parts manual,so I can word things right,lol


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Posted May 29, 2014 - 09:58 PM

Oops, versamatic , not a transmatic. I will get pictures up tomorrow. Looking forward to getting this awesome 2 wheeler going. Sure looks heavy duty. Thanks for adding me t o the forum. Jim

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Posted May 29, 2014 - 10:24 PM

I hate to say this, but if the stud the long nut attaches to is broke off, the end of the crankshaft is broken off.  I hope not.

 

Send me the complete Kohler model and spec (all the info on tag) and let me see what I can drag up.

 

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Posted May 29, 2014 - 10:43 PM

Welcome to the Forum!

I see has Ben has you covered for engine parts.

If you need any chassis parts like bearings and belts I can help you out.

 

 

Looking Forward to seeing pictures, do you know what model Versa-Matic it is?



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Posted May 29, 2014 - 11:45 PM

If the end of the crank is broken off, could it be drilled and tapped for a bolt? Either that, or you'll need a replacement crankshaft.

Looking forward to pictures, welcome!

Bob

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Posted May 30, 2014 - 06:06 AM

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Posted May 30, 2014 - 06:17 AM

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Posted May 30, 2014 - 06:26 AM

Here is more picsIMG_20140530_055238.jpg IMG_20140530_055410.jpg IMG_20140530_055238.jpg IMG_20140530_055135.jpg


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Posted May 30, 2014 - 06:40 AM

Hi all, I had a chance this morning to check the crankshaft. Stud, and yes it broke off inside the nut. There was enough stud, that I could get a nut to thread in and hold . I then decided to check compression , wet or dry had the same reading , around 57. I will need to get some manuals, before digging further.
I will say I question how accurate my compression test was, as it was not easy to get at spark plug hole with hood on, and I could only finger tighten the tester ...more to come. Thanks all for the help, and I'm sure I will be needing parts, plan to use the sources here.

One other thing ,I put gas in tank, and after cranking over the engine a few times , gas was running out of the carb,everywhere. Lol

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Posted May 30, 2014 - 07:08 AM

Looks to be in decent shape, This one should be a 1956-1957 Model

 

If gas is running out the carb after a few pulls it means you have sufficient compression to start the engine, was the sparkplug/ compression tester wet when you pulled it out?

 

Here's the owners manual: http://gardentractor...-01-02-versa-m/


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Posted May 30, 2014 - 08:52 AM

Looks to be in decent shape, This one should be a 1956-1957 Model
 
If gas is running out the carb after a few pulls it means you have sufficient compression to start the engine, was the sparkplug/ compression tester wet when you pulled it out?
 
Here's the owners manual: http://gardentractor...-01-02-versa-m/

 

Thanks for the info Dr bolens.yes spark plug is wet when I crank over, and I checked
spark with spark tester, and looks to be spark, not a strong spark tho



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Posted May 30, 2014 - 09:48 AM

The nut piece that your saying is busted off originally was used for the recoil starter that was standard equipment on the super versa-matic. 9 out of 10 tractors they are missing from because the recoil starter would fail the owner would remove it trash it then use a rope. The super versa was introduced in 1954 an continued till at least 1960 with only slight changes made throughout production I have a very early model as well as one of the last produced can't hardly tell them apart. These are very handy units an a lot of fun to work have tended a garden several times using one from plowing to cultivating also used a lot to push snow You can't beat these little kohlers they knew what they was doing when they built them. Looks like you have a pretty complete unit only missing the belt guard from what I can see
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