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Posted October 01, 2014 - 07:11 PM

I posted in one of the other threads about us getting this thing running and realized I don't think we ever posted pictures of it. I had a chance this weekend to get a few pics and took a small video for a walk around and of it running.

 

We knew the motor would turn over when we got it but that was the extent of it. It was sitting at the side of the garage for at least the last 6 months. Couple of weekends ago we finally had a chance to start working on it. We cleaned out the gas tank, ran new fuel line. Purchased a gasket kit and carb rebuild kit.

 

I rebuilt the carb but kept having issues with it leaking out of the throttle body. Figuring it was either a stuck needle or a bad float I kept pulling it off and checking it. I realized each time I dumped the fuel bowl even though we had cleaned the gas tank and ran new fuel line with a filter that somehow we were still getting tiny pieces of dirt in the gas. Worked through all of that and we were able to get it running. The problem was it would only fire off every couple of tries.

 

We put the timing light on and sure enough it was missing. The points were already set and cleaned. The spark plug cable was a little questionable though. Decided to pull the flywheel off and check the magneto. The coil at the magneto was cracked and in pretty bad shape. I switched it over to battery ignition with parts we already had. Once that was done it fired off every time on the first try when the starter belt didn't slip.

 

I forgot to mention that dad took the starter generator and had it rebuilt. They do a great job, with sandblasting them and painting along with new nuts for the wire connections. The other item that needs some use is the variable drive pulleys. From it living a hard life sitting out in the weather for who knows how many years there is a lot of surface rust on the pulleys. It makes it very grabby when first getting it going. Otherwise it runs great and a very fun tractor to drive around with.

 

I know the grill / hood on the 1962 year Bolens Ride-a-matics isn't everyone's favorite. We are unsure if we will restore it or leave it tell it's story with it's natural patina and beauty :D

 

I gotta admit that I really like it. Here are the pics that i took and below them is the short walk around video. 

 

 

 

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Posted October 01, 2014 - 07:13 PM

I also forgot to mention that the Cyclone sticker someone put on it at one time added 1 hp to the little Kohler.


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Posted October 01, 2014 - 07:23 PM

Looks and runs great George!

Its hard finding these with all belt guards still on!!!

 

If you ever want to go back to Magneto ignition there's a guy that makes new ones.

 

Its an ugly tractor but one that every Bolens collector should have :thumbs: 

I Hope to find a complete one someday as nice as yours.


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Posted October 01, 2014 - 07:28 PM

That ignition really worked well. Congrats on a Running RAM!

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Posted October 01, 2014 - 07:39 PM

I remember when Brian (Bolens 1000) posted a Bolens ad with this model of tractor in it. I teased about how ugly that front end was... and it still is! But I wouldn't hesitate one bit to have one!! I really do think it's a great tractor. Thank you for sharing the photos and video!!
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Posted October 01, 2014 - 08:57 PM

I don't know guys,I still think there pretty cool looking


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Posted October 01, 2014 - 09:53 PM

I don't know guys,I still think there pretty cool looking

 

So do I.  You're not the only one.  They had a style of their own.

 

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Posted October 01, 2014 - 10:03 PM

Glad you got it going George and I think that model looks grow on you, you wither like them or think they are butt ugly. I would like to have one of them one of these days.



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Posted October 01, 2014 - 10:05 PM

Very nice bolens. I really like nice too.



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Posted October 01, 2014 - 10:09 PM

I don't know guys,I still think there pretty cool looking

As do I. And I know nothing about them.

There was a guy on RFD TV Classic Tractor Fever who had a collection of Bolens, and that one right there was one they were featuring. They look real cool in their factory color.

I say cool tractor :thumbs:



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Posted October 01, 2014 - 10:12 PM

Nice little 1962 George



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Posted October 01, 2014 - 10:13 PM

As do I. And I know nothing about them.

There was a guy on RFD TV Classic Tractor Fever who had a collection of Bolens, and that one right there was one they were featuring. They look real cool in their factory color.

I say cool tractor :thumbs:

 

That would of been Steve Johnson I known him for some years, great guy.



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Posted October 02, 2014 - 07:07 AM

Hey George it is unique looking and if you collected Bolen's, yea I'd want one







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